Gardener’s Diary – Top Tips for January 2019

Enjoy our monthly Gardener’s diary for some fantastic tips on how to keep your garden going through all of the seasons.

 

It’s January – Christmas is over, the New Year has begun and outside it’s getting colder by the day. In some places, we may have even had a sprinkling of snow, so venturing out into our garden is not something we like to think about at this time of year.  Although there is not a lot we can do to our gardens in January, here are a couple of tips to help you through the beginning of Winter…

 

Maintenance 

One of the most important tasks for this time of year is ensuring your greenhouse is clean. Get your gloves on and give it a good scrub, including your gutters and water butts. Removing stubborn moss, algae and grime enables more light to come through your greenhouse, whether the greenhouse is made of plastic or glass. This greatly improves the growth of your plants and helps to control pests or diseases.

 

Crop Rotation 

Crop rotation is used mostly in allotment plots and kitchen gardens for most annual vegetable crops. (Courgettes, pumpkins, squash, marrows and cucumber) All crops have different nutrient requirements so changing them annually will benefit you. This reduces the chance of particular soil deficiencies developing as the balance of nutrients removed from the soil tends to even out over time. Soil pests and diseases tend to attack specific plant families, therefore by rotating the crops, the pests start to decline.

 

Feed the birds 

Encourage wildlife into your garden. By putting out additional food, gardeners can make a significant contribution to supporting the birds and small animals over winter. It’s also a great way to watch wildlife – even in the smallest of gardens or balconies.

 

 

 

Thinking of getting a greenhouse for the first time? Try our Vitavia greenhouses. They are a great starting point for a beginner.

Are you looking for an upgrade for 2019? Try Robinson’s or Alton greenhouses who have huge January sales on now.

For expert advice, call 0800 085 0005

 

Published January 24th, 2019 by Grace Brown. Article ref 5031

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