January is usually a cold month, if the weather is particularly severe there may be little to do in the vegetable garden, but now is the perfect time to plan for the busy year ahead. Browse seed catalogues and plan what you’re going to grow and where, drawing a plan of your plot can help. If you’re a busy person, think about how much time you can realistically spend in your garden or at your allotment, try to plan accordingly, avoiding the mistake of growing too much all at once. It’s easy to become overwhelmed, especially if you’re a beginner, far better to choose crops that you enjoy eating or find easy to grow. Add more to your list as your confidence grows.
Some jobs that can be tackled in January:
- Order seed potatoes for chitting this month or next
- Force established rhubarb
- Sow broad beans if you didn’t get around to it during autumn
- Prune blackcurrant and gooseberry bushes
- Top up empty beds with organic matter (if you haven’t already) before snow arrives
- Make a runner bean trench
- Clean the greenhouse including pots and trays
- Plant fruit trees if weather allows
- Order or buy onion sets
- Cut autumn fruiting raspberry canes to just above ground level this month or next
I will be posting jobs each month for the veg and fruit garden. Depending on the weather, some of these jobs may not be possible to carry out, but can be tackled another time once conditions are right.