The new year is always a great time to start
afresh and get back into the garden. Remove any tired or spent annuals and fill
the gaps with new babies that will flower into autumn. Planting fresh herbs and
veggies will also help you stick to those healthy New Year’s resolutions. Happy
2021, dear green fingers, and please do remember that your Life is A
What to do
in the January garden
and Phlox for an abundance of summer and autumn colour.
Water regularly during dry spells.
Put out snail bait after rainfall or after
watering in the evening.
If yellow patches appear on the lawn, this is
an almost sure sign of lawn caterpillar, also known as armyworm.
Tip: Use a thick, moist towel placed over a patch
at night. If lawn caterpillars are the culprit, they will still be foraging on
the lawn in the morning when you lift the towel. Consult your local GCA Garden
Centre for a remedy.
Colourful Begonias are available in trays to
liven up semi-shade and shady areas.
Deadhead hydrangeas and use the beautiful
blooms in dry arrangements.
A light summer pruning of
your roses will help to extend quality flowering into late autumn.
Gently prune lavender plants that have stopped
flowering to encourage an autumn flush.
Mulch, mulch, mulch to beat the heat and save
What to do
in the January veggie garden
Most veggies need 60 to
90 days to harvest so if we are sowing in January, we need to think about what
we will eat fresh from the garden in March and April. Never sow the whole seed
packet at once as it literally contains from around 50 to several hundred
seeds, so rather sow in 14-day intervals to achieve a continuous harvest.
If your mint, basil or sage is looking tired
and leggy, re-sow them now.
Plant sweet peppers as seedlings – they are
tasty in summer salads and many other dishes.
Keep protecting your fruit and veggies from
Keep the herb garden full by planting chives,
oregano, marjoram, thyme, sage and coriander.
Look out for plants wilting in the summer heat, especially in dry weather. Give plants a deep watering at night and mulch around them. There are also water retention products that you can use – these will be are available at your local GCA Garden Centre. Remember, you can always get great gardening advice at your GCA Garden Centre.