Following the guidance from our previous blog in December your Garden should be ready for the new growing season. Although it's still a little too early to really get started you can still continue to prepare for the new Spring season.
- Sprouting broccoli
- Brussels sprouts
Some vegetables can be started in January for an early crop. Some will require protection from the cold until the year warms so you may require a greenhouse, cold frame or cloches to help get started!
- Broad beans can be sown in small pots and start well in a cold frame or an unheated greenhouse.
- Some seeds can be started inside where they require a little more heat, such as; lettuces, spinach, turnips, cabbages and cauliflowers.
Pruning fruits is also vital in January to ensure another harvest later in the year. Prune back; autumn raspberries, gooseberries, currants apples and pears.
Aside from those jobs January is a great time to double over on December's work and ensure the garden is ready for spring.
- Protect early seedlings and sowings from slugs.
- Protect brassicas from pigeons
- Remove any plants from the plot that have diseased material such as blight, white rot and any crops with rust. Do not dispose in compost bin but burn/bin the material.