“For gardening begins in January with the dream.”Josephine Nuese
As we enter the New Year we are reminded of new beginnings and opportunities. Nowhere is this more relevant than in the garden in January. January is a time of preparation and planning for the year ahead. It is the perfect time to add a splash of colour to your garden and patio. Paraic recommends getting a head start on spring and tackling some key gardening projects in your garden in January.
“There really is something special about the first of the spring flowering plants. The snowdrop, crocus and daffodil all signal a new year and the start of an exciting gardening season ahead.”Paraic
- Lawn moss is expected to be a huge problem in all lawns this spring. The mild, wet winter weather has encouraged the spread of moss in all lawns. Paraic recommends checking your lawn for moss now. If present, apply a dressing of Zero Lawn Liquid. Zero is fast acting and it will help to control the moss before new growth this spring.
Sow and Grow
Our warm homes create the ideal conditions to sow a wide range of flowering and edible plants from seed in January. Seeds require light and warmth to sprout and a bright windowsill offers the perfect environment.
- This January, sow kitchen herbs from seed. They can be sown now and left indoors on a bright window sill, in gentle heat. Fresh basil, flat leaved parsley, sage, thyme and rocket can all be sown from seed. The young plants can then be planted into a greenhouse or tunnel in early spring.
- Home grown new potatoes including the Orla, Colleen and Red Duke of York varieties are now available to purchase. They can be sown now indoors in a bright, frost-free location. Once sprouted, plant the tubers into potato bags (around mid February) for great tasting new potatoes in June.
- Onion and garlic bulbs can now be planted outdoors in the garden soil. Both are frost hardy and easy to grow. Simply rake over the soil and push the bulbs into the soil. Then, watch them grow. Onion and garlic bulbs can also be planted into a raised bed, a garden tunnel or a greenhouse for an early crop of home grown potatoes.
- Kill moss and algae on hard surface areas including pathways, tarmac driveways, patio slabs and roof tiles by applying a dressing of PAC moss control. PAC is easy to mix and apply. It kills moss within seven days.
- Brighten up your garden this January by adding instant colour to patio pots, window boxes and containers. Planting spring pansies, violas, primroses and/or spring heather will give you early colour this spring. You can also add instant colour from potted spring flowering bulbs including tulips, dwarf daffodils, scented hyacinths and bright crocuses.
- Grasses add a twist to a garden container. They give height and add a contrast in texture. Try small, evergreen, ornamental grasses such as stips or carex.
- Evergreen shrubs are a reliable addition to a large container as they retain their green leaves throughout winter. Why not try mixing them with other shrubs for a variety of foliage and flowers? Boxwood buxus, bay tree, skimmia, euonymus blondii or ivy are all viable options. Ornamental cabbage and Kale will also provide additional foliage interest.
- Select enough plants to fill your container. Remember that plants grow very little in winter.
- Position your container outside where it will get as much light as possible. Light ensures plant foliage remains green and healthy.
- Choose a quality compost and add some slow-release fertiliser to the compost before planting.
- Water containers carefully making sure you check the compost regularly. Pay particular attention to smaller plants as they are more susceptible to over or under watering.
- Raise containers off the ground on pot feet or bricks to aid drainage and to help prevent pots from cracking.
- Choose frost-proof terracotta or containers made of plastic, fibreglass or wood.
So remember, now is the time to embrace the opportunities that January holds. Get out into your garden and make it the space you will enjoy for the year ahead.
Do you have questions about your garden? If so, just contact your local store where one of our helpful and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help and answer any questions you may have.