January can often be the coldest month of the year but the days are getting longer and spring will soon be here. The weather is likely to make the garden out of bounds for much of the month so make the most of the rare downtime and start planning. Dust off those gardening books and reach for your Dobies Seed Catalogue. Keep an eye out for those Down to Earth Prices. Also, have a browse at www.dobies.co.uk. Our range is too big for one catalogue but you’ll find everything on our website.
- Dobies seed potatoes will be delivered this month. The earlies will benefit from being chitted before planting.
- Enjoy the garden from the inside by hanging bird feeders where you can watch the visitor’s antics through the window. Keep the 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.
Remove all fallen leaves from beneath roses.
The 2017 Plant Catalogue will be delivered early this month. Along with tried and trusted favourites we’ve included some exciting new varieties of sweet pea, sunflower, begonias plus many new veg.
Our new Early Delivery Option will enable you to get growing sooner. Available on selected flower and vegetable plants this will enable you to enjoy earlier displays and crops but you will need to be able to provide frost protection. See the catalogue for full details.
Not long ago Kale, or Borecole, was considered only fit as winter feed for cattle but recently its popularity has grown so that it has now reached the dizzy heights of being classed as a superfood.
High in vitamins A, B and C plus iron, copper, manganese and calcium, Kale is also equal to Broccoli in terms of antioxidants.
In addition to being such a healthy food, available at a time when the veg patch is looking bare, Kale is also very tough and easy to grow. Kale likes a fertile soil and doesn’t mind if it is acid or alkaline as long as it is well-drained. Tolerant of club-root and cabbage root fly Kale will succeed where other brassicas fail. It’s also very hardy and will cope well with frosts which will improve the flavour by reducing the bitterness and increasing the sweetness.
Once harvested kale can be eaten in many ways. Young leaves can be enjoyed raw in salads and treated as a cut-and-come again crop whereas older leaves are perfect for soups, stews and stir-fries. Chop the leaves up small and stir them through creamy mashed potato or better still turn Kale leaves into chips by tossing them in seasoned oil and then baking them in the oven!
Kales works well with:
Cheddar & goat’s cheeses
Garlic & Onions