The beginning of another New Year, and a happy new year to you all, I hope that I may have your continued interest for the coming year, whatever the weather throws at us. With Christmas behind us, New Year resolutions made , it is time to start thinking about the garden. Start to plan ahead looking at seed catalogues, do not forget our discount seed system where we enjoy good discounts from Dobies, why not try something new, or maybe redesign a part of your garden? If the ground is still workable you can still plant bare root fruit trees, with established trees, pear & apple can now be pruned, keeping the centres open, taking care not to remove any fruiting spurs, plus give them a good general fertiliser, such as “growmore” this releases food slowly & is very beneficial to fruit trees at this time of the year, put all your prunings into your compost, cut up into short pieces helping to break up the compost and improve it’s structure. Bare root roses will establish easily if planted now, just remember to prune them back to avoid wind rock and encourage new growth from the base. Your vegetable plot may now be looking a little bare, try thinking about sowing salad leaves and bulb onions , there are many types of quick cropping Winter vegetable you can try. If you did not dig your parsnips up for Christmas, dig them up this month. Weather permitting, continue the digging, forking in compost & well rotted manure, place buckets or containers over rhubarb to encourage that delicious early harvest. This month is a good time for making early sowings of broccoli, cabbage and onions. At the end of the month early sowing of carrots and peas can be made. Now is a good time to prepare a bean trench putting in lots of kitchen waste & compost to preserve that all important moisture during Summer months. Lawns not much needs doing to them this month, other than not walking on the, when frosty, as this can kill off patches of grass. Check over your mower, sharpen and adjust the blade settings. Not forgetting to give the blades a good coating of oil. With indoor plants, do not over water, just barely moist and do not let the leaves come in contact with cold windows, I expect you had a poinsettia over Christmas, if you keep it away from central heating , in a subdued light, again not to near cold windows, and minimum watering it should survive well into the new year. Vines, this month is your last chance to prune them, leaving them any longer for pruning will result in them bleeding as the sap rises. With older vines scrape off all loose bark, removing hiding places for over-wintering pests & diseases, do not put the bark in your compost, burn it instead. In the greenhouse this is the best time, despite the cold, to wash down the glass inside & out, and to give the floor a good watering of Jeyes fluid. On the subject of washing, now also is a good time to wash off all those seed trays and pots. As I mentioned last month keep water clear of ice for the birds & try and put something out for them in these lean months. Some information, which I expect our older gardeners will already know, but for the benefit of newer gardeners; “know your composts” John Innes is a loamy recipe, not a brand, No’s 1,2 and 3 contain the same ingredients, but the amount of food varies. No1 is for pricking out seedlings, No2 is for potting on seedlings and No 3 is for mature plants & massive feeders such as tomatoes etc. Most composts contain only enough food to lasts up to 6 weeks, after that you will need to add food.