In The Garden – January Edition

21 . 01 . 21

New year, new resolutions!

Whether you’re an avid gardener or just starting out, getting out into your garden is something we should all aim to do more of this year. With the pandemic keeping us in our houses for the majority of 2020, gardens have become somewhat of a lifesaver. 

With our monthly gardening tips, we are going to talk you through a handful of tasks that you can do each month to create your very own outdoor sanctuary. From home grown vegetables to colourful flower beds, start your journey with us today!

For many plants, an early start is necessary for them to produce a worthwhile crop. January is the perfect time to start sowing seeds. It will take time and patience, as low light and high temperatures from your heating can produce weak seedlings so you’ll need to give them a little bit of extra care. One way to make sure your plants are happy and healthy is to use a good quality compost.

Here are some things you can sow this month:

Something colourful

  1. Sweet Peas – The beautiful flower will flower from May to August. Sow your seeds 6cm deep using compost and 10 per cent grit. Germination: 10-14 days. These can be placed in a frost-free greenhouse or cold frame.

Something for the kitchen

The following seeds require a bright, warm windowsill or heated propagator.

  1. Basil – This go-to kitchen herb harvests May to October. Sow on the surface of your pots of compost and cover with vermiculture. Germination: 14-21 days (this timeframe is dependent on the temperature)
  2. Broad Beans – Sow your broad beans one seed per pot (push the seed onto its side) using compost. Germination: 10 days
  3. Chillies – This spicy ingredient will harvest July to October. Sow 2-3 seeds per pot using compost and silver sand. Germination: 3-10 days

January is also the perfect time to do a little bit of pruning. You can make a start on pruning your apple trees, pear trees and medlars. Another job for Jan, Feb and March is also planting your fruit trees, fruit bushes (such as raspberries) and other deciduous plants – again permitting the soil is not frozen and cold weather is not forecast.

Now is also a great time for soil conditioning, but the ground should not be frozen. Dig in generous amounts of organic matter to get the best from your crops later in the season – the weather does the hard work of getting the nutrients right down into the soil ay this time of year!

Get your gardening gloves at the ready and keep us up to date by tagging us in your photos using any one of our social media handles. Keeping a photo diary is a great way to keep track of your progress.

Happy gardening!