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General Category => General Cookham Discussions => Topic started by: gardenman on January 13, 2018, 02:04:40 PM

Title: The Garden in January
Post by: gardenman on January 13, 2018, 02:04:40 PM
Happy New Year and if you have your Christmas tree still lying out in the garden why not chop it up and put it into the compost bin?

Finish clearing away fallen leaves particularly paying attention to removing any with blackspot from beneath your roses.

Check any stored dahlia and begonia tubers. Cut away any bits showing rot and plunge shrivelled tubers in a bucket of tepid water overnight, then dry thoroughly.

Firm in any plants that have been lifted by frost.

Pot on autumn sown sweet peas and place on a sunny window sill. If you didnít start any then no problem, sweet pea seeds can be sown this month.

Now is the perfect time to prune Wisteria (back to 2 or 3 buds)

Prune rose bushes to just above a bud, removing any crossing or dead branches (to test if branches are dead, scrape back some bark with your nail, if its green beneath the bark, the branch is still alive!)

Cut back dead foliage from perennials/grasses a few centimetres above ground level, but be careful not to snip off the new growth that may be starting to emerge.     
Hellebores are soon to be in their full glory when there is not much else in the garden! To fully enjoy them remove some of the big, winter damaged leaves to make the flowers more visible.

If you are getting Rhubarb crumble withdrawals, speed up growth by putting a pot over your rhubarb crowns (plugging any holes to ensure all light is blocked out.) As the plants search for light they will produce tender, tasty stems.