The Vegetable Garden in January
This month is basically about preparation and planning for the forthcoming growing season.
Week 1 - 1st Jan. to 7th Jan.
Order Seed Potatoes if have not already done so.
Check Lettuce plants growing under cover for grey mould (botrytis) or slug damage.
Cover Cress or Corn salad plants with cloches.
Earth up Brassicas as far as the lower leaves if necessary.
Support Brussels sprouts with a strong stake to each plant if not done previously.
Week 2 - 8th Jan. to 14th Jan.
Commence chitting Seed potatoes as soon as you receive them.
If not done previously, force Rhubarb into early growth by covering the crown with a box, bucket or forcing jar to exclude light, then grow on in a temperature of around 10°C (50°F).
Alternatively, if not forcing your plants cover the crowns with a mulch of well rotted manure.
Week 3 - 15th Jan. to 21st Jan.
If not done previously, cut down Jerusalem Artichoke haulms and lift the tubers,then store them in sand in a cool, frost free area.
Week 4 - 22nd Jan. to 28th Jan.
Plant two or three Potatoes in a 250mm (10") pot to get an early catch crop.
Plan the cropping layout of your vegetable patch if not done previously.