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What To do in The Garden – First Week of January

In The Flower Garden

  • Squash mistletoe berries into apple tree branches to encourage plants to develop
  • Cut down old stems of sedums, taking care not to damage new shoots
  • Clear borders and rake up leaves before bulbs start poking through
  • Dig over gaps in the borders, taking time to pick out roots of perennial weeds
  • Spread a layer compost around shrubs and along the base of hedges
  • Plant new roses and shrubs
  • Thin out the top growth on standard roses to prevent damage from the weather and wind rock
  • Be ready to knock snow from shrubs bending under the weight
  • Pick faded flowers off pansies to prevent them setting seed
  • Collect and sow seed from garden shrubs and trees with berries

 

In the Fruit and Vegetable Garden

  • Keep harvesting root vegetables as they mature, including parsnips and leeks
  • Order seed potatoes, onion sets and shallots
  • Stretch netting over brassicas to protect them from pigeons
  • Cover clumps of rhubarb with buckets or terracotta pots to force early stems
  • Prune red and white currants, shortening side shoots to a single bud
  • Pot up strawberries to grow under cover for an early crop
  • Check your soil’s pH with a special kit and add lime if it’s too acidic for your plants
  • Check fruit and vegetables in store, removing any showing signs of deterioration
  • Pick off yellowing leaves from the stems of Brussels sprouts and keep harvesting early varieties
  • Cut down canes of autumn-fruiting raspberries to soil level

 

In The Greenhouse

  • Sow onion seed under cover, and keep warm until germinated
  • Check overwintering plants for signs of greenfly and other pests, and treat if necessary
  • Bring potted strawberries under cover
  • Dig up clumps of rhubarb to force into growth in darkness under large pots or bins
  • Water pots of forced bulbs if their compost is dry
  • Water plants sparingly taking care not to splash water around
  • Wash glazing inside and out to let in the maximum amount of light
  • Insulate greenhouses by fixing bubble polythene to the glazing bars
  • Order seeds and young plants from mail-order companies or online
  • Prune greenhouse grapevines once they’re dormant and the leaves have fallen

Generally

  • Top up bird baths with fresh water daily and melt ice with warm water on frosty days
  • Recycle your Christmas tree by using the local council tip’s shredding service
  • Check the closing dates for any early order discounts from seed catalogues so you don’t miss a bargain
  • Finish clearing fallen leaves
  • Turn off the mains water supply to outside taps and wrap with insulation to prevent freezing
  • Water pots of spring bulbs
  • Float waterproof pond heaters in fish ponds to prevent ice covering the surface
  • Give pots and seed trays a thorough scrubbing ready for the start of the sowing season

Crocus at Christmas

What To do in The Garden – First Week of January

In The Flower Garden

  • Squash mistletoe berries into apple tree branches to encourage plants to develop
  • Cut down old stems of sedums, taking care not to damage new shoots
  • Clear borders and rake up leaves before bulbs start poking through
  • Dig over gaps in the borders, taking time to pick out roots of perennial weeds
  • Spread a layer compost around shrubs and along the base of hedges
  • Plant new roses and shrubs
  • Thin out the top growth on standard roses to prevent damage from the weather and wind rock
  • Be ready to knock snow from shrubs bending under the weight
  • Pick faded flowers off pansies to prevent them setting seed
  • Collect and sow seed from garden shrubs and trees with berries

 

In the Fruit and Vegetable Garden

  • Keep harvesting root vegetables as they mature, including parsnips and leeks
  • Order seed potatoes, onion sets and shallots
  • Stretch netting over brassicas to protect them from pigeons
  • Cover clumps of rhubarb with buckets or terracotta pots to force early stems
  • Prune red and white currants, shortening side shoots to a single bud
  • Pot up strawberries to grow under cover for an early crop
  • Check your soil’s pH with a special kit and add lime if it’s too acidic for your plants
  • Check fruit and vegetables in store, removing any showing signs of deterioration
  • Pick off yellowing leaves from the stems of Brussels sprouts and keep harvesting early varieties
  • Cut down canes of autumn-fruiting raspberries to soil level

 

In The Greenhouse

  • Sow onion seed under cover, and keep warm until germinated
  • Check overwintering plants for signs of greenfly and other pests, and treat if necessary
  • Bring potted strawberries under cover
  • Dig up clumps of rhubarb to force into growth in darkness under large pots or bins
  • Water pots of forced bulbs if their compost is dry
  • Water plants sparingly taking care not to splash water around
  • Wash glazing inside and out to let in the maximum amount of light
  • Insulate greenhouses by fixing bubble polythene to the glazing bars
  • Order seeds and young plants from mail-order companies or online
  • Prune greenhouse grapevines once they’re dormant and the leaves have fallen

Generally

  • Top up bird baths with fresh water daily and melt ice with warm water on frosty days
  • Recycle your Christmas tree by using the local council tip’s shredding service
  • Check the closing dates for any early order discounts from seed catalogues so you don’t miss a bargain
  • Finish clearing fallen leaves
  • Turn off the mains water supply to outside taps and wrap with insulation to prevent freezing
  • Water pots of spring bulbs
  • Float waterproof pond heaters in fish ponds to prevent ice covering the surface
  • Give pots and seed trays a thorough scrubbing ready for the start of the sowing season

