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"June in January" - it's time to think of the warmer times to come... Following are a few jobs to do now (preferably on a sunny day!).

  January is the best time tidy up, take count of what you have in the garden and make plans! - We all need to look forward to the warmer days..

   Now is a good time to prune roses, deciduous fruit trees and most other deciduous shrubs but wait on spring-blooming trees and shrubs after they are done flowering.


The benefits of manure added to garden soil, either dug in or spread as mulch are enormous.
Importantly, manure is a waste product so putting it into the garden is a good way to recycle!

Manure improves soil structure and adds nutrients. It also holds moisture and improves micro-organism activity. Along with other aged organic matter, such as homemade compost or mushroom compost, manure can improve both clay and sandy soils. It can be added to new gardens, dug in before planting and also applied regularly as mulch.


   The dormant period is also a good time to move dormant trees, shrubs if you have decided on a better place for them.

    Extra time this month should be spent to sharpen and oil tools such as shovels, shears, mowers and the like - You will be grateful you did it on the Spring!

   Keep on clearing winter debris from your beds and mulch them with leaf mould, bark or compost, watch out for emerging bulbs!


Tips to keep your Wisteria in shape

Wisterias are fast growers... the trick here is to think of the final shape you want the wisteria to achieve, keep a close eye on it and prune twice a year.

Late summer pruning about 6 nodes; Late winter pruning about 2-3 nodes
ThIs RHS video is quite useful:
  Wisteria pruning

Also worth a note: There are two types of Wisterias:   W. sinensis produces its flowers before the leaves appear and has stems that twine anticlockwise, while W. floribunda bears leaves and flowers at the same time and has stems that twine clockwise. 

   Remember to provide food for the birds and shelter for the wildlife...
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