Gardening Jobs for January
January can be a slow time in the gardening calendar, but there are still jobs that you can do -
In the kitchen garden you may still have brussels, parsnips and winter vege to harvest. Now is a good time to force rhubarb, which will be beginning to show through. Use a rhubarb forcer, or if you have a terracotta pot at least 12" tall, then this will work too.
Prune apple and pear trees - making sure that you 'open the tree up' to allow airflow and stop branches rubbing against one another. Prune the tips of main branch leaders and remove some of the older fruited branches. Make sure you use sharp secateurs to avoid unnecessary damage to the trees.
Greenhouses can be aired on good days, although if you are overwintering cuttings make sure you maintain a temperature of at least 5 degrees. January is a good time to consider sowing lettuce, radishes and spinach crops in the greenhouse, or on a sunny windowsill.
Seed potatoes are now in stock, a wide range of early, second and main crop varieties are available.
In the garden there is still time to cut back and tidy up deciduous plants. This will tidy them up and give them a chance to reshoot freely.
Continue to feed the birds - January can be a cold month which can be hard on wildlife.
Enjoy getting ready for spring!