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Put the new year motivation into action with our January garden jobs

Happy 2022! Have you made any new year’s resolutions this year? Maybe it’s to get into gardening this year, or to try a new plant. No matter where you stand, our January garden jobs, and those for the rest of the year are here to help guide you through some key jobs you can get done each month.

1. Safely dispose of your (real) Christmas tree

Did you opt for a real Christmas tree this year? If you did you may now be wondering what the best way to dispose of your tree is. Luckily there are many options which you can do in a garden or not. One option is to leave your tree to rot, not only is this super easy as you just cut the tree up and leave it out of the way in your garden for a few years, but it also supports many insects, wildlife and improves your soil! Shredding your Christmas tree is another way which is relatively quick, plus you can use the shreddings as mulch in your garden. Obviously, we understand that many people won’t have their own shredder, but many councils do offer a shredding service and the compost made is then used on local farmland!

2. Put up bird boxes ahead of the nesting season

Birds tend to nest between February and August, although it sometimes can be outside of these times, so January is the perfect time to put up bird boxes ready for them. Great places to put your nesting boxes are trees and sheltered spots such as near sheds or on walls. Remember that during nesting season it is recommended that you cut your hedges or trees, but if you need to ensure you have a proper look before doing any garden work in order to keep the wildlife safe. 

3. Begin soil cultivation

This is a great job to start now and work at slowly, as it can be hard work. Soil cultivation (also known as digging) is a process that helps prepare your soil for planting. It is best to only cultivate bare soil otherwise you risk damaging the roots of your healthy plants, but soil which has weeks and debris is absolutely fine to cultivate. No matter when you choose to cultivate your beds, make sure you have completed it before the warmer spring weather, as this process does lead to moisture loss.

4. Plant your own Lobelia and Kniphofia towards the end of January

Are you planning on planting your own Lobelia and Kniphofia this year? If so, you should plan to plant these towards the end of January. With Lobelia seeds, you want to sow them indoors about 8 to 10 weeks before the last spring frost, once the frost has passed you can then move them outdoors. With Kniphofia, you will want to chill your seeds for up to 4 weeks in your refrigerator, as they are best sown cold but still indoors for 6 to 8 weeks before being moved outside.

5. Remember to deadhead any winter Pansies, winter bedding, or Hellebores

Did you plant any winter bedding at the end of last year? Or perhaps you’ve added some pots of Hellebores to your displays. If so, these should be blooming and bringing some much needed colour to your garden. But in order to keep your winter bedding and Hellebores thriving, remember to regularly deadhead them and remove any faded leaves over January, as this will keep them growing nicely throughout the rest of winter.

6. Get Planning

January is the perfect time for planning, plus you can do this job inside in the comfort and warmth of your own home. Whether you have an established garden, are just getting into gardening, or just want to try some new things, this is the perfect time to write down all your ideas and dreams for your garden so you have a wishlist to look back on over the rest of 2022.

A final note for this month: winter can feel like a long season and it can definitely feel hard to get outside and into your garden in the cold. But the new year often brings a rush of motivation and a sense of a fresh start, so if you missed any jobs in our December garden jobs, January is still a great time to get many of these done.