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Debbie Nott, East Sussex
Welcome to a wet windy and generally miserable January! It isn't actually that cold its just grotty!
Whilst Christmas Day afternoon was always considered the traditional time for sowing onion seed we have to admit that (as at the first week of January) we haven't sown ours yet; a job for next week. There is of course still plenty of time to sow, but the sooner they are in the larger they will be! And that is what the next few weeks are all about - planning ahead so you get the most from your plot that you possibly can.
Whilst one or two things will undoubtedly get confused by the unseasonably 'warm' weather, now really is the perfect time for planting bare root fruit and hedging. Provided the ground is not frozen solid (and you can get a spade in to plant) fruit trees, soft fruit hybrid berries and canes will all come to no harm by being planted now, and will sit patiently and perfectly still in the ground - waiting for those at first unperceivable (to us) rises in ground temperature. Come the early Spring adventitious root growth will already be underway making for quicker and stronger establishment - and come the Summer that early planting will pay off even further as that greater rooting out will mean less need for watering (but don't forget it completely).
But not everyday at this time of year can be a gardening day, the weather makes sure of that! So on those wet, windy and grotty days now is the time to be looking at our range of Vegetable Seeds and Vegetable Plants and putting together your order; don't keep on putting it off - the sooner its done the sooner you will have your seeds, and on a good day be able to pop in a row of this or that.
Whatever you do, make the most of the good weather days we have and get out into the garden to blow all the cobwebs away - don't pug up indoors all Winter!