This year is always a busy time indoors and it’s easy to let the garden become neglected and forgotten. Here are 5 things you can do in your vegetable patch for January.
January isn’t a time that many of us want to be outside, but if you miss your garden, there are still plenty of jobs you can carry out both in and out of the garden itself. These jobs will help set you up for gardening jobs in the Spring. Here are 5 January gardening jobs to get you started.
1. Chit Potatoes
Before you plant out potatoes in the spring, it’s a good idea to chit them first. Chitting the potatoes is allowing the “eyes” of the potatoes to sprout before planting them out (this is where the potatoes will eventually grow from). Chitting gives seed potatoes a head start before you plant them in the soil. Place your potatoes on a clean tray or egg box in a light sunny place which isn’t too warm. Give them about 6 weeks before you intend to plant them out. They will be ready to plant when the shoots are about 1.5cm-2cm long.
2. Plant Onion Seeds
Whilst it’s pretty easy to grow onions from sets (small little immature onion bulbs), growing onions from seed can be really rewarding and it gives you a lot more choice of variety. They will need to be planted inside in seed trays. Place seeds about 1cm apart and cover them with a light dusting of compost. Carefully water the trays by standing them in water rather than washing the seeds away with a watering can. When they have grown into little plants, give them some more space by replanting them into fresh trays with more space between them. They will be ready to plant outside after a little more growing time.
3. Plant Garlic Sets
Growing garlic from cloves is a great project for mid winter. Garlic needs a period of cold weather in order for the matured bulbs to grow the separate cloves. Plant them out about an inch under the soil surface (flat part facing down) with about 10 cm space between each bulb and cover with a fleece
4. Empty and Clean Plant Pots
Now is a good time to begin emptying and cleaning your pots ready for spring. Clean them with a mild detergent and hot water. Be sure to store them somewhere dry and frost free to prevent them getting damaged in the cold weather.
5. Plan your Vegetable Plot for the Year
If you don’t want to be venturing outside in the cold just yet, why not check out my easy to follow guide for planning your vegetable patch.