January is moving on a pace most of us are now in our second week back at work and the garden still needs attention, but only if the temperature and the daylight hours allow us to get there.
So, I thought I would give you my list of routine tasks for my garden. You may have a different order but it is still good to be out in the fresh air especially after a week in the office.
This is a great time for tidying up the long tendrils that have wrapped around the downpipes, telephone cables etc, just pay attention to not cutting the cables as this can be a costly mishap.
Only the pear and apple trees for now and if it is freezing don’t do them, remove crossing branches and any that are rubbing. Always take your time and choose the weaker of the two branches or the one growing in the wrong direction and look for buds facing the direction you want the tree to develop.
Finish off clearing the fallen leaves as they can cause rot and keep the ground colder.
Treatment of timber structures if the sun has come out and the temperature is above 5 or 6 and the timber is dry it is a great time to give them a coat of timber preservative such as creacote which is the replacement for the old creosote that now only available to professionals. If you don’t like the strong smell then try the timber treatments from the large DIY/Garden Centres, they do lots of colours so they help brighten your day too!
Ponds and Paths
Don’t forget that cleaning of ponds and paths is still important.
Top 10 other jobs for the month of January – not in any particular order:
- Recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch
- Ventilate the greenhouse on sunny (!) days
- Dig over any vacant plots that have not been dug already
- Repair and re-shape lawn edges
- Inspect stored tubers of Dahlia Begonia and Canna for rots or drying out
- Prune apple and pear trees
- Start forcing rhubarb
- Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season
- Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds
- Prepare a polythene shelter for outdoor peaches and nectarines, to protect them from peach leaf curl