January is the coldest month of the year, but it is the month the garden starts to grow again and preparing it to come out of hibernation and ready for spring is essential this month.
Trimming and pruning is a key focus this month, trim back ivy and creepers if they have outgrown their space before birds start nesting in them. Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering such as mahonia, heathers and winter jasmine. You can now cut back deciduous grasses leftover Winter ready for fresh growth to start as the weather warms up.
Onions are a kitchen staple and are both undemanding and easy to grow. You can grow onions from seed or by planting sets (immature small onion bulbs) for convenience most choose to plant onion sets. There is a huge variety to choose from, yellow onions are most widely used and we recommend ‘Sturron’ for its high yield, strong flavour and tends to store well. Red Onions tend to be sweeter and are good for salads, we recommend ‘Hyred’ or ‘Red Baron’.