There’s always something to be doing in the garden, whether it’s pruning, tidying or sowing. January can be the coolest month but on a bright day wrap up well and take yourself out it will benefit you and your garden.
Now is the perfect time to plant bare-root trees and hedging. Plants are still dormant and by planting now you are giving them every chance of being successful, as the root system of the plant will begin to establish straight away. This means that when the growing season begins your plant can start to grow straight away and your plant will get maximum growth in its first year. We would recommend the following planting procedure.
Do prepare the ground well. Remember you do this only once so it is worth doing well.
Do buy from reputable sources. Remember the root system is the most important part of the plant. You are looking for lots of fibrous roots rather than two or three big anchor roots.
Do stake bare-root trees. Winds will rock your tree making it unstable in the ground.
Do water in your plants. This will help your plants to settle quickly removing any air pockets that may excite.
Do plant as soon as you can. The ground is still warm so the plant can establish itself quickly.
Do water well next spring and summer if we get dry spell.
Do check with your garden centre that the plants you like are suitable for you, is your soil heavy? Windswept? Are you in a frost pocket?
Do look at neighbours garden. What is growing well in your area?
Now is the perfect time to cut down old stems in the herbaceous border. Be careful not to damage any new growth. Tidy up around the base of perennials so they are ready to go once spring comes.
You can plant bare-root roses now in a sunny position for spectacular summer colour. We now have a full selection of roses in stock. Call in and see for yourself.
Begin pruning your apple and pear trees this is best done whilst they are still dormant. Leave plums, cherries and apricots unpruned until the summer as pruning these fruit trees now will make them susceptible to silver leave infection. You can prune your soft fruits now such as blackcurrants; gooseberries and redcurrants this will help maintain a good crop later on. Try forcing your rhubarb plants by covering the crown with an upturned bucket, this will force tender pink stems to grow and stems will be ready for harvest in about 8 weeks.
Now is the time to sprout seed potatoes stand them on end in a tray or egg box and place in a bright cool frost-free place. Plan your vegetable garden, order seeds and have greenhouse ready for sowing time. Wash out all seed trays and pots with hot water and a mild detergent to prevent diseases. Check dahlia and begonia tubers in storage and remove any that are showing signs of rotting.
Shred your Christmas tree and add it to compost bin. Get rid of moss and algae from your patio and paths we recommend moss buster, which is available in our garden centre. Remember to keep your bird feeders topped up.