January is usually one of our coldest months of the year here in the UK, and can bring lots of rain and gales. Daylight is lengthening slightly every day, but still, January feels like a gloomy month. It is an exciting time for gardeners, as all that time indoors gives us the perfect opportunity to plan and decided what we would like to grow while dreaming of summer!

Delicious January Harvests

WHAT CAN WE HARVEST FROM THE ALLOTMENT IN JANUARY?

Brussel sprouts, cabbage, parsnips, celeriac, leeks, cauliflowers, swedes, kale, Jerusalem artichokes, carrots, winter radish, land cress, hardy lettuces, mizuna, chicory, endive and early sprouting broccoli.

Seeds to sow in January

HERE ARE SOME IDEAS FOR SEEDS YOU CAN START SOWING IN JANUARY

In the Greenhouse

SOW UNDERCOVER, IN A GREENHOUSE OR COLDFRAME

Broadbeans and garlic can be sown in modules in a cold greenhouse or coldframe

You can get an early start to the season by sowing leek & onion seeds indoors. You can try for an extra early crop of peas, radish, salad leaves and spinach

Plant out

THINGS TO PLANT OUT IN JANUARY

Rhubarb can be split and replanted this month

Bare root trees and bushes can be planted while they are dormant

Jobs to do in January

A FEW THINGS YOU CAN BE GETTING ON WITH IN JANUARY

Plan, Plan Plan!

Jerusalem artichoke tuber, starting to bud

Check your stored fruit and veg.

One bad squash plant can rot the rest of your supply, keep checking and remove any that are starting to rot.

Mulch

Add a good layer of compost or well-rotted manure to your soil and let the worms do the rest!

Snow Danger

The weight of snow can break your nets or polytunnel roof, so if it snows, keep an eye and carefully remove the snow to prevent damage,