My planned activities for this month - January
|Clear Cabbages and carrots as they become inedible|
|Produce seed sowing plan|
|Produce New Planting plan for 2017|
Allotment Blog January 2017
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.