Article: Midwinter in the garden

January: Midwinter in the garden with the prospect of cold winds, heavy rain, frost and possibly snow. Even if this is the coldest time of year there are still things to do. Providing you completed your winter digging and tidying jobs last month most jobs will be indoors planning for the new season.

The garden this month will be one of silhouettes, conifers, bare branches and if you have planted well, a few flowering plants that look almost unreal amongst the resting branches.

Remember to clear heavy snow fall from plants that become overloaded before damage and breaking of branches occurs and check all those steaks and ties.

The shortest day has passed and we can all look forward to the new season so why not pay a visit to Farnborough Garden Centre and take a look at our extensive range of terracotta pots, containers, garden ornaments and fountains not to mention a huge range of evergreen shrubs together with trees and conifers.

Monthly reminders:-
TREES AND SHRUBS – Check stakes and ties, and protect any tender specimens that are in exposed positions, continue planting bare rooted hedging when weather permits. Prune trees and shrubs to shape.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT – Now is an ideal time to clean and service equipment and garden tools. If your lawnmower needs attention, take it to the service centre now and avoid the spring rush.

TOP FRUIT – Spray with winter wash – take care to choose an approved chemical and complete pruning on clear days.

SEEDS – Start selecting your seeds for the coming season. The new seasons seeds are now on sale at the Garden Centre. If you intend to use plug seedlings as well as seeds these will be available at the Garden Centre next month.

PATIO POTS – Remember to lift all pots and containers on to blocks or pot feet to assist drainage and help prevent frost damage. If your pots look waterlogged – think! Did you add enough crooks or drainage material when you filled the container. Most suppliers recommend at least one third of the pot is filled with crooks or open drainage material before compost is added.

SEED POTATOES – The new season stock will be arriving at the Garden Centre shortly and planning your planting should start now.

WILD BIRDS – Provide feeders and feeding tables for garden birds and keep them regularly re-stocked with food. Roosting perches and boxes are on sale at the Garden Centre and provide ideal shelters during the cold winter months. Start sitting nesting boxes now to enable birds to start choosing their breeding sites for spring.

All of us here at Farnborough Garden Centre would like to wish all of you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year and we hope to see you all again soon at the Centre.

This article has been kindly written by Pete from Farnborough Garden Centre.

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