With the arrival of the New Year heralded by very low temperatures, check out things to take into account when it’s frosty in the garden, and ways to protect plants against the cold, in the December and November pages.
There are still jobs to be done around the garden when weather allows, not forgetting any plants you may have in the greenhouse or indoors
And when it’s too cold or wet – plan for the new season in the warm.
Wishing you success & enjoyment with your gardening in 2021!
The final pruning of wisteria should be done in January or February.
Cut back last season’s new shoots to two or three buds, whether or not they were shortened in the summer
Forcing rhubarb can be started this month: cover the crown with straw, then put a forcing pot or up-turned tall bucket over the top to exclude the light.
Make sure you keep slugs and snails at bay.
Late January is not too early to start sowing tomatoes, aubergines and peppers in a heated greenhouse or conservatory, or on a warm window sill – they need a long growing period and this will give earlier crops.
Improve drainage of heavy soils by working in lots of organic matter. Grit is only effective when used in conjunction with this.
When gardening on wet soils work from a plank of wood, rather than treading on the bed, to avoid compacting the soil.
Inspect any stored fruit regularly, to remove any rotting ones and prevent the infection from spreading.
Likewise, inspect any stored Dahlia, Canna and Begonia tubers that you have lifted, for any signs of rot or drying out.
Thinking of planting fruit trees?
It’s important to choose varieties that will pollinate each other, so that they can give a good crop.
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Wildlife in the garden
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