January might be the middle of winter but as the days lengthen the garden starts to grow. Now is a great time to plan for the coming gardening year and to order seeds and plants. Enjoy the fresh air, on dry sunny days, and check your winter protection, stakes, ties and supports are still working after any severe weather. Also put out food for birds and leave some garden areas uncut, a little longer, to provide shelter for wildlife.

  1 Prune apple and pear trees

  2 Clean pots and greenhouses ready for spring

  3 Dig over any vacant plots that have not been dug already

  4 Disperse worm casts in lawns

  5 Inspect stored tubers *dahlias etc) for rots or drying out

  6 Recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch

  7 Start forcing rhubarb

  8 Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season

  9 Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds

 10 Make a polythene shelter for outdoor peaches and nectarines, to protect against peach leaf curl

Find out more on the RHS website

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Often the coldest month

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Lodsworth  &  District  Garden  Club

 is for everyone interested in plants and gardening!

You are very welcome to join us no matter what type of garden

you have, be it large or small, established or new, a conservatory,

an allotment, a windowbox or pot plants on the patio. We want

to encourage interest in all types of gardening in our community, providing opportunities for our members to share gardening experience and increasing knowledge of plants and gardens.

We welcome new members to join the Lodsworth & District  

Garden Club; the annual subscription is only £7.50 for individual members or £10.00 for families.  Membership benefits include subsidised entry to our talks, workshops and visits, with discount

from a wide variety of local horticultural suppliers.

Please look at our contact page for details of becoming

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