Episode 378. Tasks and seeds for January.

Join me in this weeks podcast where I discuss the seeds we could be sowing in January and what tasks we could be tackling on our allotment and vegetable patches. I also share the latest from the plots.

Seeds to sow in January

Below I have included a list of seeds we can sow this month

  • Onions can be sown this month to bulk up in time for planting out in March.
  • Leeks can be sown. I use polystyrene boxes for extra insulation.
  • Broad beans can be sown outside in milder areas or in a greenhouse or cold frame
  • Microgreen are great to grow on a kitchen windowsill for some great salads or garnish
  • Early crops of lettuces, summer brassicas (cauliflower or cabbages for example) can be sown undercover
  • Also undercover its worth sowing some carrots. A variety I have success with sowing at this time of year is Amsterdam forcing
  • Towards the end of the month sow aubergines and chillies with some bottom heat. This plants benefit from a long growing season.
  • Sow some tomatoes this month for the purpose of growing these in a greenhouse in March.
  • Finally a wide collection of herbs can be sown, parsley, coriander, basil and tarragon to name a few.

Tasks for January

We also have a lot of tasks to tackle this month

  • Continue harvesting crops such as parsnips and leeks
  • Check our food stores
  • Remove any yellowing leaves on brassicas
  • Cover empty ground with membrane (or cardboard)
  • Prune apple and pear trees as well as current and gooseberry bushes. You can hear the previous podcast on pruning here.
  • Force rhubarb
  • Remove snow from building roof tops
  • Make growing plans for the year ahead. Make lists and order any seeds or potatoes that you might need.


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