Top Jobs For January

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Top jobs for January.  

  • Recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch.
  • Ventilate the greenhouse on sunny days.
  • Dig over any vacant plots that have not been dug already but only if the soil is in a good condition, i.e. No frost in the top inch of soil and not wet and sticky, especially as we have clay around here.
  • Repair and re-shape lawn edges.
  • Inspect stored tubers of Dahlia, Begonia and Canna for rots or drying out.
  • Prune apple and pear trees but not if the branches are frozen.
  • Start forcing rhubarb.
  • Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season. 
  • Prepare a polythene shelter for outdoor peaches and nectarines, to protect them from peach leaf curl, especially if espaliered against a wall.
  • Monitor the water level of your pond, as hard frosts can cause defects in the liner and in concrete structures. If the water level drops considerably, then it may have developed a leak. Be sure to keep it topped up until repairs can be carried out in the spring.  
  • Rake out fallen leaves or shake off those that have gathered on protective netting.