In January, when it’s cold and the days are short, it can be hard to garden. If you plan and get ready, you can still have a beautiful and productive garden this month with GrassGow Glasgow. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Plan your garden. Before you start digging in the dirt, take some time to plan out your garden. Think about how big and round your space is, how much sun and shade it gets, and what plants you want to grow there. Draw a picture of your garden and write down where each plant will go and also think about some heavy duty tarps.
Choose the plants that you want to grow. Most annuals shouldn’t be planted in January, but there are some plants that do well in the cold. Pansies, primroses, and snapdragons are all good choices. These plants will add colour to your garden and attract pollinators.
Trim bushes and trees. It’s a good idea to trim shrubs and trees in January. This will help get rid of any broken or dead branches and improve the shape of the plants. When you prune, make sure your pruning shears are sharp and that you cut cleanly.
Mulch your garden beds. Mulch is a great way to keep your soil warm and moist during the cold winter months. It also stops weeds from growing and makes your garden beds look neat. Use 2 to 3 inches of mulch, like straw or leaves, to cover your garden beds.
Start seeds indoors. January is the best month to start seeds indoors. This will help your plants grow faster and let you eat fresh vegetables and herbs earlier in the year. Make sure you use a good seed-starting mix and give your seedlings a lot of light.
Keep an eye on the weather. January can be a bit of a wild card when it comes to the weather. Check the forecast and do what you can to keep your plants from freezing or getting frost. Cover them with frost-proof cloth or plastic sheets if you have to.
Don’t let the earth get too dry. Even though it is cold, the soil can still dry out. Check the soil’s moisture level and water it if it needs it.
Take care of your tools. Take care of your gardening tools because they can get damaged by cold weather. After each use, clean and oil them to keep them in good shape.
If you use these tips, you can have a beautiful, productive garden even in the middle of winter. Happy gardening!