January

In The Fruit Garden in January

Begin pruning you apple and pear trees if you haven’t done so already – this is best done whilst they are dormant.

Try forcing rhubarb plants by placing an upturned bucket or bin over the crown, This will force tender pink stems to grown that will be ready in about 8 weeks time.

Leave plums, cherries and apricots unpruned until the summer as pruning these fruit trees now will make them susceptible to silver leaf infections.

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

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

 

Top Tip:

Make a polythene shelter for outdoor peaches and nectarines, to protect against peach leave curl.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Now is the ideal time to start 'chitting' seed potatoes ready for planting in spring.
  • Plant any seeds ready for the early spring season.
  • Clean old pots and seed trays ready for sowing and planting.
  • Start forcing rhubarb.
  • Recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch.