Digging, Soil Conditioner and Other Gardening Tasks for January

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December 2017  brought snow to every part of Britain. Although for some it was the merest sprinkle of flakes, other gardeners have seen their flowerbeds and vegetable patch disappear under a white blanket.

There are 3 gardening tasks for January suggested below. But if your garden is frost bound or waterlogged, or indeed if you’re suffering from the nasty virus thats going round the country, you may prefer to stay in the warm and read blogs from Plews Potting Shed instead. Or at least until the January Plews News lands in your inbox! Try The Gardening Year – Quotes and Thoughts from the Garden for a restful read.

Three Gardening Tasks for January

  • Traditionally January has been known as the digging month, a time to check whether the earth will be ready for seed sowing or whether you need to add a soil improver, or soil conditioner. But digging is not the best plan if your soil is sticking to your spade in clumps! Read our winter digging tips for more help.
  • Soil conditioner – why is it so important? Basically, soil is the food that your plants need to grow and thrive, and the soil itself needs to be kept ‘topped up’ with nutrients in order to feed the plants. For more on the soil in your garden (without too much science) click here.
  • New Year’s Resolutions for you and your garden – staying with the importance of soil and a soil conditioner, what about giving up peat based composts in 2018?  Before you start all that digging, potting and adding of soil conditioner, check out some soil alternatives for ericaceous plants.

Why not check out weekly gardening articles on a range of topics in our award winning blog Plews Potting Shed?

It’s a garden designer’s blog with a difference. A plantswoman, conservationist and quirky thinker, Marie pulls together different strands of garden related ideas and non-gardening ideas to delight you even if you’re an armchair gardener.

Things to watch for in your garden in January

The weather is often worse after Christmas – colder, frosty, snowy. A light dusting of snow is fine, but the sheer weight of a heavy fall of snow can damage the branches of your trees and shrubs. Brush off snow that’s causing a problem with a long-handled broom before the bough breaks.

Gardens to visit this month

The Cambridge University Botanic Garden has year round interest; it also holds none national plant collections, including that for Lonicera, honeysuckle, with both winter and summer flowering varieties – all of which are scented.

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