- Prevent soil around root vegetables from freezing by covering it with fleece or a thin layer of straw. This protects your veggies from winter's chill.
- Dig empty beds to break up soil and uncover pests for hungry birds and wildlife. This natural pest control helps maintain a balanced garden ecosystem.
- Pick Brussels sprouts, spinach, beets, cabbages, and savoys. If frost permits, lift celery, leeks, parsnips, and Jerusalem artichokes. Inspect stored autumn vegetables for pests or rot.
- Start planning your vegetable plot and adopt the crop rotation method for a healthier, more productive garden.
- Finish digging over remaining vegetable plots, allowing the soil to break up naturally over winter for easy cultivation in the spring.
- Start off French beans, early maturing cauliflowers, onions, and lettuce indoors for a head start on a late spring harvest.
- Force rhubarb outdoors by covering crowns with straw and a large clay forcing pot. Feed with Ecoworm Soil Extract in the spring.
- Remove yellowing leaves from winter brassicas to eliminate hiding spots for pests and diseases.
- Enjoy fresh herbs indoors by potting a small piece of mint, thyme, or marjoram. Fresh shoots will soon appear.
- Prepare the ground for early peas by placing a cloche over the soil to warm it up before sowing.
Examine stored apples and pears, removing any showing signs of deterioration. Prune autumn fruiting raspberries by cutting back canes.
Prune fruit trees, check tree stakes, and plant bare root trees and bushes if the weather permits.
Sharpen mower blades for the upcoming season and brush off remaining leaves to prevent weed growth and moss invasion.
Avoid walking on the lawn when frosty to prevent damage to grass blades.
Spike waterlogged areas with a hand fork for improved drainage. Aerate lawns on heavy clay or compacted soil to prevent waterlogging.
Trees & Shrubs
Plant bare root trees, roses, and shrubs in mild weather. Stake tall trees and shrubs to protect them from cold winds.
Shake off heavy snow from trees and shrubs, especially evergreens, to prevent branches from breaking or losing shape.
Sow half-hardy annuals under cover to get a jumpstart on your flower garden.
Check stored bulbs like dahlia tubers and gladiolus corms for signs of rot or mold. Prune wisterias and dormant rose bushes.
Deadhead winter pansies, cut back ornamental grasses, and tidy up perennials by cutting down old stems.
Embrace these January gardening tasks to set the stage for a year of vibrant blooms and bountiful harvests! 🌼