JANUARY

  • Plan your allotment area,
  • Source and chit first early potatoes,
  • Check damaged structures on plot,
  • Protect delicate plants from frost by using garden fleece covers,
  • Sow Broad beans seeds for early cropping,
  • Prune apple trees,
    • pruning tips – use clean, sharp secateurs,
    • carefully clean the blades before and after,
    • wear gloves,
    • ask a friend to help if the branches are heavy,
    • look for any branches that are rubbing against one another and remove the weaker one,
    • if you are in doubt – don’t do it – pruning too hard means the tree will put more energy to produce new foliage than fruit,
    • step back and review to see the overall shape of the tree.
  • Check stored potatoes for disease or rotting,
  • Improve soil by adding organic material to top soil,
  • Sow pepper seeds for summer crop,
  • Plant bare root fruit trees,
  • Plant rhubarb crowns,
  • Sow aubergine seeds in heated area (window sill or heated greenhouse),
  • Clean pots and seed trays.