- On January 12, 2013
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I’m in a list writing mood – have written a rather lengthy one for things to do in general at Kilcoan Gardens this year – I like to aim high but don’t mind if all of it doesn’t get a tick – isn’t the tick the most satisying part?!
When I look at photos of the garden, I cannot believe how much it has changed & developed over the past few years but I still feel that there is so much more that I want to do and NOW! But that’s the beauty of gardening – you really can achieve that instant makeover look with a new border or in some neglected corner….far more exciting than boring old housework.
Here are 2 photos of the cottage garden – one taken in March and one in July – how nature can explode forth into such growth is amazing.
January is a great time for planning and dreaming of the months ahead, browse through your seed catalogues, check out garden ideas on pinterest, borrow a book from the library and check out what style of garden floats your boat. I like the English country garden look with sweeping borders….I can dream on.
If the weather is pleasant enough, you can work through a few tasks in the garden.
- If you have left your borders untouched before winter, to provide shelter for wildlife, you can start now to cut back perennials (still leave a messy pile in the corner for wildlife), clear weeds and mulch with compost or leafmould but be careful not to damage emerging spring bulbs – it’s been a mild winter so far and some bulbs will be showing.
- If you have a greenhouse or sunny windowsill, you can sow some salad crops for young leaves.
- Finish pruning your fruit trees click here for useful advice from the RHS.
- Garlic can be planted outside now – you can buy it from garden centres or online – simply break the bulb into individual cloves and push into the soil 10cm apart. See here for further info.