In January, our industry professionals recommend purchasing seed potatoes, fertilising fruit plants, and planting bare-root plants.
After being cooped up inside for the whole of Christmas, venturing out into the yard for some fresh air and exercise is an excellent way to make up for lost time. You can also take pleasure in the first blooms of the year, many of which have a pleasant fragrance.
Upkeep of the garden for the month of January
Ways to the very top
It is one of those activities that gets ignored during busier seasons of the year, and it is a nice work to perform in cold weather as lifting and raking helps warm you up. One of those jobs is topping up gravel or bark walks. Before beginning, clear the area of any weeds and, if required, replace the edge boards.
The satisfaction of weeding at this time of year comes from the fact that the ground stays clean and gives you the impression that you are making progress. Because of the moist soil, pulling the weeds by hand is preferable to hoeing them because it is more likely that the weeds will regrow after being hoed.
Feed the birds.
In extreme conditions, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) recommends providing high-energy (high-fat) food for birds twice a day, in the morning and early afternoon, in order to keep up with the demand. It is important not to overfill bird feeders if the birds aren’t using them because stale food can lead to many issues.
DIY jobs for growing your own vegetables in January Purchase seed potatoes
The proverb states that the early bird gets the worm, and similarly, the early buyer gets the best selection of potato varieties. Keep an eye out for “potato days” at local garden centres or gardens; these events typically have a wide selection of potatoes for sale in addition to advice from industry professionals. Pick potatoes that don’t have any long shoots or any symptoms of mould on them. When you get them home, remove them from the bag and place them in a seed tray or an old egg box. Then, until you are ready to plant them, store them in a place that is cold and has plenty of light. This process is known as chitting potatoes. This will prevent the sprouts from growing for an excessively lengthy time. Pick the perfect potato from of our selection of Best Buy products.
Feed fruit plants
You may give the fruit trees and shrubs in your yard a boost by dusting sulphate of potash around the plants’ bases and then gently hoeing it into the soil surface. Take care not to injure any roots that are close to the soil’s surface while you are doing this, however. After you have finished watering the plants, applying mulch around their bases will help soil retain more moisture. Feeding them will supply them with the potash that is necessary for healthy flowering and fruiting. Be sure to check the instructions on the packaging of the fertiliser and apply the correct amount; resist the urge to add more because doing so could do the plant harm. Jobs related to plants and flowers available in January
Order seeds and plants
If you want to be certain of acquiring the types you want, you should make sure to place your orders with mail-order firms for seeds and plants as soon as possible rather than waiting until later. Try some of our Best Buy types, which include both decorative plants and vegetables, for plants that you can count on to perform well. Find out which online retailers offer the highest quality seed and plant products.
Avoid hellebore leaf spot
On the leaves and stems of hellebores, the common fungal disease that generates these spots appears as brown circles. The most helpful piece of advise is to get rid of any diseased growth that you discover. It is recommended by Ashwood Nurseries, which specialises in hellebores among other plants, to remove all of the foliage, regardless of whether or not it is diseased, in order to reduce the risk of the fungus infecting the growth of the new season’s plants. Additionally, it will prevent the leaves from hiding the blossoms when they come into view. Here is a helpful guide that will walk you through the process of growing hellebores.
Plant a tree from bare roots.
It is a good time of year to plant a tree, whether it is an ornamental one or a fruiting one, because deciduous plants are dormant at this time of year, and you can buy them bare root (meaning not in a pot), which is less expensive and better for the environment than purchasing them in a pot because it does not involve peat or plastic in their production. The sale of trees by mail-order is a specialty offered by a great number of nurseries.
Additionally, roses and hedges can be purchased in this manner. Plant them as soon as possible after they have been sent to your house in the mail. If you are going to be forced to wait (for example, because the weather is wet), dig the garden and place the tree in it so that it will be ready to be lifted and planted when the time comes. The planting hole should be dug no deeper than the roots, but it should be at least twice as wide as the roots.
After the plant has been placed in the hole, the roots should be fanned out. The next step is to replace the container with soil while simultaneously pressing down lightly to remove any air pockets that may have formed.