Six important seasonal jobs for January
On winter pansies and violas, remove leaves with downy mildew and black spots.
Order vegetable seeds: as new popular cultivars sell out quickly.
Cut away old hellebore foliage to reveal new flowers.
Prune deciduous shrubs.
Ensure house plants are in a good light area.
- Prune apple and pear trees.
- Plant vegetables for the coming year.
- Force rhubarb by covering crowns with a bucket.
- Net cabbages and Brussels sprouts to protect them from birds (mainly pigeons).
- Plant bare-root deciduous hedging such as Hawthorne and beech.
- Check container plants for moisture- sheltered from rain, they can dry out.
- Wrap vulnerable container plants in bubble wrap for frost protection.
- Prune deciduous climbers.
Pests and disease watch
- Spray peaches and nectarines with copper based fungicides.
- Check grease bands on fruit trees, replacing those which are damaged or worn.
- Keep the ground clear of weeds that can harbour overwintering pests.
Glasshouse and indoors
- Sow summer bedding such as lobelia in a heated propagator.
- Sow sweet pea seeds now, or pot those sown in autumn.
- Ventilate the glasshouse on mild days, but make sure the vents are closed in the evening.
- Keep Fuchsia and other render plants at a minimum of 5 degrees (41F).
Different jobs need to be done at during differing times of the year. JHPS hope this article has helped you to see what needs to be done through January. If you would like further information about when certain jobs need to be done in your garden then please contact JHPS on: –