Tuesday, 15 January 2008

The Garden in January

January Garden

Think that there is nothing to do and that the garden looks boring at this time of year? Then think again! However harsh the weather, there are plants to enjoy and plenty of jobs to be getting on with.

STAR PLANT OF THE MONTH:

Galanthus (Snowdrop)
A vigorous perrenial bulb, it bears nodding, honey scented white flowers with green markings on the inner petal. Ideally site is woodland garden, beneath trees and shrubs. Grows in dappled shade in any fertile garden, lift and divide the bulbs when congested.

January at a glance;


  • Keep on top of winter germinating weeds

  • Clear crowns of plants of damp leaves

  • Cotinue with winter digging

  • Check newly planted trees and shrubs and refirm if lifter by frost

  • Protect plants vunerable to wind and cold

  • Prune trees and shrubs to shape

  • Take root cuttings from perennials

  • Aereate lawns to improve drainage

  • Prune grape vines before sap starts to rise
Planning Ahead:
If the weather is just too cold and wet to venture outside, then there is plenty to be getting on with indoors. Its a good month for planning the rest of the gardening year. Not only is the planting a hugely important element of the garden but you may wish to start planning some hard landscaping features. Pergolas, decked areas, patios, woodland walks whatever your imagination desires. Now is the time to start planning and if you are unable to carry out the hard landscaping yourself then now is the time to make enquiries with some reputable companies, as the good ones get fully booked for the summer months really quickly. Note: The cheapest quote you get for any work is not always the best.

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