January

Wildlife In The Garden In January

Fallen apples are a good food source for wildlife, and you can supplement it with sliced fruit from the kitchen!

Take care not to disturbing hibernating creatures. They are very often found in the corners of sheds, and under vegetation.

Leaves, dried stems and the seed heads of flowers provide shelter for over-wintering lacewings, ladybirds and other insects.

Put out plenty of fresh water for the birds.

Top Tip:
 Be 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.

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!
  •  Be 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.