What to do in the Garden in January

Enjoy a bright, crisp winter’s day in the garden. Here are some of the jobs you can be getting on with;

General tasks:
Protect vulnerable plants with cloches or double layers of horticultural fleece.
Rake up fallen leaves and tidy up in and around the shrub borders.
Mow the lawn so long as the ground isn’t waterlogged – with this year’s mild winter it will still be growing.

Ornamental garden:
In a few weeks time, summer bulbs such as cannas and gladioli will be available to grow on indoors over the winter period – they’re a highlight of the summer garden.
Fill gaps in your spring display with ready-potted snowdrops, daffodils and muscari from the garden centre.
Remove old leaves from hellebores to make the flowers more visible as they emerge and to prevent disease.

Kitchen garden:
Stock up on seed potatoes from us here at Smith’s, 
then ‘chit’ them in egg trays till it’s time to plant.
Pot up onion sets in roomy modules to grow on under cover until March when you can plant them out as sturdy seedlings.
Grow microgreens on your windowsills: sow radishes, peas, chard or kale thickly on damp kitchen paper and snip into salads at 5cm high.
Plus if it’s winter colour you’re after, check these out;

Smith’s top four plants for winter flowers;