January

In The Fruit Garden In January

Prune your apple and pear trees if you haven’t already done so. This is best done while they are still dormant.

Leave plums, cherries and apricots unpruned until the summer. Pruning them now will make them susceptible to silver leaf infections.

Prune blackcurrant bushes, gooseberries and red currants to maintain a productive framework.

Continue to plant raspberry cane on sunny sites with free-draining soil.

Top Tip:
Try forcing rhubarb plants by placing an upturned bucket or bin over the crown. This forces tender pink stems to grow.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Tidy up your perennials! Cut down the old stems, but be careful of any new growth.
  • Try forcing rhubarb plants by placing an upturned bucket or bin over the crown. This forces tender pink stems to grow.
  • Potatoes can be grown in containers under cover for a very early crop. Potato patio planters are ideal for growing early potatoes in small spaces!
  • Shred your Christmas tree and add it to compost bins, or use it for mulch in the garden!
  • ┬áBe sure to feed the birds with a variety of foods (mixed seeds, sunflower hearts, nyjer seed, and peanuts). This also provides food for small mammals.