Temperatures around or even below freezing are not good arguments for a trip to the allotment garden. Nevertheless, allotment gardeners should check their plot from time to time in January. And not only that. There are also some small (and important) jobs that should be done in the cold season. You can find out what these are and what you need for them in the following article.
In the ornamental garden in particular, you can and should start working in the first month of the year. Some shrubs develop magnificently even at low temperatures. For example, lilac, willow or sea buckthorn tend to have root shoots sticking out of the ground. To prevent these trees from multiplying uncontrollably, they should be cut off with a garden spade (here a model from Fiskars) and disposed of properly.
Strawberry plants are robust. Nevertheless, they also need some care in January. If possible, remove all diseased and dead leaves; especially from the plants planted in late summer. In addition, frost can push the root balls out of the ground. In this case, it should be carefully pushed back into the ground to protect the roots from the next frost.
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Unlike other trees and shrubs, pome fruit can be cut at temperatures as low as -5 degrees Celsius (°C). Important: It should be dry so that no pathogens can penetrate the open cuts and damage the tree. For the same reason, be sure to use sharp and clean pruning shears when cutting pome fruit.
It may not be part of the classic garden work, but the native birds in particular have a hard time in winter. And in search of berries will be titmouse
They are among the most popular types of fruit among allotment gardeners. And gooseberries and currants are already looking forward to their owners’ valued attention in January. Specifically, it is about multiplying the sweet berries. For this purpose, one-year-old canes are cut into pieces 20 to 30 centimeters long with sharp pruning shears (here a model from WOLF-Garten) and placed (without leaves) in a pot filled with sandy soil.
Some ornamental plants love the cold. So-called cold germs such as monkshood or the popular Christmas rose can be sown in January without hesitation. Temperatures should be between 4 and -4°C when sowing. In some cases, the seeds should be soaked in moist potting soil on the windowsill at home before being allowed outside.
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