Happy new gardening year to you!
It might not be the perfect time to get outside in the garden but it’s the best time of year for planning what you will grow and prepping the garden or allotment ready to get sowing and planting as the weather warms up.
January sees Blue Monday on 17th, so if you’re feeling low, there’s nothing better than getting outside. Go for a walk or get out in the garden if you can. Research has shown that the more biodiverse your garden is, the higher your wellbeing score will be as well.
We know how much garden wildlife needs support during the cold weather. Creating a garden with food, shelter & resting spaces will bring so much joy. Not just to birds, bats, hedgehogs, amphibians & any other welcome visitor, but to you too! Just going outside to clean and fill up the bird feeder will give you a sense of responsibility and hope.
On warmer days, it’s a real tonic to put on my gardening gloves and get some work done in the garden. It’s a good opportunity to clean greenhouses & other garden structures. Why not tidy your shed before things get busy in the garden? If the weather isn’t too bad, hard landscaping can be completed during winter and new beds can be made, so they are ready for planting in soon.
Don’t forget to add your PlantGrow to feed the soil which will help your plants to thrive. Layer it on at a depth of about 3cm if you garden using the no dig method, or add it to the soil and gently fork it in if not. I garden no dig and it has made a huge difference to my soil quality and ultimately my crops. Before you know it, the birds will be singing and your seeds will be sprouting so hang in there and enjoy the winter garden.
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