Jackie's Tips

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Another year is upon us, and I hope like me you are excited about the year of growing that is to come.

  • The most important job for January is to make sure there is water for the birds if the weather is frosty and make sure they have plenty of food.
  • Make sure that the winter protection on the plants is all secure and has not loosened or come off during any high winds.
  • Plant bare-root roses, shrubs, hedging and ornamental trees, if the ground isn't frozen.
  • Now is the time to prune apple and pear trees.
  • Take root cuttings of fleshy-rooted perennials such as Agapanthus, Anemone, Aster, Bergenia, Lily of the Valley, Euphorbia, Hardy Geraniums, Primulas, and lots more.
  • Now is the time to plant hellebores and snowdrops by buying plants in flower, and get good strong plants.
  • Clear away soggy, collapsed stems of perennials put them on the compost heap.
  • Take hardwood cuttings from deciduous shrubs, such as forsythia, Buddleia, Cornus (dogwood), Philadelphus and lots more.
  • Remove and destroy any damaged diseased foliage, to limit the spread of leaf spot disease.
  • Check that small plants in the garden do not become smothered by fallen leaves and other wind-blown debris.
  • Deadhead winter pansies and other bedding regularly, and remove any foliage affected by diseases such as black spot & downy mildew.
  • If you have any plants that are in the wrong position in the garden, now is the time to move them while they are dormant.
  • Get the greenhouse ready for the new season by washing down with disinfectant to remove algae, moss and dirt. This helps keep down pests and diseases and also provides more light for germination and growth of the plants.
  • Disperse worm casts in the lawn, the easiest way to do this is use a product called ‘Cast Clear’.
  • When it is raining, cold and windy it is the ideal time to plan what you are going to grow during the coming year.
  • If not already done, now is the time to sow sweet peas seed, if you don’t have a greenhouse, this can be done indoors on the kitchen windowsill.
  • Strawberry plants can be grown under cover to give an early crop of fruit.
  • Herb seeds can be sown, and grown indoors. Broad beans, onions seeds, cauliflower, spinach and spring onions can also be started off indoors.  
  • Seed potatoes will soon be available for you to buy and start chitting (sprouting) ready for planting once the fear of frost has past. 

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