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Often the coldest month
January might be the middle of winter but as the days lengthen the garden starts to grow. Now is a great time to plan for the coming gardening year and to order seeds and plants. Enjoy the fresh air, on dry sunny days, and check your winter protection, stakes, ties and supports are still working after any severe weather. Also put out food for birds and leave some garden areas uncut, a little longer, to provide shelter for wildlife in your garden.
Recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch
Clean pots and greenhouses ready for spring
Dig over any vacant plots that have not been dug already
Disperse worm casts in lawns
Inspect stored tubers of Dahlia, Begonia and Canna for rots or drying out
Prune apple and pear trees
Start forcing rhubarb
Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season
Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds
Make a polythene shelter for outdoor peaches and nectarines, to protect against peach leaf curl
Things to do in the garden this month
Greenhouse, conservatory and houseplants
Trees and shrubs
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