Before my thoughts turn to gardening, the first major activity for the year will be to get the marmalade production line going, making enough to last me the year.
The next task will be to buy some well rotted farmyard manure to mulch the rhubarb patch after forking over lightly. As it is an early variety, I shall cover over a couple of crowns to force it for an early pulling. January is also the time to cut back the Autumn fruiting raspberries and again apply a manure mulch after a light forking.
Towards the end of the month I shall sow some salad leaves in a small container to go on the window sill so as to have some early salad leaves. After I have bought any seeds that I have decided on, I shall sow a few tomato seeds—again to go on the window sill to get an early crop started.
January can be very cold and wet, but if it should be dry enough some light forking over the borders may be in order. As the month progresses the days will be getting longer and signs of Spring may become visible! Something to look forward to.
Tip for the month: Do not get too enthusiastic about gardening.