January in the garden

Potting bench with plants and soil

My new greenhouse has had a baptism of fire (or to be more accurate, wind!) with gales howling around the structure and rattling the panes. All is well as it’s solidly constructed and now even has a few hyacinths growing happily in what is a perfect space to sit and ponder. Santa brought the electric greenhouse heater so the sparky is booked to run power from the house. I need two more weeks of warm weather then everything will be toasty in the greenhouse.

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There will be plenty of time to grow in the next few weeks!  And there’s lots to be getting on with in and out of the greenhouse:

  • Get in early and get the pick of the seed potato crop.
  • If it’s dry and mild you can still tidy up ragged looking lawns with a light trim. Set blades high and whip over the top.
  • A superb bedding plant grower told me the best baskets are started in February. Order up plug plants now for delivery in a few weeks and planting in your greenhouse.
  • Check trees and shrubs are still secured to their stakes after all the gales of late. Check and tighten where necessary.
  • Check fence panels haven’t been rattled too much by the wind. Replace in calmer weather.
    Bring a bag of compost into the greenhouse or house (if allowed!) to warm up before using for seed sowing.

 

Don’t let snowdrops sneak up on you and disappear – they are likely to be earlier this year so keep an eye out.

 

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