What to do in your garden during January
- Plan your vegetable beds with our ten top tips:
- Consider the planting space available
- Chose the right location
- Prepare your patch
- Get your soil ready
- Set out your plants in advance
- Think about companion planting which can deter pests and improve disease resistance
- Look at vertical growing for tomatoes, beans, peas etc
- Use pots for flexible planting especially for herbs and tender plants that ideally should be moved indoors during winter
- Control pests with organic methods where possible to stay away from harmful pesticides and sprays.
- Fertilise by using organic compost and an organic plant food like our Natural Plant Food
- Spread our soil improving mulch around the base of plants in flowerbeds as well vegetable beds that are to be prepared for seeds.
- Order seeds from mail order catalogues
- Spread Woodchip on slippery paths after cleaning from leaf debris and moss
- Plant bare-root roses, shrubs, hedging and ornamental trees (checking the ground isn’t frozen)
- Pruning of apple and pear trees, wisteria, ivy, virginia crepper and climbing hydrangea
- Take root cuttings of perennials such as oriental poppies, acanthus and verbascums
- Establish snowdrops and hellebores – buying flowering plants and chose the best varieties
- Take hardwood cuttings from deciduous shrubs
- Clear up the garden from autumn debris and soggy stems of perennials to be added to your compost heap
- Deadhead winter bedding plants
- Clean and sharpen garden tools like shears and spades, ready for use.
- Service your lawnmower and check over the general condition of all garden equipment
Sustainability and efficiency are at the heart of everything we do at Apsley Farms. We’ve adopted cutting edge technologies and turned low value crops into renewable energy. We focus on a circular economy by returning the nutrients in our digestate products back to the land as a fertiliser.
Our process of generating green gas and other important by-products ticks three important boxes: it displaces natural gas (fossil fuel) in the gas grid to heat people’s homes; it displaces CO2 made by the fertiliser industry, which is essential in the food industry; and it simultaneously generates natural fertiliser in the process!