January is a cold and quiet month in the garden – the perfect opportunity to plan your gardening year ahead.
Plants and Flowers
- January is the time to start pruning wisteria cutting back all the side-shoots pruned last summer. Cut these shoots to within 2 or 3 buds of the main framework.
- Clear up your perennial borders by cutting down any old dead stems to make way for new growth. Take care not to cut into any new growth.
- Plant bare-root roses now, choosing a position in full sun for the best flowering. You can also prune your roses now. For more advice about roses, including climbing roses take a look at our ‘How to grow roses’ article.
- Keep dead-heading your winter pansies to stop them setting seed and to encourage more flowers.
- Continue to plant trees and shrubs – unless the soil is waterlogged or has frozen solid! Click here for more advice about planting trees and shrubs.
Fruit and Veg
- Start chitting your first early potatoes by placing them in a cool, bright but frost-free place. To find out more about growing potatoes in containers or in the ground take a look at our article on how to grow your own potatoes.
- Force rhubarb plants by covering the crown with a bucket. This will produce tender pink stems ready for eating in about 8 weeks’ time.
- Make sure you prune your apple trees and pear trees while they are still dormant.
- Keep an eye on any fruits, vegetables or flower tubers in storage and remove any that are rotting. One rotten item could spoil the whole crop!
- Brush off heavy snow from your hedges and conifers to prevent branches snapping or becoming misshapen. Also brush snow off your greenhouse roof to prevent the glass cracking.
- Make sure you order asparagus crowns, potatoes, onion sets, and fruit trees online now in time for spring planting.
- What jobs do you like to tick off your list in January? Let us know in the comments below, or share them with us over on our Facebook page.