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January is the coldest month of the year.  The days are short and dark.  There's nothing too urgent to be done in the garden but there are some little tasks that can be carried out while waiting for the good weather to return. 

Nothing much is happening in the vegetable patch.  Its a month of rest !  But you can start preparing for the good weather by getting your tomato seeds ready in the house.  Check that your leek and artichoke barriers are still in place.  If there's not too much frost, you can continue planting your fruit trees in the orchard.   The pear trees can be fenced and the apple trees pruned. 

In the ornamental garden, mimosas, jasmin and Christmas roses start flowering.  You can start planting your primulas and pansies, as well as your heathers.     

Indoors, you can take advantage of this quiet time in the garden to fertilize your orchids in flower.  At the end of the month the first snowdrops pop their heads up to announce that the sun is coming back soon !

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