With Christmas now behind us it’s nice to get back into the garden and catch up with any jobs that might need doing. It’s the perfect month to install a water butt ready for next year and to make sure your greenhouse is well insulated.
January is also time to remember our feathered friends with a ready supply of food and water to help them through the colder months.
Things you can do now:
- Compost your Christmas tree branches and needles then chop and burn the trunks on your home fire or chimenea.
- Prune your rose bushes, removing any dead, dying, damaged or diseased stems.
- Protect your plants (especially brassicas) from hungry birds with cloches and
- Start germinating your seedlings earlier with an electric propagator.
- Edge your lawn on a day when the ground is soft for a cleaner, neater finish.
- Insulate your greenhouse with bubble wrap to protect your plants from frost.
- Care for any birds visiting your garden by keeping bird baths topped up and free from ice and feeding them a winter
- Pressure wash your patio and paths to get rid of unsightly dirt and to make it less
- Install a water butt now so it has a chance to fill up ready for next spring.
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