Gardening Tools for January

It's time to start thinking about sowing seeds and protecting plants from frost..we have everything you need for your garden, greenhouse or allotment...

Here are some of our top January Essentials - click read more for our top tips and gardening jobs for January. 

Recycle Your Christmas Tree!

It's always a bit sad taking the decorations down isn't it? While the tinsel and baubles are being packed away in the loft, why not make the most of your Christmas tree by recycling it as one of your gardening jobs for January? If you have a real tree, this is the most eco-friendly way to get rid of it, and it can benefit your garden!

Trying turning your tree into mulch for your soil, a decorative border edging, wood chips or simply firewood!

Read more: How To Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Look After Wildlife

It's important to look after garden wildlife year round, but birds especially may need some looking after in the cold of winter. Put up bird boxes in January, well before the nesting season begins. Opt for a sheltered spot - on tree trunks, or on sheds or walls - trim back any ivy or other climbers before the birds start nesting. 

Providing high fat food will help them through the winter months - avoid fat from cooking as this is bad for birds, lard and beef suet on their own are fine (according to the RSPB). It's a good idea to clean out and give bird feeders a good scrub to maintain hygiene through the winter.

Read More: Cleaning Your Bird Box 

Read More: Caring for Bees in Winter 

Take Cuttings

Some good cuttings to take in January are perennials - get softwood cutting growing in your Hydropod Cuttings Propagator and plant out in free-draining compost. 

Read More: What To Grow From Cuttings In Spring. 

What to Sow in January

One of the most important gardening jobs for January is to get sowing and planting the right things! 

January is a perfect time for sowing winter salads - this can be done in a greenhouse, conservatory or on a sunny windowsill. Our Self Watering Salad & Veg Planter is marvellous for producing year round crops of salad leaves, radish, garlic and more. 

Looking for super fast results? Our soil-less Vivigrow Salad Planter allows to grow winter salads, as well as anything you would grow in a growbag - tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, melons, strawberries and more. 

Order your seed potatoes, onions, shallots and garlic bulbs for planting in spring - our Quadgrow Root Veg Planter provides an ideal environment for growing bumper crops of root veg, keeping roots perfectly watered for up to two weeks at a time!

Read More: What to Sow & When

Read More: Root Veg Growing Guide  

Read More: Sowing with Jiffy Pellets 

Tidy The Greenhouse and Shed

If you're not already overwintering plants in it, use dry days to give your garden shed or greenhouse a clear out - tody up, get rid of any broken pots, old compost or debris, and give empty pots and seed trays a thorough scrub to get rid of any unwanted pests and be ready for the start of the sowing season.

Keep the greenhouse ventilated on dry sunny days to prevent humidity building up - it's also a good time to improve your shading and heating ready for spring.  Remove any debris from greenhouse guttering so that winter rain can fill up your water butt.  

Shop: Greenhouse Shading and Ventilation

Protect from Pests

If you have plants overwintering in your house, polytunnel or greenhouse, check them regularly and take action against unwanted pests such as aphids. All-natural gardeners soap is safe to spray on fruit and veg plants to prevent attacks from red spider mite, greenfly and mealy bugs! 

Read More: Controlling Garden Pests 


Get Seeds Organised

Now is a good time of year to sort out your seeds for the next sowing season - throw away empty or out of date seed packets and get your current seeds sorted - storing them in one of our attractive seed tins will keep them cool and dry, as well as being an attractive way to store and organise them! 

Read More: Collecting and Saving Seeds 

Pruning and Clearing

If you're lucky enough to have fruit trees in your garden, one of your gardening jobs for January is to winter prune them to remove any dead, damaged or diseased branches - this will help to keep them healthy for the next season.

Prune berries back - gooseberries and redcurrants can be cut back to three buds from their base, whine blackcurrants can have around a quarter of their old stems pruned. 

If you're wanting new fruit crops for this year, now is the time to plant bare-root fruit brushes, trees and canes - plant them out into enriched soil when the ground isn't frozen. 

While the ground isn't frozen, it's a good idea to clear any old crops or weeds from your vegetable plots - dig over the solid and mix in compost as you go to nourish the soil ready for planting later. 

Read more: Winter Pruning Fruit Trees 


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