I launched this website on the 1st January 2018, an exciting thing to do at the start of a new year! Within the first hour I had already had my first message via the contact form on the 'About' page! How very exciting as I had never expected such a quick response!!
' Hiya! Great page, I already follow you on insta! I started up last summer, I have a greenhouse, some pots and a veg trug! What do I start growing now??? I haven’t done this at this time of year before! Good luck and thanks for the advice!'
To be honest I don't grow a lot through the winter as I'm not fortunate enough to have a greenhouse but I do find it's a great month for clearing out the raised beds and having a good tidy up in the shed. That way I'm ready to hit the growing season running as the days get longer and warmer. January is also a good month to start planning what you will grow and what you will need to buy. I use an Excel spreadsheet for this which I update each year. I find it really useful to have a track of what I grew last year, not only the variety but where I bought them from and what I paid. Click here for a copy of the spreadsheet I use, feel free to take a copy and adjust to fit your garden: Kitchen Garden Plan
Here are a few jobs that I try and get completed in January;
Clear out the shed, (and/or greenhouse)
Clean tools and oil shears/secateurs etc
Sort through the seeds left over from last year
Wash old pots and seed trays
Order your seed potatoes and collect seed trays or egg boxes ready to chit them in.
Plan your planting for the year
Looking forward to hearing from you all soon!