If you’re a keen gardener then a little bit of cold weather isn’t going to stop you getting green-fingered and spending time doing jobs in your garden, but for many, they wouldn’t know where to start. We’re here to offer top tips to turn you into an avid winter gardener.

January can often be the coldest month and that’s set to continue in 2020 with snow already predicted. However, the days also start getting longer and your garden often needs as much care in this cold month as it does in the height of summer. Below, we have detailed the some of the jobs for gardeners in January, as revealed by rhs.org as well as our own winter garden ideas:

1. Recycle your Christmas tree by shredding it for mulch

This is a great way to get rid of your Christmas tree without having to take it to the tip and then finding needles in your car forevermore. Instead, you can use it to feed your soil.

Clean Garden Pots

2. Clean pots and greenhouses ready for spring

Getting everything ready for spring now, means that when it comes to planting new things in the springtime you don’t miss out on valuable growing time by having to do all of these odd jobs like cleaning pots.

3. Dig over any vacant plots that have not been dug already

Pick a good day to do this, hopefully before the frost falls and the ground should be easy to dig up.

4. Prune apple and pear trees

If you have apple and pear trees, make sure you trim them and get them ready to deliver fresh apples and pears when the season arrives.

Garden Activity: Build a bottle bird feeder

5. Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds

Encouraging wildlife in your garden is a brilliant way to keep your garden full of life and activity throughout the year. The winter can be a hard time for birds because of the hard, frost-covered ground making it difficult to get to worms and other insects, so putting out food can help them to survive.

6. Plan for the coming season

Research Garden Furniture

If you’re planning to grow vegetables, you will need to plan when each one needs to be planted. If you’re planning to plant new shrubs and plants, then make sure you have done your research and know which plants require sunlight or shade and plan your planting areas accordingly.

7. Research Garden Furniture

If you’re planning to renew or add to your existing garden furniture this season, then January is often the best time to do your research. Plus, as it is out of season, January is often a really good time to buy garden furniture as there are plenty of deals to be had.

Once your January jobs are done, the days will begin to warm and spring will be here before you know it, ready for you to enjoy your garden and spend even more time outdoors.