If your garden has suffered anything like ours at Marsala Rama HQ, you'll be drowning under the strain of rain over Xmas and New Year. But don't let that deter you at all - it's a New Year and it is starting to get exciting. Welcome to jobs in the garden for January.
Jobs In The Garden In January...
Top 4 Jobs - Fruit
1. Prune Juice
If you have apple and pear trees in your garden, then now is the time to prune away - give light and allow the tree to breath.
2. Any Bad Apples
If you have a stash of apples from the late autumn glut, check every now and again for bad apples - they'll rot any close to them and the lot will soon go.
3. New Trees
If you added new fruit trees or bushes in late autumn, now is the time to prune them - be hard with blackcurrants, gooseberries, redcurrants, raspberries and blackberries.
Not all varieties will last past Xmas and New year - but some will, specially desert apples. Make sure to store the last of whatever you have lef, making sure that no one apple touches another.
Top 4 Jobs - Herbs
1. It's A Wrap
As the frost sets in on a nightly basis, make sure to wrap up your pots all safe and sound with bubble-wrap and put in your greenhouse.
2. Scrub Up
Now's the time to get in the greenhouse and do a pre-spring clean - thoroughly wash pots, equipment to rid of any germs.
3. On Order
Now is the time to start planning for the new year, so get the catalogues out and start planning what herbs you want this year
4. All In The Planning
Always try and grow herbs near your kitchen - otherwise you need torches, umbrellas and waterproofs every night you cook.
Top 5 Jobs - Vegetables
1. Sow, sow, sow
Now really is the time to get sowing - under glass if possible - leeks, broad beans, onions and lettuces can all be started now.
2. Come Again
With a bit of careful planning and a few reminders around the house, you can have cut and come again crops all year - sow little and often (once a week) for the best results.
At Marsala Rama we grow pea shoots and pea sets in guttering - it makes it very easy then, once the peas have developed good roots, to slide them off onto your plot in one piece.
4. Force It
If you have rhubarb crowns in your plot, now is the time to start forcing them - an upturned pot over the crown, forcing the rhubarb to search for light - to produce beautiful, pink stems in late Jan / early Feb.
5. Tidy Up The Plot
If the wind and rain stop for 10 minutes, go out onto the plot and check for dead and yellowing leaves - it will reduce the smell, the chance of disease and pests.