After having a couple of very lazy weeks at the start of January, I decided that the place needed to have a bit of a tidy up so I pulled on the waterproofs and wellies. Not something every kitchen gardener necessarily needs to do, but the place was starting to look like a bit of a tip.
It was time to clear away some dead brassica leaves, harvest some Brussels sprouts and Japanese bunching onions, and get the last of the nasturtiums onto the compost.
Saving plants from the rain and wind
The weather’s also been pretty bad here, so there were fallen leaves and twigs to tidy up, and there’s been so much rain that there’s a lot of damp and waterlogging so I removed the saucers from underneath a few pots to improve their drainage. It was also a chance to tidy up the strawberry plants and move them to a more sheltered spot. While I was doing that I discovered they were being chewed by tiny caterpillars, so they’ve been removed and fed to the ducks – hopefully the plants will recover fully.
Then I gave the deck a really good clean and moved a few pots of flowering spring bulbs onto it. While the kitchen element of the garden’s relatively quiet, it’s lovely to have some crocus, iris and snopdrop flowers to have a look at instead. It’s a pretty view that reminds me that the spring’s coming in the next few weeks.
After a couple of freezing cold and mud-splattered hours down the bottom of the garden I decided that that was plenty enough work, thank you. It was time to high tail it back indoors for a pot of tea and a soak in the bath.
A few seeds to sow…
The only outstanding job here for January is to get some seeds sown on the indoor windowsills. I’ll be keeping it simple with a few chillies and herbs, and it won’t take long.
Oh, and of course I need to look into additional anti-cat protection because ASBO Kitty’s now extended her Mafiosi-style vendetta against the entire allium family to the garlic that’s growing in the window boxes. She doesn’t usually climb into pots to wreak havoc, but she’s making a special effort this year and I’m going to have to get some more chicken wire down in the next day or two or we’ll lose the whole lot. Gah! Bad kitty!
Have you done any kitchen gardening at all this month? Or is it something you prefer to leave until the weather’s warmer?