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Garden Diary, things you can do in the garden in January (winter)


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WILL
HART’S GARDENING DIARY

 

JANUARY

 


FRUIT


 


·        

Inspect any stored fruit and remove any that are
rotten.

 


·        

If conditions are right continue planting fruit
trees and bushes.

 


·        

Select and heel in scion wood in a cold sheltered
and shaded position for grafting later.

 


·        

Apply potash to strawberries, gooseberries, red
and white currants.

 


·        

Apply a balanced Fertilizer to cobnuts and
filberts.

 


·        

Check all tree stakes and ties for firmness.

 


·        

Continue to prune apples and pears except in hard
frost.

 


·        

 Continue to prune established and newly planted bush
fruit.

 


·        

Spray dormant fruit trees, canes and bushes with
tar oil – controls over wintering aphid and sucker eggs, if not already
done in December.

 


·        

Inspect apples and pears for canker and treat
where necessary.

 


·        

Spray peaches and nectarines for peach leaf curl;
repeat 10-14 days.

 


·        

Cover fan trained above with plastic against the
above.

 

 


VEGETABLES


 


·        

Sow broad bean seeds under glass for an early
summer harvest: plant out after hardening off in early spring.

 


·        

Lime beds where necessary.

 


·        

Force rhubarb by covering by upturned bins, boxes
or special forcing pots. Do not cover the same plant the following year.

 


·        

Turn compost heaps to increase decomposition.

 


·        

Ventilate when possible frames to help prevent
build-ups of mildew. Leave open on mild days but cover with sacking if
frost is forecast.

 


·        

Dig over ground for frost to break down.

 


LAWNS


 


·        

Good month to have the mower serviced and any
other tools sharpened.

 


·        

Keep leaves and debris off the lawn.

 


·        

Turfing can be carried out if the weather is dry
and mild.

 

 


GARDENING BY MONTH


Gardening in January

Gardening in February
Gardening in March
Gardening in April
Gardening in May
Gardening in June
Gardening in July
Gardening in August
Gardening in September
Gardening in October
Gardening in November


Gardening in December

 

The above helpful advice
has been reproduced by kind permission of Will Hart, whose experience
includes working for Blackburn Rovers FC (as a groundsman at their
Training Ground, Academy and Ewood Park), for the Sultan of Oman (at
his French residence in Fontainebleau, south of Paris) at the 1999 Martell
Grand National at Aintree and for a variety of different sized local
gardens and estates.  Impressive credentials I am sure you will
agree!


 

 

 

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