january newsletter

January Newsletter

Winter is well and truly upon us. Yes, the days are lengthening, but oh so slowly. Snow, frost, wind, rain, mud and grey skies seem here to stay but never fear, snowdrops and celandines will soon be putting on their annual show.

The weather this month is likely to make the garden mostly out of bound. Enjoy this rare downtime and start planning. Dust off those gardening books and browse through your Dobies catalogues. Our range is too big to fit in any one catalogue, but you’ll find everything on our website at www.dobies.co.uk

Our top recommended tasks for January include:

  • Dobies seed potatoes will be delivered this month. The earlies will benefit from being chitted before planting.
  • Hellebore flowers will be emerging this month. Give them a helping hand by cutting away any large, old leaves.
  • Keep bird feeders clean and full and remember to put out fresh water.
  • Continue planting bare root trees and shrubs. If the ground is hard frozen then heel them in or plant temporarily in a pot until the ground thaws.
  • Tidy up the shed, sweep shelves and washing pots and seed trays. It’ll be time for spring sowing before you know it!
  • To prevent disease, remove all fallen leaves from beneath roses.
  • Prune apple and pear trees, removing any criss-cross branch and dead wood.

Gardening Catalogue 2018

Our new Spring 2018 catalogue will be hitting doormats across the land from the beginning of January. The 96-page catalogue is packed with flower and veg seeds, plants, fruit and equipment and we’ll also enclose our January Sale leaflet. Everyone loves a bargain and our sale offers fabulous savings of up to 83% on many products.

View the online catalogue by clicking the image above or order a catalogue here.

Fancy Growing Something New?

We all have our favourites – tried and trusted varieties of fruit and veg that we grow each and every year. But it’s also fun to try something new, here’s a couple of suggestions:

Fruit – Melon Pepino Trio

pepino melon

A fantastic showpiece plant for a conservatory or greenhouse, Melon Pepino Trio is supplied as 3 plants (each having a distinct coloured fruit) growing together in the one pot. It can also be grown on a sunny patio but the fruits ripen late, so the pot will need bringing indoors. Highly attractive, the fruits taste like melon, with the freshness of cucumber and the firmness of pear. Perfect to eat on their own or for jazzing up fruit salads.

Vegetable – Mangetout Pea Spring Blush

Attractive enough to grow in the flower bed, Mangetout Pea Spring Blush is both pretty and tasty. Tall growing yet compact it will look stunning growing up an obelisk at the back of the border. Bi-coloured purple/pink flowers develop into an abundance of rose blushed and green pods. “Mangetout Rodney?”- I think so!

After the excesses of Christmas many of us crave more simple, healthy meals that satisfy whilst still helping us to shed a few pounds. Vegetables are the answer, with many root vegetables and brassicas being in season. This month we have brassica royalty in the form of Cabbage January King. Dating back to 1867 there’s a reason why this variety remains so popular – it tastes gorgeous!

cabbage january king

Purple-green and sweet tasting, January King is as delicate as a cabbage gets and is best steamed, stir-fried or simply shredded and cooked in melted butter, low fat of course, with a little crushed garlic.

January King & Bean Soup

You will need:
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion, finely chopped
200g January King cabbage, shredded
1 clove of garlic, thinly sliced
150ml dry white wine (optional)
2 tbsp thyme leaves, striped from stem
400g can peeled plum tomatoes
600ml vegetable stock
400g can cannellini beans, drained

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the onion and cook over a medium heat for 3 to 5 five minutes or until softened.
  • Add the cabbage and garlic and mix well with the onions, cooking for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the wine and thyme and simmer for a minute.
  • Add the tomatoes and stock and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 minutes, then stir in the drained beans. Season and simmer for two minutes.
  • Serves 4 people, with or without crusty bread.

Sowing Season

The start of a new year means we will soon be in the midst of prime seed sowing season. Getting your seeds off to the best possible start is important to ensuring that they grow into strong, healthy plants. having the correct propagating equipment to germinate the seeds prior to planting out is vital in achieving this. From packs of peat pellets, jiffy pots, windowsill propagators and more, we have everything you need to get a head start on sowing your seeds.

Pick and Mix on our selected range of propagation and get any 5 for only £10 – save up to £39.75

Pick & Mix

Your Christmas tree may be still hanging on to life but the time has arrived to start planning your summer garden. Order early and you’ll get what you want. Order late and we may have sold out. The Dobies Pick & Mix offer on flower plugs means you can but any 2 packs and get a 3rd free or, any 6 packs and get 6 packs free!

Pick and mix