January Gardening Tips & Jobs for Guernsey Gardeners

There’s nothing better than getting back in the garden as the days begin to lengthen. January is a great time to get yourself organised for some busy and fun gardening months ahead! Here are our top January gardening tips and what’s looking good at Earlswood Garden Centre right now…

apple-tree-pruning
Pruning an apple tree in winter will help to improve its shape, reduce its size and promote better quality fruit.

Plants on sale now and looking good this month:

  • Winter bedding
  • Camellias in flower
  • Hellebores
  • Planted Bulb Arrangements – Spring flowering bulbs “in the green”
  • Seed potatoes now available – click here for advice on growing potatoes
  • Summer flowering bulbs/tubers now in (Dahlias, lillies, begonias etc). Buy now and store while there’s a great selection!
  • Rhubarb crowns

Top January Gardening Tips:

Recycle your Christmas tree
Either by shredding it for mulch or taking it to one of the States of Guernsey Christmas Tree recycling points – the nearest one to us is the Chouet Green Waste site.

Buy new seeds ready for sowing

We have a comprehensive range of Mr Fothergill’s flower, vegetable and herbs seeds. Full range available in our online shop as well as in store.

Chit your seed potatoes ready for planting – find out more

Clean pots and greenhouses ready for spring

Dig over any vacant plots that have not been dug already

Disperse worm casts in lawns
This can be easily done using a stiff brush.

Prune apple and pear trees to remove any dead, damaged, congested and diseased branches

Start forcing rhubarb
We sell terracotta forcing jars, or you can use an upturned bin or bucket. Forcing gives you sweeter stems earlier.

Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds
High fat content foods such as fat balls or peanuts will be particularly appreciated during cold spells.

More advice available here in our guide to Wild Bird Feeding.

Gather up and bin (don’t compost) diseased leaves from under roses and fruit.
This will help to limit the carry-over of disease from one season to the next. Applying a generous mulch helps to suppress the disease infection too. Our locally sourced bark chips or Levington landscape bark is perfect for this.

Check tree ties and stakes
Adjust those that are too tight and tighten those that are not. Make sure the top tie is near to the top of the stake so that it prevents the tree rubbing. Check that the stake is still sound and it’s preventing movement at the base of the tree trunk.

Turn and mix your compost heap
We sell organic compost improver which can be added to your compost heap to assist  in the composting process. Make sure that it is moist throughout the whole pile. Shred Christmas wrapping paper (watch out for foiled bits and sellotape) and mix it into your compost heap.

Plan your garden for the year

On a sunny winter’s day it’s a great time to look around your garden and think about things that need moving, or new plants you want to add.