What jobs need doing this January for the upcoming year? From seed sowing to bird feeding.
January can seem like a slow month but it is a great time to plan for the upcoming year and what you want to achieve in your garden. Our gardens are a constant source of inspiration whatever the month and Winter planting can be some of the most beautiful and striking at a time we all need that extra boost.
We are going to pick our top tips for ideas you might like to do in the Garden this January.
Tip #1 - Feed the Birds!
Encouraging wildlife in our gardens is something we can all do and it has never been more important. January is often the coldest month, with natural food being at its lowest supply.
Make sure your feeders are topped up and ensure you have high fat content food available like suet.
Try to ensure your bird feeders are regularly cleaned to help prevent viruses
spreading amongst bird populations.
If you have nesting boxes, make sure they are secure. Remove last years nesting materials to encourage new visitors this year.
Tip #2 - Order your Flower/Veggie Seeds
January is the perfect time to make lists and plan. What have you always wanted to grow? Why not make 2022 the year you do?
If you have heated propagators you can start sowing seeds this month.
Favourites include: Chillies, Aubergines, Tomatoes, Carrots, Leeks, Broad Beans, Geraniums, Delphiniums, Begonias, Petunias, Lupins and many more.
"One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides"- W.E Johns, The Passing Show
Tip #3 - Hellebores, Hellebores and more Hellebores
We love hellebores! They are literal joy when they appear in your garden from late December onwards. Available in an abundance of colours, these beautiful flowers thrive in shaded garden spots and well drained soil. Plant surrounded by spring bulbs and your garden will be bursting with early Spring potential.
Tip #4 - Still got your Christmas Tree?
Why not give your cut Christmas Tree back to nature? Cut the branches off and pile in a quiet corner of the garden with any old leaf matter to make a cosy new home for wildlife in your garden?
Tip #5 - Blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants....
This time of year is ideal for planting fruit bushes. With a huge variety on the market there is something for everyone whether you have a small garden or room for an orchard! Homegrown fruit is so so tasty and its an activity which the whole family can get involved with; many summers were spent helping our Grandparents collect the raspberries and blackberries ready to be made into jam.
So there it is, just some of the reasons to get planning and out in your garden! As always, if you need anymore information we are on hand to offer our advice, just pop in or send an email and we will get back to.