January allotment garden

Last revised: 20 December 2017

Seasonal reminders, hints and tips.

Winter preparation

In recent years January has been good time to dig the ground when it has been neither too hard or wet.

If the opportunity presents itself take time to turn the top soil and remove any pernicious weeds and grass. This will reduce preparation time in spring and expose the top soil to frost which helps kill off diseases and lurking grubs, snails and slugs.

If the ground permits reasonable depth to dig, start preparing a trench about a yard wide to be filled with compost, mulch or old manure. Cover the filled trench with the dug out soil and mark the area. This will rot down and provide a base for beans and peas in the new years planting.

Storing vegetables

Check any vegetables you may have stored for signs of damp, damage, vermin or disease.

All stored vegetables should be in dry, cold place, but they contain water and will sweat. If ventilation is poor they will rot and encourage disease. For this reason use string bags or well ventilated bags and boxes, and keep in dark cold place.

Dispose of any diseased vegetables in your food waste bin, or at council tip. Do not add to the compost bin.