Digby's Gardening Tips for January

January Gardening Tips
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Digby's Gardening Tips for January

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During this month the garden may seem to be sleeping but there is still life going on, this is a good time to prepare the soil ready for the gardening months ahead. It still may be a bit chilly but preparation is the key. However, at present, the weather is quite mild but don’t be fooled as we can still get wet and windy weather even hard frosts at night and snow.


How to prepare the soil


You can use well-rotted manure, garden compost, mushroom compost or composted bark. There are several methods of doing this:-


  • Trench digging
  • Spreading the matter on the soil and lightly forking it in around any plants
  • Leave on surface and let the worms do the hard work for you


Digby recommends:- 


Farmyard manure - £5.99 or 3 for £12.00

Composted bark  - £6.99 or 2 for £12.00


Mushroom compost - £4.99 or 3 for £12.00 ( not for use on ericaceous plants)     






  • Check the pond hasn’t frozen over
  • If frozen melt the ice with a pan of hot water placing the pan on top of the ice
  • Place a small plastic or rubber ball on the pond




  • If grass frosted or frozen try not to walk on the grass
  • Disperse worm casts by brushing if not frozen
  • Improve drainage by using a garden fork
  • Service your lawn mower (instore service available)


Trees shrubs and climbers


  • Check tree stakes and ties
  • Move any deciduous trees and shrubs that may have outgrown their space
  • Plant bare-root trees and shrubs
  • Plant deciduous hedging plants
  • Prune trees to shape
  • Check any shrubs that are in pots and protect with fleece, hessian or bubble wrap around outside of the pot
  • Check climbers and train away from windows and gutters



Shrubs for January interest


Sarcococca  Hookarianna Purple Stem


Lonicera x fragrantissima


Garrya elliptica

Cornus (various varieties)



Trees for January interest


Betula utilis jaquemonteii Snow Queen and Silver Shadow

Prunus x subhirtella Autumnalis

Acer George Forrest


Available in the garden centre



Flowering plants


  • Choose summer flowering bulbs
  • Check dahlia tubers
  • Plant herbaceous perennials


A wide selection of summer flowering bulbs and dahlia tubers available instore.


Kitchen garden


  • Finnish winter digging
  • Start early potatoes
  • Force rhubarb



As always we are here for help and advice


Altons Plant Advice Team


Happy Gardening!



1 year ago