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January Jobs

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Our full guide to all of the jobs to do in the garden in January

What to do in the garden in January

Welcome to January, from now on the days will start to get 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. Now a good time to sort out the shed or greenhouse if you haven't yet, grey days are perfect for sorting, tidying and cleaning in anticipation of the new gardening year. 

It's important to check any plants that are currently in cold frames and to remove any dead flowers or leaves that could cause grey mould. Don't forget to make you have frost protection fleece and or coverings in place! 

Get to know your soil, what better way to understand your garden than by taking some time getting to know your soil; testing your soil's pH is easy and can be done in just a few minutes with a Soil Test kit. Knowing your soil type will help you to choose plants that complement your soil. Luckily, there are ways of improving your soil to accommodate the plants you would like to grow that don't suit your current soil type. 

Perhaps you're a beginner gardener and your New Year's resolution is to get out into the garden or you're a seasoned gardener looking for some advice and inspiration for the month ahead, whatever you're looking for we have everything you'll need to start the new year with a bit of garden therapy!

Ornamental garden:
  • If the ground is waterlogged, then keep off the soil to avoid compaction.
  • If snow falls – do not let the snow sit on the shrubs, gently shake off to prevent damage.
  • 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. Place them in a sunny greenhouse, cold frame or windowsill.
  • 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 years 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 tools and 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

Levington TPMC Compost

Levington TPMC Tree Planting and Mulching compost is formulated with sufficient nitrogen for early growth, together with phosphate, potassium and a full range of trace elements for rapid establishment and healthy growth.

Melcourt Soil Improver

 An organic, natural soil improver. comprised of green residues such as soft park and garden debris, which have been naturally composted under controlled conditions. 
suitable for a wide variety of soil improvement application and RHS Endorsed.

Recyclable Taupe Pots

These taupe pots can be recycled through your kerbside recycling scheme, allowing you to dispose of your pots in a way that has not been previously possible, Made from carbon black-free, recycled polypropylene.


Melcourt Pine
Mini Chips

A neat, small chip, high-performance mulch, from the ‘deluxe’ range, suitable for a wide range of mulching applications, particularly on beds and borders, tubs, pots, window boxes and roof gardens. 


Black Polished Pebbles

These highly polished‚ siliceous pebbles are a most attractive alternative for mulching on small planters‚ as well as for use in small or large water features. An attractive alternative for mulching.


3ft Bamboo

Top-quality 8mm-10mm thick 3' bamboo canes for all those plant support requirements around your garden.

Length: 3ft (91.44cm)
Thickness: 8-10mm


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. The Garden Superstore 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

A range of additives to improve the structure of your compost and support better drainage. 


A huge variety of flower, fruit, vegetable, herb and organic seeds.  

January Reading

Vermiculite: How helpful can this mineral be?

Vermiculite is ideal for the germination of seeds, used in potting compost holding more water and stimulates root growth, giving quicker anchorage of the plant and improved uptake of nutrients.

A Guide to Our Potting Compost & Soil Improvers 

Our comprehensive growing media range offers the gardener a wide choice for all stages of plant growth. 

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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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