Crocus at Christmas

What To do in The Garden – First Week of January

In The Flower Garden

  • Squash mistletoe berries into apple tree branches to encourage plants to develop
  • Cut down old stems of sedums, taking care not to damage new shoots
  • Clear borders and rake up leaves before bulbs start poking through
  • Dig over gaps in the borders, taking time to pick out roots of perennial weeds
  • Spread a layer compost around shrubs and along the base of hedges
  • Plant new roses and shrubs
  • Thin out the top growth on standard roses to prevent damage from the weather and wind rock
  • Be ready to knock snow from shrubs bending under the weight
  • Pick faded flowers off pansies to prevent them setting seed
  • Collect and sow seed from garden shrubs and trees with berries

 

In the Fruit and Vegetable Garden

  • Keep harvesting root vegetables as they mature, including parsnips and leeks
  • Order seed potatoes, onion sets and shallots
  • Stretch netting over brassicas to protect them from pigeons
  • Cover clumps of rhubarb with buckets or terracotta pots to force early stems
  • Prune red and white currants, shortening side shoots to a single bud
  • Pot up strawberries to grow under cover for an early crop
  • Check your soil’s pH with a special kit and add lime if it’s too acidic for your plants
  • Check fruit and vegetables in store, removing any showing signs of deterioration
  • Pick off yellowing leaves from the stems of Brussels sprouts and keep harvesting early varieties
  • Cut down canes of autumn-fruiting raspberries to soil level

 

In The Greenhouse

  • Sow onion seed under cover, and keep warm until germinated
  • Check overwintering plants for signs of greenfly and other pests, and treat if necessary
  • Bring potted strawberries under cover
  • Dig up clumps of rhubarb to force into growth in darkness under large pots or bins
  • Water pots of forced bulbs if their compost is dry
  • Water plants sparingly taking care not to splash water around
  • Wash glazing inside and out to let in the maximum amount of light
  • Insulate greenhouses by fixing bubble polythene to the glazing bars
  • Order seeds and young plants from mail-order companies or online
  • Prune greenhouse grapevines once they’re dormant and the leaves have fallen

Generally

  • Top up bird baths with fresh water daily and melt ice with warm water on frosty days
  • Recycle your Christmas tree by using the local council tip’s shredding service
  • Check the closing dates for any early order discounts from seed catalogues so you don’t miss a bargain
  • Finish clearing fallen leaves
  • Turn off the mains water supply to outside taps and wrap with insulation to prevent freezing
  • Water pots of spring bulbs
  • Float waterproof pond heaters in fish ponds to prevent ice covering the surface
  • Give pots and seed trays a thorough scrubbing ready for the start of the sowing season

Crocus at Christmas

What To do in The Garden – First Week of January

In The Flower Garden

  • Squash mistletoe berries into apple tree branches to encourage plants to develop
  • Cut down old stems of sedums, taking care not to damage new shoots
  • Clear borders and rake up leaves before bulbs start poking through
  • Dig over gaps in the borders, taking time to pick out roots of perennial weeds
  • Spread a layer compost around shrubs and along the base of hedges
  • Plant new roses and shrubs
  • Thin out the top growth on standard roses to prevent damage from the weather and wind rock
  • Be ready to knock snow from shrubs bending under the weight
  • Pick faded flowers off pansies to prevent them setting seed
  • Collect and sow seed from garden shrubs and trees with berries

 

In the Fruit and Vegetable Garden

  • Keep harvesting root vegetables as they mature, including parsnips and leeks
  • Order seed potatoes, onion sets and shallots
  • Stretch netting over brassicas to protect them from pigeons
  • Cover clumps of rhubarb with buckets or terracotta pots to force early stems
  • Prune red and white currants, shortening side shoots to a single bud
  • Pot up strawberries to grow under cover for an early crop
  • Check your soil’s pH with a special kit and add lime if it’s too acidic for your plants
  • Check fruit and vegetables in store, removing any showing signs of deterioration
  • Pick off yellowing leaves from the stems of Brussels sprouts and keep harvesting early varieties
  • Cut down canes of autumn-fruiting raspberries to soil level

 

In The Greenhouse

  • Sow onion seed under cover, and keep warm until germinated
  • Check overwintering plants for signs of greenfly and other pests, and treat if necessary
  • Bring potted strawberries under cover
  • Dig up clumps of rhubarb to force into growth in darkness under large pots or bins
  • Water pots of forced bulbs if their compost is dry
  • Water plants sparingly taking care not to splash water around
  • Wash glazing inside and out to let in the maximum amount of light
  • Insulate greenhouses by fixing bubble polythene to the glazing bars
  • Order seeds and young plants from mail-order companies or online
  • Prune greenhouse grapevines once they’re dormant and the leaves have fallen

Generally

  • Top up bird baths with fresh water daily and melt ice with warm water on frosty days
  • Recycle your Christmas tree by using the local council tip’s shredding service
  • Check the closing dates for any early order discounts from seed catalogues so you don’t miss a bargain
  • Finish clearing fallen leaves
  • Turn off the mains water supply to outside taps and wrap with insulation to prevent freezing
  • Water pots of spring bulbs
  • Float waterproof pond heaters in fish ponds to prevent ice covering the surface
  • Give pots and seed trays a thorough scrubbing ready for the start of the sowing season

Crocus at Christmas

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