Every enthusiastic gardener is keenly aware that spring is the busiest season of the year. Regular maintenance chores of mowing and weeding are back on the agenda along with intense seed sowing and planting. However, there are plenty of tasks for January to ensure preparations are well under way for spring.
Thoroughly wash the panes of glass both inside and out to maximise the light levels in readiness for spring seedlings. Choose a mild, sunny winter’s day to ventilate the greenhouse while washing work benches, pots and seed trays in soapy water. Dispose of any over-wintering plants that may have succumbed to disease. However, don’t be tempted to disturb the clutter on the floor just yet as greenhouses are favourite hibernation places for frogs and toads.
Spend the worst of January’s weather choosing seeds for a colourful display in the coming months. Some of the slower growing annuals …