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January Jobs

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Our guide to essential jobs that you can do in January to get your garden started in the New Year.

What to do in the garden in January

Welcome to January, from now on the days will start to get a little bit longer and you and your garden will be raring to go for the long-awaited spring. Typically, January is one of the coldest and windiest of months - it's not impossible to see a sprinkling of snow either. Winter is the ideal season to sort out the shed or greenhouse if you haven't already, those grey days are perfect for sorting, tidying and cleaning in anticipation of the new gardening year. 

This month, it's worth getting to know your soil ahead of the new gardening year. Testing your soil's pH is easy and can be done in just a few minutes with a Soil Test kit. Have no fear, there are ways of improving your soil if it needs a bit of TLC, we've got a range of guides to help point you in the right direction when it comes to nurturing your soil.

Whether you are a beginner gardener or a seasoned grower, we've got everything you'll need to start the new year with a bit of garden therapy. Take a look at our top tips for January gardening below!

Ornamental garden:
  • Shake of snow from shrubs to avoid damage to the plant.
  • Prune bush or standard apples and pears, aiming to create an open framework of about 5 main branches.
  • Take root cuttings from perennials for new growth in time for spring.
  • Sweet peas can be sown this month and those sown in the autumn can be potted on. For the best results, place on a warm windowsill to get them going.
  • Plan annual cut flowers for the borders.
  • Mulch borders if not already done in autumn.
  • Plant deciduous hedges.
  • Move deciduous trees and shrubs if necessary.
  • Ensure protective coverings such as fleece/mulch have remained in place over frost tender plants.
  • Avoid walking on turf when the grass is covered with frost or is waterlogged.

Vegetable garden:
  • Protect brassicas from pigeons with cloches, netting or fleece.
  • Harvest Winter veg such as parsnip, swede, sprouts, leeks and turnip.
  • Remove one-third of the oldest stems of blackcurrants at ground level to encourage new basal shoots.
  • Plan this year's crop rotation -  aim to grow each crop in a different bed to last year's to avoid the risk of disease.
  • Start chitting seed potatoes.
  • Cut back apples and pears by a third to remove any dead or weak growth.

Other jobs:
  • Ventilate the greenhouse regularly to avoid moisture build-up.
  • Keep bird-feeders and bird baths topped up.
  • Clean pots and seed trays.
  • Check tree stakes and ties.
  • Inspect toolsand sharpen secateurs.
  • Clean plant labels
  • Check compost bins for excess moisture and turn regularly. 
  • Organise seed collections and start planning your garden layout for the year ahead.
  • Order new seeds to sow.

Top products for January Gardening


Ideal for locking in essential moisture for healthy plant and root growth.



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Plan Ahead with Our Essential Products

If the weather is less than accomodating for some time in the garden at the moment, this is the perfect time to organise and plan ahead. Expert Garden Supplies stock the very same gardening products used by professional gardeners and growers, so you know you are using the very best products for the job.

Why not treat yourself to some lovely new seeds to plant and watch grow this year?

Professional composts

Specialist and peat-free composts, including Melcourt, Sinclair, Levington, J Arthur Bowers, Humax and Foremost.

Seed trays

Full size, half size and multi-cell seed trays. Tough and durable for many years of repeat use.

Compost Additives

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Only had a very cursory look so far this morning but will look in more detail in the coming days as your site looks lovely and very helpful. Thanks.

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