The Idle Mole Gardening School
Our gardens are rather unwelcoming this month, but when not staying cosy and warm indoors, here are out top tips on what you can be doing in the garden;
Harvest leeks, winter cabbage and swedes.
On dry sunny days ventilate your greenhouse by opening the door for a few hours
Continue to feed the birds
Where snow has fallen and remains on branches, clear this away where possible to prevent any damaged stems.
Start to force rhubarb
Indoors sow broad beans, peas, reddish and salad onions.
Get planning your 2018 garden.
This month is not so much about the hands on work in the garden, it is about preparing for the new year ahead. Seed sowing, ground clearing and planting are all common tasks at this time of year, but why not also start thinking about changes you want to make in your garden?
Perhaps a change of colour theme is worth considering for when sowing seed and planning your spring annuals?
Maybe you have always wanted a new border somewhere?
Why not creat a rockery?
Encourage more wildlife by introducing pollinator loving plants and wildlife habitats.
There is so much to think about and so many possibilities! All of which are a fantastic past time on those cold, blustery January days.
A plant to look out for this month is the Begonia. There are many different varieties of Begonia and lost all of them bear delicate spires of pink bells from January through to March. These hardy evergreen perennials are a must for shady gardens. They create a stunning mass of coverage with their elephant ear-like leaves.
We have a series of Garden School Events and workshops designed to walk you through the most important gardening moments of the year.