The start of a new year, the beginning of exciting times in the garden.
Time to plan what you want to do to your garden over the coming year.
Look at seed catalogues and order which seeds you would like to sow. Wash pots and seed trays so they are clean and ready for using in the coming year. Cut back deciduous grasses to allow new shoots to emerge freely.
Plant bare-rooted trees and shrubs now. Cut back foliage of helleborus to show off their beautiful flowers. Sow early peas such as ‘Feltham First’ for harvesting in May/June.
Broad beans can be sown inside now, to plant out in February. They perform better if their roots get established when the weather is cold and damp.
Prune gooseberries and redcurrants to maintain an open-centred bush with eight to ten main branches and prune last year’s growth of the main stems by about half.
Spray peaches and nectarines with copper based fungicides against peach leaf curl.