January gardening jobs for the month

Our handy guide to gardening jobs for the month of January. Please note gardening will be very much dependent on the weather in your area with the timings given as a guide only.

Kitchen Garden

  • Start sowing tomato seeds for the greenhouse
  • Prune apple and pear trees, gooseberries and currants
  • Force rhubarb by placing a pot, bucket or old dustbin over the crown
  • Dig over vacant vegetable patch, adding organic matter and cover with polythene to warm soil for early sowing 
  • Protect peach and apricot trees to help prevent peach leaf curl, spray with a traditional copper fungicide if necessary

Flower Garden

  • Sow sweet peas seeds
  • Cut back ornamental grasses
  • Lift and divide perennials in mild areas
  • Take root cuttings of phlox, papaver, verbascum and acanthus
  • Plant climbers
  • Check bulbs, corms and tubers in store
  • Weed beds and borders ready for an early spring mulch


  • Do not walk on waterlogged or frozen lawns
  • Re-cut lawn edges and fill in turf edges for a crisp finish
  • Service lawnmower
  • Brush off any fallen leaves or twigs
  • Give a first dressing of bonemeal