What to do in your garden in January

It’s January and the start of a new gardening year. Despite the wintery weather here are some jobs you can be doing in your own garden this month:-

  • Complete winter pruning of fruit trees;
  • Prune wisteria shortening summer pruned shoots back to two or three buds from old wood;
  • Remember to water planted containers in sheltered positions so that they do not dry out;
  • Sow sweet peas indoors, individually in root trainers or 9cm pots. Autumn sown seedlings can be potted on now if necessary;
  • Check tree ties and stakes on established plants are secure and neither too tight nor too slack;
  • Add shrubs with winter interest to your border (check out our plant of the month for suggestions);
  • Feed Christmas flowering amaryllis fortnightly to build up the bulb once flowers fade;
  • Move Christmas flowering outdoors once they have flowered. Remove dead flowerheads and feed regularly with a high potassium fertiliser until foliage dies down.
  • Lag outdoor pipes with insulation such as bubble wrap to stop them bursting in icy weather;
  • Renovate deciduous hedges;
  • Cut away tired old leaves of hellebores to show off their flowers;
  • Plan your garden for the year ahead by looking through seed catalogues at your leisure in the warmth of your own home!
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