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Hello Garden Enthusiasts of Shrewsbury,

As the new year unfolds, the trees stand bare, and the sky seems to have misplaced its sun, making the prospect of gardening in January quite a challenge. Nevertheless, whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, there are tasks waiting to be done

 

FLOWERS:

It may seem like a quiet time of year, but there are still a plethora of gardening jobs to do in January. If your wisteria found its new home in autumn, it’s time to wield those pruning shears on its side shoots—trim them to about two buds. The same care extends to your rose bushes. These need to be cut back by about half to stop them rocking in the winter gales.

Winter can be harsh on plants, so in addition to tending to your perennials, keep a watchful eye on:

  • Removing dead shoots, diseased or crossing over shoots.
  • Picking off fading flowers on pansies, violas and primulas
  • Removing dead leaves (especially for your Hellebores)
  • Checking over stored Dahlia and Canna tubers for rot and throw out.

Don’t forget, our starter shrubs are available at Love Plants for £4.99 each or 5 for £20, offering a cost-effective way to boost your garden.

 

VEGETABLES:

It is also the perfect time to tend to your vegetable garden, there are a wide range of seeds to sew in January. Sow early peas and broad beans, but ensure they are shielded from curious mice. Always plant fresh seeds, checking the sow-by dates for optimal growth.

While sowing brings promise, January may still provide you with a bountiful harvest:

  • Leeks
  • Parsnips
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Winter Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Celeriac
  • Swiss Chard
  • Swedes
  • Salad Leaves
  • Cauliflower

After your harvest, remember not to plant in the same spot for at least three years to provide the best growing conditions. Plan your vegetable plot strategically, grouping similar crops together to maximize success.

There’s more to tending to your vegetables than reaping what you sow. Nourish your plants, remove dead matter, and thwart pests to ensure a thriving garden.

 

FRUIT:

Despite the cold temperatures early in the year, some areas of your plot might offer a haven for new fruit trees. If you are planning to plant fruit trees in January, ensure that you feed and mulch existing trees. Brave the cold for the following fruits that benefit from pruning this month:

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Quinces
  • Blackcurrants
  • Gooseberries
  • Redcurrants

Battling the winter chill, some fruits like peaches, nectarines, and apricots are susceptible to leaf curl. Shield them in a greenhouse, polytunnel, or under plastic covers to keep them safe.

 

GENERAL TIPS:

Regardless of your level of experience, gardening in January presents an opportunity to plan for the balmy months ahead. Document your gardening journey in a diary and create a roadmap for the coming months.

Preparation is key:

  • Clean your tools, pots, and gloves
  • Clear your greenhouse, ensuring no overhanging branches
  • Replace plant supports weathered by winter

Remember, we at Love Plants Shrewsbury are here to help with any small inquiries about your garden. Explore our diverse range of plants and trees and discover the beauty that awaits your garden.

 

Happy Gardening,

Love Plants Shrewsbury

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