Make the most of the kitchen garden – even in January!
The winter season’s inclement weather can be uninviting to even the most ardent garden enthusiast.
Plans to go outside and tackle the soggy or solid soil might fizzle out within a few weeks of the New Year. Disappointment may set in as enthusiasm to get gardening is thwarted by frozen grounds and icy fingers. January might be seen as a wasted month in the gardening calendar.
Yet isn’t necessary to be out in the garden every day, or even every week. There are many ways to remain engaged in the kitchen garden and help it to get growing, without having to brace the elements or battle against an over-ambitious ‘to-do’ list.
The January Garden can be harnessed positively, even from indoors(!) – make the most of it as a time to: read through gardening books to broaden knowledge and gather new ideas, plan what to grow, and sketch up garden design plans.
On brighter days, a little time outdoors (even on a blustery or chilly January day) can be invigorating, though, and a warm drink, soup or hearty meal (indoors or out) will quickly restore comfort.
Just 3 simple jobs on the outdoor garden ‘to do’ list for January.
Here are 3 simple jobs to help focus activity in the garden and help restore enthusiasm:
1) pop outside for a brief spell of fresh air
2) check on early bulbs making their way through the cold earth
3) scout around the garden for projects to be done over the coming months.
Create a garden plan that’s fit for purpose.
Most of all – gardening should be enjoyable, however much or little is done!
|Kitchen garden blog. Tasks for January.|