January is specifically good month to do those things that you didn´t manage during autumn.
1. The shaping of the grown bushes and trees can be done when the temperatures hold around 0°C. This will allow your plants to be ready to bloom during the upcoming spring.
2. It’s time to start planning flowers and vegetables and shop for the seeds.
3. Start planting seeds at home or in a heated green house with decorative annuals that take some time to grow – petunia, lobelia, or perinials like begonia.
4. There is still time to disinfect (even though the best time is in autumn) and fertilize the soil if the temperatures are high enough and the soil is not frozen. Use Nitrolime. Nitrolime works as a disinfection if used in a quantity of 100 g per 1m2 or as a fertilizer if used in a quantity of 50g per 1m2. The soil must be moist. Water if necessary so that the reaction starts. There should not be any planting done 2 – 4 weeks after this otherwise the new plants would be destroyed. Nitrolime generally helps reduce weeds and also kills certain pests such as eggs of garden snails. It not only works for root vegetables but also others. The pH of the soil should not be above 7 for this procedure.
5. Slowly also plan the purchase of the grown bushes, plants and trees that are to be ordered in a month or two.
6. If the weather allows you can also prepare the beds by ploughing them.
7. Don´t forget to feed birds.
Photos: Martina Advaney