After a wet 2012 we are left wondering what this year will bring. It has begun unseasonably mild which means we have the opportunity to get out in our gardens paving the way for spring.
However, remember to keep your eyes on those tender plants especially as the chances of a cold snap will still exist for the next few months.
See below for a list of jobs that can be done this month.
- If you plan on sowing seeds early this year – buy the seeds as soon as you can to avoid delivery delays
- Check the weather forecasts to make sure you protect any tender plants from frost and wind
- Regularly check any trees you have staked, the wind can often loosen them
- If you have snow remember to knock it off your hedges and conifers – it can get really heavy and make them bend
- Remove any weeds that show themselves this month
- Wipe all the blades on your cutting tools and remember to give them a rub down once a year with wire wool to remove the rust
- Don’t forget the birds – they rely on you for their food and ice-free water!
- Buy some plant pot cleaner and make sure all your pots are clean and ready for this year's use
- If you plan on sowing seeds outdoors think about covering the soil with cloches (or similar) to get the soil warm and ready for seeds
- Install waterbutts and compost bins
- Check any bulbs or tubers that you are storing for signs of rotting
- Keep borders clear of debris or falling leaves
- Keep your eyes open for any last leaves that fall, sweep them up and keep for leaf mould
- Plant bare root roses
- Clean both the inside and outside of greenhouses and cold frames to get ready for seeds.