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January: What to do in the garden by Glendoick’s Ken Cox


Plant potted bulbs, primroses and pansies for early colour in containers and borders. Different primrose varieties with single and double flowers will be coming in each week in January and February.


Midwinter flower  


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  • Helleborus: white flowered Christmas Roses in flower now.
  • Primroses buds ready to burst into bloom.
  • Tete a tete bulbs just coming through.
  • Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop).
  • Hyacinth bulbs for early Spring scent and colour.

Midwinter Scented Plants

  • Hamamelis (Witch Hazel),
  • Sarcococca (Christmas Box)
  • Winter flowering Viburnum.

Shrubs Hamamelis  (1)

Midwinter Foliage colour

Euonymus fortunei   bright yellow variegation

Aucuba (spotted laurel) bright yellow splashes.


Growing Vegetables from Seed with Kenneth Cox


Garden Jobs for January

Cut back the dead and dying foliage: the last of the herbaceous perennials: grasses, daisy family. The cuttings can be used to mulch the beds.

Prune blackcurrant bushes (remove all stems which fruited last year), gooseberries and redcurrants.

Mulch   To conserve moisture and cut down on weeds, consider mulching beds with coarse bark. On special offer now.

Feed the birds: huge range of bird food in now. Fatballs are particularly good for energy for birds in the coldest months of the year.

To force rhubarb try placing an upturned bucket or bin over the crown this will produce tender pink stems to grow that should be ready to harvest in March or early April..

Plant: Summer flowering bulbs, onions and seed potatoes are in stock from the last week of January/1st week of February.

Plant bare root hedging: beech, privet etc. Should be planted by March at the latest.

Harvest: parsnips, swede & turnips, sprouting broccoli, Brussels sprouts, leeks, Jerusalem artichokes.

Buy seeds for early sowings (in greenhouses and propagators) sweet peas, chilli peppers. Johnsons seed ranges in now.

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