January 2015

26th January

I have had just a few visits to the allotment but it was only to pick lettuce cabbages and Sprouts. I will get productive again very soon.


What needs doing this month


  • Inspect stored fruit and discard any that has rotted
  • Spray fruit trees and bushes with a tar-oil winter wash
  • continue planting if soil conditions are suitable
  • check stakes, ties, framework supports and wires and replace or repair, if required
  • Continue pruning trees and bushes
  • any trees and bushes grown on grass need a nitrogen feed this month.


  • plant rhubarb roots
  • cover established rhubarb with compost
  • to encourage early rhubarb growth cover with straw or a large bin
  • Shallots can be planted if the soil is well drained
  • Take Chicory roots into the greenhouse for forcing.
  • Order Potato tubers and when they arrive place in trays to chit.
  • Lift Celery, Parsnips and Jerusalem Artichokes as required.
  • Clear away stems and roots of cabbages that have finished cropping.
  • If the soil is not too wet dig over any beds ready for planting in spring.
  • Cover with Black polythene or cloches, any beds that will be used for early crops. This will help to warm the soil.
  • Inspect any vegetables still in store for decay.
  • Celery may need extra protection if the weather is severe.
  • In milder areas sow Lettuce, Carrots, Radish, Onions, Broad beans and round seeded Peas under cloches for early crops.
  • Clean any decaying leaves from over wintering lettuce in cold frames.
  • Continue winter digging if ground conditions permit.
  • Clear away the stems of Brussels Sprouts that have been picked.
  • Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Kale should now be ready for harvesting.



  • This is a good time to plan your herb garden while the plants are dormant



  • Insulate greenhouse
  • sow early tomatoes for heated greenhouse
  • sow dwarf French beans, leeks and onions
  • chit seed potatoes
  • plant early pot-grown potatoes and rhubarb for forcing
  • sow peas in guttering for an early start


  • service mechanical machinery ready for spring
  • check the seed catalogues and order any seeds onion sets and plants required
  • check sundries like stakes, bean poles, canes, netting, fertilisers etc.
  • tidy up the shed while its still quite quiet.