Jan­uary job file

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Ve­g­ies to sow in Jan­uary

We al­ways think of cab­bages and their relatives (broccoli, cauliflower, Brus­sels sprouts etc) as win­ter ve­g­ies, but sum­mer’s the sea­son to start sow­ing these so they’ll be well es­tab­lished be­fore the cold weather.

Sow seeds into pots or trays of Yates Black Magic Seed Rais­ing Mix in late Jan­uary.

Keep them in a lightly shaded spot and feed with half strength Thrive Sol­u­ble ev­ery week.

Plant out when the seedlings are big enough to eas­ily han­dle, which should co­in­cide with the soil be­ing cooler.

Flow­ers to sow in Jan­uary

Night-scented stock is not the pret­ti­est of flow­ers. In fact, we rec­om­mend its grown in an out of the way part of the gar­den. But its short­com­ings are for­given when the plants come into bloom and be­gin to pro­duce their sweet and pow­er­ful night per­fume.

Sow Yates Night-Scented Stock di­rect where they are to grow by sprin­kling the fine seeds onto well-pre­pared soil, lightly rak­ing and gen­tly wa­ter­ing. Barely cover the fine seeds and don’t let them dry out.

Feed in Jan­uary

Roses can be cut back quite hard in Jan­uary but this should al­ways be fol­lowed by a good help­ing of fer­tiliser to en­cour­age new growth.

The roses will then be back in full flower in time to cre­ate a great au­tumn dis­play.

Prune in Jan­uary

Jan­uary is a crit­i­cal month for dead­head­ing, a vi­o­lent-sound­ing term that sim­ply means cut­ting off dead flow­ers on most sum­mer-bloom­ing plants as soon as they’re fin­ished.

This en­cour­ages new growth and, in most cases, more flow­ers.

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