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Month by Month
A regular column by Lauren Wall of Hollybeck Nurseries
New Year, New Garden
Well, it sure is cold this month! The gardens are very much dormant now, but there are still many joys that the garden can bring at this time of year.
Let’s take a look at what you can be doing in your garden this month;
• Continue to feed the birds! Our feathered friends need our help at this time of year
• Clear away leaves and any plants that have died down
• Ventilate greenhouses on sunny days
• Prune apple and pear trees now
• Check tree ties and stakes are still in place. Replace or tighten as necessary
• Firm down any newly planted shrubs and trees that may have been lifted by frosts and strong winds
• Wisteria can be pruned back now. Cut back side shoots to 2 or 3 buds on previous years growth
• Take hardwood cuttings
• Continue to plant bare root deciduous hedging plants and trees
• Start planning any changes you want to make to your garden now
• Seen any colourful shrubs you like? Take note of those which look colourful and interesting now and look out for them in your local garden centre
This month sees the beginning of a new year and it is a perfect time to start planning your garden for the year ahead. Take the time now, whilst it is unsuitable to be out gardening, to plan vegetable crop rotations or design a new border or rockery.
Look up interesting varieties of shrubs and trees, which you would like to introduce to your garden. Whatever takes your fancy, now is the time to get planning!
Make 2017 a year to start growing your own! Start buying your seed potatoes now. When selecting your potatoes, look out for:
‘Sarpo Mira’ -
‘Blue Danube’ – An early main crop variety, again with a very good resistance to blight. With blue skins this has been labelled to provide the “best roast potatoes ever”.
‘Axona’ – A late main crop variety, ideal for baking, mashing, roasting and chipping. A great all rounder.
There has never been a better time to start growing your own!
There is a shortage of natural sources of food for birds at this time of year so continue to feed them. It is a joy to watch birds in your garden so why not encourage them to visit your garden by adding a feeder.
Please make sure once you start feeding the birds, that you continue. It takes a lot of energy for birds to get to your garden, so ensure they do not have a wasted visit!
So stay warm this month and remember springtime is not too far away, your garden may seem dead and dormant now, but be sure there is a hive of activity going on underground.
Get planning your 2017 garden now!
The nursery is all set up now ready for the exciting months ahead. We have an exciting selection of seed potatoes in stock now, plus many different varieties of Summer flowering bulbs ready for planting.
Why not treat yourself to a warming lunch in The Topiary Tearoom? Enjoy our fantastic buy 1 get 1 half price lunch event from Monday 9th to Friday 27th Janaury*.
*This offer is valid weekdays only between 11:30am and 3:30pm. Cheapest meal half price. Exclusions apply.
Keep your tender plants happy this month with our great selection of frost protection. Remember to re-
Got the post Christmas blues? Why not cheer yourself up with some new home accessories? We have a wonderful selection of gifts for the home including throws, cushions, diffusers, candles and more…..
Remember to keep warm this month, and enjoy January with Hollybeck!
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