My planned activities for this month - January

Activity Comment
Clear Cabbages and carrots as they become inedible
Produce seed sowing plan
Produce New Planting plan for 2017

Allotment Blog January 2017

9th January

First visit to the allotment since Christmas Eve. I hope you had a great new year and are looking forward to the new growing season for 2017. My Garlic is growing well and I noticed that my Broad beans have started to show along with my onions that were sown at the end of November. I harvested some Cabbages and Carrots. I also moved two compost bins to my home, for using at home for composting in my garden.


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 catalogue and order any seeds onion sets and plants required
  • check sundries like stakes, bean poles, canes, netting, fertilizers et..
  • tidy up the shed while its still quite quiet.