Might do could do in January

  1. Check tree and shrub stakes to make sure that any ties are secure but not causing damage by rubbing. New trees can be planted, just keep them well watered.
  2. January can be the coldest of months so keep some fleece handy to protect plants that are simply too big to move under cover.
  3. Check any stored dahlia and begonia tubers. Use a sharp knife to carefully cut away any signs of rot. If the tubers look shrivelled, plunge them into a bucket of tepid water overnight, then dry thoroughly.
  4. Houseplants will want to be kept cool and free from drafts. Poinsettia are particularly prone .Water sparingly.
  5. Citrus (Lemon, Orange and Lime)plants will appreciate a winter feed and an occasional drink.
  6. You can sow onion seed in an indoor propagator for planting out in April.
  7. Pot on autumn-sown sweet peas and place on a sunny windowsill. If you didn’t start any then no problem! Sweet peas seeds can be sown early this month.
  8. On rare sunny days, open cold frames and greenhouse windows. This will help to keep the plants tough enough to handle those very cold days still to come. Just remember to close them again before dark!
  9. Some seeds such as chilli and aubergine are slow growers, so order them this month for an early start. Aubergine F1 Pinstripe is dwarf an so ideal for a patio pot, producing delicious and attractive purple/cream striped fruits.
  10. Check out your seed packets.If they have been kept in dry cool conditions they should be ok. A simple test is to take your seeds and put them in a container of water. Let them sit for about 15 minutes. Then if the seeds sink, they are still viable; if they float, they most likely will not sprout.Seeds can last for many years but some for a very short period. If packets are unopened you have a better chance but if unsure of germination think of the time you might waste in confirming a negative result.

Fresh air, natural light and  movement can be invigorating for our bodIes. Combine this with the connection to nature, growing healthy food, and making your outdoor space attractive and inviting, and you’ve got the perfect ingredients for feeling strong, balanced, and mindful, which will help us through the last month of winter and set us up for Spring.

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