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The January Rush Begins!

With New Year's Day being grey, grim, wet and foggy it was hardly the most inspiring start to the gardening year - and one of those days where we happily put off stuff for another day. But that is the difference between the later few weeks of December and the start of January; in December we can put off until the New Year - in January there is no excuse and we must get on as otherwise we'll be behind before we know it.

Thankfully the weather has changed to more inspiring sharp frosts and sunny days - and three days back into work we're already flat out catching up on sending out orders and starting the mammoth job of production for the year ahead.

And at home too its a time to get going. November and December may have been grotty, so you didn't get round to planting your bare root fruit and hedging - but it can't be put off forever, and a planting now will sit patiently and perfectly still in the ground - waiting for those at first imperceivable (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).

And, of course, there are many seeds that can be started now (Onions for one) so time to get your seed order put together; that's after you've worked out all your veg plantings and sowings - another job you didn't get round to at Christmas!

But with regard to your sowings, please just remember it is better to be a little bit late than too early. It doesn't matter how much warmth you give many subjects including Tomatoes and Chillies, the light levels are not there yet and so you will simply end up with weak and leggy seedlings. Already on social media and forums gardeners are goading each other with, "I have already sown this", or "such and such has already germinated" - and such madness is fuelled by the gardening magazines who's February issues (and so February advice because they like to have their magazine out a month ahead) were planned and written months back with no knowledge of the weather ahead.

Nearly a week into January and we still have not sown anything at the nursery - we will start next week (9th January) and sow with the season and the weather. If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook you'll know what we're doing when!