After all the festive overindulgence, many of us feel the need to get outside and burn off a few dozen delicious mince pies. And it’s just as well that there are plenty of January jobs to tackle in the garden!
Here are my top 3 tasks to tick off this month.
Rhubarb is another winter growing favourite. You can plant now if you choose a dry day with no frosts.
What you need to do
Make sure you add plenty of organic material (well-rotted horse manure is my top tip) and dig this into the soil around your chosen planting spot. This should be free-draining and in an area which gets plenty of sunshine.
Spread the roots of your rhubarb crown out well, and gently cover with soil and firm in. The top of the crown should just be visible – then water in well. Newly planted rhubarb needs to be left to grow. If you harvest too soon, you’ll limit the growth of the plant.
If you’ve already got rhubarb growing in your garden, it can be forced – to get really sweet, early harvested stems. Get an old dustbin and cut the bottom out of it. Then pop the lid or a piece of board over the top, to keep it warm and dark. This encourages the plant grow rapidly upwards, in search of daylight.
These fast-grown, or forced stems will be ready to harvest in about 8 weeks. Making the sweetest, tastiest compote or crumble – and they must be just about the earliest fruit harvest you can get from your garden!