January newsletter: The start of something new

Hi,

Welcome to 2023, another New Year is here, so let’s embrace this time and use it as an opportunity to try a new challenge in the garden. These top ten plants for January gardens are sure to brighten up winter mornings. Or if there’s a narrow, shaded spot in your garden, fill it with these plants that fit the purpose.

Now the festive period is over, there may be a corner of your home that looks a bit bare. Replace the Christmas tree with these houseplants that will offer structure and greenery to your home all year round.

Sticking with the beauty of houseplants, it’s #HouseplantWeekUK from 9th-15th January. This is a time to celebrate houseplants and look at the best of indoor gardening. Whether you’re a greenfingered indoor gardener or want to get started, keep an eye out on my website and social media for tips and giveaways to keep your houseplants growing happily.

If you’re deciding a grow something new this year, give yourself some new year’s resolutions, or want a challenge for 2023, there is plenty of inspiration on my website. Get growing a variety of vegetables and plan your planting with my printable vegetable calendar.

There’s plenty to look forward to in 2023, and I hope you’ll continue to join me in my garden as we step into another growing season. For more behind the scenes of my garden, take a look at my YouTube channel.

Happy gardening!

David

Gardening tip of the month

Keeping your tools in good condition is important so you can continue to use them year after year.

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Get rid of layers of dirt by washing tools with warm, soapy water. Using a stiff brush can help to knock off any mud. Rub with a wire brush in a circular motion.

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Cutting blade can become blunt after heavy use. Apply WD40 to tools like secateurs, shears, and hoes before sharpening them.

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For contaminated plots or plants, take extra care by using Jeyes fluid or Citrox as a disinfectant, then rinse well and follow the instructions on the packet.

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Once you’re done with cleaning, hang tools up rather than leaving them on the floor. Or pop them in sand head first to keep them clean and remain dry.

Happy houseplants

Take a look at the range of houseplant blogs so you can get started to create a thriving indoor green haven to care for and enjoy.

Giveaways galore

Get involved this #HouseplantWeekUK by entering my prize draws on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to win prizes including a copy of my book, a jigsaw, watering globes, plant food and succulent pots.

Watch this…

Come on the journey with me from harvesting olives to find out how olive oil is made from the olives in the grove in Italy.

Top plants

You’ve blinked and before you know it, 2022 has gone and it’s 2023. These plants come into their own during winter, lots of them highly scented. So bring some cheer to your garden this year.

Root cuttings of perennials

People may be familiar with taking plant cuttings from stems and leaves, but there is another way to make plants for free, and that’s by using the plant’s roots. So, here’s a handy guide…

Plants for narrow shaded spots

There’s no reason why these areas can’t be transformed into areas of beauty that give year-round interest. Here are some tips to transform that patch.

Vegetable planting calendar

Get inspired with which vegetables to grow each month using this handy planting calendar that you can download and print.

Here are the winners from December:

Houseplant Care Item Winners

Vicki Francis

Laura Edwards

Alan Wiseman

Sonja Savage

My Houseplant Changed My Life

Victoria Bazley

Emma Gasken

Angela O’Connor

Nina Kzane

Yard Force Hand Shear

Dan Hunter

Congratulations! Look out for even more prize draws throughout January…