Gardening Jobs – January

Even though its still winter you can still find plenty of ways to keep busy in the garden. Mostly maintenance it has to be said.

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So wrap up warm, and for goodness sake don’t forget to wear gloves like I did, or you’ll end up ripping your fingers…like I did wrestling with my roses.

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  • Time to either plant or Prune your Wisteria (that divine hanging purple plant) cutting back summer side shoots to about 2 or 3 buds.
  • Prune your rose bushes while they are dormant. Cut back to just above a bud, removing any crossing or dead branches and fling them on that bonfire.
  • Plant trees and shrubs while they are still dormant.
  • Check any Dahlia tubers that you may have in storage and remove any that are showing signs of rotting or they’ll contaminate the others (see our Flower of the Month – Dahlia post here).
  • Central heating may dry the air in your home and cause indoor plants to dry out quicker than normal. Don’t overwater, but misting regularly can help.
  • Remove old Hellebore leaves to make the new blooms more visible as they emerge this spring.

 

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And I know that this isn’t strictly a gardening tip but please hang fat balls or leave out seed for the little birds out there. They find it very hard at this of year when it’s cold and food is frozen. They do pay it forward by eating lots of your garden pests for you.

Even if you don’t have a garden it is possible to give the birds a helping hand. Simply hang a ball out your window or leave a trail of seeds over your windowsill. Plus you’ll now and feel great about the fact that you’re stopping bugs for destroying your neighbours primulas, and are allowed a to feel magnanimous about it.

 

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