Timely Garden Tips For January

Happy New Year! Hope you weren’t planning on taking the month off. Much to do.

Prune rose bushes down to 24”-30” now while they are dormant. They can be pruned down further closer to spring. Cut back to just above a bud and remove any crossing or dead branches.

Prune your Wisteria plant now, cutting back summer side-shoots to 2 or 3 buds.

If ornamental grasses are looking tattered, cut back the old foliage to near ground level before new growth begins.

Cut back any stems of perennials such as Sedum or Echinacea.

While you’re waiting for the weather to warm up, try growing your own mushrooms using one of our mushroom kits indoors.

Start sprouting early potatoes – stand them on end in a module tray or egg box and place in a bright cool frost-free place.

Begin pruning your apple trees and pear trees if you haven’t done so already – this is best done while they are dormant.

Order fruit bushes now and plant in a well prepared bed in a sheltered position; they will be a lot tastier than grocery store produce!

Plant Amaryllis bulbs in pots now for stunning indoor flowers in early spring.

Brush heavy snow of off hedges and conifers to prevent the branches from snapping out under its weight.

Put fresh bird seed in feeders to help out our feathered friends.

Get rid of slimy patches on the patio, and paving by scrubbing with a broom or blasting with a pressure washer.

Order your seeds now. Have a garden plan drawn up to help decide the quantities you need.

Plan your vegetable plot for this year to ensure good crop rotation and prevent pests and diseases building up in the soil.


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