Dear Gardening Friends,
I hope you all had a wonderful festive season! January is probably one of the most optimistic months of the year – Have you made any New Year garden resolutions? To increase your success rate, keep your resolutions simpler by being realistic and specific and this will make you feel better and your garden will thank you! Gardening in January is all about preparation for spring. Put a little work in now and you will save lots of hard work later on. Here are a few tips for this month:
- Check stakes, fleeces and other supports for damage and consider moving plants to sunnier and sheltered positions
- Don’t forget to keep feeding the birds; food is scarce for them over winter.
- Keep any eye out and control any fungus on you indoor and outdoor plants.
- Clean and repair your garden tools
- When soil conditions allow, continue to dig over beds and borders, incorporating manure. Forking over not only helps prepare the soil for next year, it also helps reduce pests by exposing them to hungry birds.
- Weeds – unfortunately many will survive the cold weather so once the soil is workable, hoe away before they leap into action in the spring.
- Now’s the time to take cuttings from your Jasmine (Gizimin), Geranium (Sardinell), Sage (Salvja) & Ivy.
- Prune fruit trees (sigar tal-frott irqiq) like Pruna, Cherry plum, Vines & peach. Citrus trees (oranges, lemons and mandarins) are ideally pruned between May to June.
- Remember to check your potted plants and make sure that they do not go short of water.
- And if you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to eat more healthily, why not try some simple sprouting salad seeds. Carrots, cabbages, leeks, peas and spinach seeds these can all be sown now.
We hope that these few gardening tips have helped 🙂 come round and visit us at Piscopo Gardens, Tony camilleri street, Burmarrad – [email protected] Open 7 days a week including public holidays between 9:00am and 6:00pm – you will find everything you need for your garden and pets