Essential checklist for January

  • Recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch
  • Clean pots and greenhouses ready for spring
  • Dig over any vacant plots that have not been dug already
  • Disperse worm casts in lawns
  • Inspect stored tubers of Dahlia, Begonia and Canna for rots or drying out
  • Prune apple and pear trees
  • Start forcing rhubarb
  • Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season
  • Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds
  • Make a polythene shelter for outdoor peaches and nectarines, to protect against peach leaf curl