What to do in January

January brings the start of the New Year and the planning and preparing for the upcoming growing season. I love the fact that the days are getting longer and I can spend more time on my plot but this year I need to organise myself a little more by not growing so many crops that I either didn’t like or were a poor harvest. I will be giving away the seeds within my collection that I didn’t like and hopefully someone else can get to reap their rewards.

Below is a list of jobs that can help keep you organised this month.

Jobs to do………in January

  • Plan what you intend to grow this year and order seeds
  • Continue digging over the plot
  • Spread a layer of well rotted manure over empty beds but leave in clumps ready for spreading when the weather conditions improve
  • Warm up seed beds by covering with a layer of polythene, carpet or cardboard
  • Buy and chit seed potatoes
  • Make sure pots and seed trays are cleaned ready for sowing
  • Start to save empty plastic veg and meat trays to use for sowing seeds
  • Collect egg trays for chitting potatoes
  • Check for slugs under brassica leaves and secure netting
  • Continue to check over crops that you have stored from previous months
  • Cover late crop vegetables that are not winter hardy such as salads and oriental leaves
  • Continue to hoe all weeds where possible
  • Mulch asparagus beds
  • Lime your soil if needed
  • Prune fruit trees such as pears and apples
  • Prune blackcurrant bushes and take hard wood cuttings
  • Don’t forget to feed the birds

What to sow………Indoors

  • Winter salads
  • Summer Cabbages
  • Summer Cauliflowers
  • Early variety peas
  • Onion seeds for giant varieties (min temp 13c)
  • Parsley (curly leafed)
  • Chillies, peppers and aubergines in heat for an early start
  • Leeks (min temp 13c)
  • Calabrese
  • Spinach
  • Radish

What to sow………Outdoors

  • Garlic
  • Autumn onion sets and shallots
  • Broad beans

What to plant………in January

  • Winter salad crops – protected by some sort of cloche
  • Plant rhubarb sets
  • Fruit bushes are best planted now
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Bare root container-grown trees

Crops in season now

  • Broccoli (Sprouting)
  • Brussels sprouts (tops)
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Chicory
  • Endive
  • Jerusalem Artichokes
  • Kale
  • Kohl Rabi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard Cress
  • Parsnips
  • Spinach
  • Swede
  • Swiss chard
  • Turnips
  • Winter Radish

Happy diggin’


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4 Responses to What to do in January

  1. mrsoates says:

    A Really helpful post thank you! I’ve been wondering what I can do at the moment.
    I’m really keen to plant leeks, parsnips and kale this year.

    • Thanks for your comment. Leeks and onions can both be started now under cover, as can summer cauliflower. Seed potatoes can be purchased and the chitting process can start. I would wait until the end of feb before you start Kale seeds as when they get quite big, end of March early April they can then be planted in their final growing positions. Parsnips are best sown in their final growing space, towards end of April. Hope that helps. Happy growing.

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