David Domoney Newsletter

January: A fresh start!

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It’s a new year, and with it comes resolutions, and a great deal of excitement for the coming months. Read here for my Top 10 plants for your January garden, and get ready to force your Rhubarb to guarantee a bumper harvest.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions this year is to start gardening, I’ve got plenty of tips and tricks to help you get started. One of the best things you can do in January to prepare for the growing season is to plan what you’re going to plant and when. If planting up a vegetable patch is your plan, I have a handy vegetable planting calendar here to help you get started.

Houseplants are a wonderful way to brighten up your home again after you have taken down all of your vibrant and colourful festive decorations. This week is Houseplant Week UK 2024, running from Monday 8th of January to the 14th of January, the perfect opportunity to celebrate your indoor plants. Take this as the chance to invest in a couple of new plants, share your tried and true houseplant care tips, or learn something new about plants you already have. See my Houseplant Week UK competitions below for the chance to win some amazing prizes.

Make sure to keep an eye on ITV on Sunday mornings from 10am, where you can see me in upcoming features on Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh for some great gardening tips to start your year.

January is the perfect time to settle into the brand-new year and enjoy the lovely winter weather. For advice and my best gardening tips, visit my website and YouTube channel.

Happy gardening!


Gardening tip of the month

Prune your apple and pear trees

Whilst these trees are dormant over winter, it is the perfect time to cut them back so they are nice and tidy.

Tip 1 Jan 24

Make a plan and prepare

You want to be sure you have all the right equipment, and choose a good day to safely prune your fruit trees. If you need to use a ladder, you don’t really want to be climbing up on a wet and windy day. Make sure your secateurs are nice and sharp for clean cutting.

Tip 2 Jan 24

How much should you cut off?

For a winter prune of an apple or pear tree, you want to aim for 10 to 20% canopy removal. This is enough to ensure you have removed the old wood, stimulating the growth of new wood, but not too much that you risk damaging the tree.

Tip 3 Jan 24

Consider the shape

Try to think of this prune as an opportunity to ‘thin out’ rather than shave a few centimetres off the top. If you only cut the top branches, you will end up with a large quantity of non-fruiting shoots growing straight up. Try to prune by shortening various branches throughout to avoid this.

Tip 4 Jan 24

Keep an eye out for potential problems

You may find that a hard prune leads to ‘watershoot’ production. These crowd the crown if allowed to continue growing, so remove them. Take this opportunity to look out for signs of disease such as sunken patches, many dead branches, and cavities in the trunk or branches.

New Video from David

In this latest video, find out how to look after your feathered garden friends.

Top Plants

Find out my suggestions of the best plants to grow in your garden this January for some interest and colour.

Win 1 of 10 AMES Carbon Steel Planting Spades

This durable, carbon steel planting spade has been carefully designed and forged to help you to create precise planting holes.

Top Job for January

Start forcing your rhubarb this month, and you can enjoy sweeter stems up to eight weeks earlier than growing them unforced.

Win a Hogilo Hedgehog Home

Enter my free prize draw for a chance to win a Hogilo Hedgehog home, perfect to support wildlife in the winter months.

Expert Guide: Beekeeping

Bees are some of our most valuable pollinators, and I love helping them out by keeping my own. Find out my advice for how to get started beekeeping.

Win 1 of 5 Asian Hornet Traps

Asian hornets are a predatory species in the UK. Win one of these traps to help limit their spread in spring.

Shop with David Domoney

Shop for Homeware

Find a range of homeware items to add a stylish flourish to your home.

Shop for Garden Accessories

Shop for kneelers, plant labels, and more to help you in the garden.

Shop for Wildlife

Find a range of products to help you care and support wildlife in your garden.

Win 1 of 15 copies of my book

Enter my free prize draw for a chance to win a copy of my book, ‘My Houseplant Changed My Life’.

How to become a Houseplant Pro

This Houseplant Week UK, read my blog to help you get started growing your houseplants at home like an expert.

Growing Guide: Bacopa

Bacopa produce lovely delicate blooms to enjoy in summer and autumn.

Win Houseplant Care Goodies

In celebration of Houseplant Week UK, enter this competition to win a plant mister, plant basket, and aquameter.

To increase your chances, enter via my Twitter/X, Facebook, and Instagram.

Here are the winners from December:

OASE biOrb Air 30:

Christine Goldring

Yard Force Blower/Vac:

Mari Sutherland

Congratulations! Keep your eyes peeled for other competitions and winner announcements throughout January.