Task of the Month

Our horticultural experts are on hand to give you monthly advice on what to do now! We'll help you tackle tasks one month at a time to get your garden in tip top shape all year round.

January

Top Tip

Be patient, plan and prepare.

Keep feeding the birds as they will pay you back in warmer times by creating the perfect harmony between the bugs and your precious plants.

January is the month for planning ahead and reflecting on last year’s exploits. Gardening magazines and catalogues are being studied and plans and dreams are beginning to take shape for the new season. Even in this cold weather, there’s plenty that you can be doing to prepare your garden for a year of healthy growth.

Protect

If the weather is mild, remember to protect tender young shoots foolish enough to think spring has arrived! Cover with a good mulch of Bord na Móna Growise Multipurpose or Shamrock Irish Moss Peat.

Plant

This is one of the best times for planting bare root trees which need time to establish new roots before Spring. Add plenty of Bord na Móna Growise Enriched Top Soil to give them that excellent start.

Fill some large pots with Bord na Móna Growise Multipurpose with John Innes and make a Winter display with cyclamen, primroses, pansies and some Spring bulbs. These will make a welcome sight at your front door and will continue to flower well into spring.

Prepare

If the ground is workable at all (not frozen and not too wet) begin to dig it over to expose the bugs to the birds and the soil to the elements. This will break down quickly so you can then add plenty of Bord na Móna Growise Farmyard Manure for the final digging in Spring.

If you are lucky enough to have a heated greenhouse you can now sow this season’s first seeds in Bord na Móna Growise Seed & Cutting Compost. It’s a good idea to buy our Bord na Móna Growise Fruit and Vegetable Planter now so it can begin to warm up in the greenhouse for planting.

Brendan Howell

Bord na Móna Horticulturist

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Gardening should be fun, but often people are afraid of getting things wrong, and too worried to give it a go.

That’s where we come in – we’ve got simple tasks for improving your garden, laid out month by month. Just follow along and soon you’ll have a beautiful garden, and the satisfaction of knowing you did it all yourself. If you’d like a more practical garden, why not use your outdoor space to grow your own fruits and vegetables?

Our growbags and simple instructions take all the guesswork out of it, and you’ll be reaping the rewards in no time!