All about January gardening


Happy New Year!

I always enjoy the beginning of a new year in the garden and I can’t wait to get cracking. There are a few jobs at this time of year that I always like to do, and most of them depend on the weather. If it’s wet or snowy, I shelter in the greenhouse, but if it’s mild, I like to get as much done as possible outside.

Whatever the weather is like, a priority is to feed the birds. They use up so much energy at this time of year simply trying to survive, so it’s important to use a high energy mix – don’t miss our bird food Today’s Special Value offer, coming your way on Saturday 7th January. While you’re outside, cut back the leaves on hellebores to ground level. The plants look much tidier and you’ll also be able to see and enjoy the flowers better when they start to appear in late winter.

Also, check your winter pots and baskets to see if they need watering. They can dry out surprisingly quickly in windy weather. You should also take the opportunity to have a good look at your garden. If it looks dull, maybe it could be improved with more winter colour or evergreens?

Take a photo of the border and show it to your garden centre who can help pick the perfect plants. One plant definitely worth considering is the fabulous rhododendron Tinkerbird, with stunning white flowers that smell of jasmine. It’s our Plant of the Month for January and in trials carried out by members of my website, it was the most popular new plant we grew last year.

I’m always keen to do some planting in January and one of my favourite jobs, whatever the weather, is to sow sweet pea seeds. I pop mine in the greenhouse but it’s just as easy to start them off in small pots on a cool windowsill indoors. When the plants are 5cm (2″) high, pinch out the tops to make them grow bushy, then plant in the garden in March for masses of beautiful scented flowers from mid-June onwards.

Richard Jackson Flower Power

It’s an exciting time for QVC gardening this month. We’re kicking off the season with a series of shows on Saturday 7th January which will feature the bird food Today’s Special Value offer, the scented rhododendron Tinkerbird and a couple of special offers on my Flower Power, as well as the Root Booster. It’s like making the most of the January sales, but from the comfort of your armchair.

Happy gardening,



  1. Jean Pugh January 17, 2017 at 10:27 am -  Reply

    It is great to have the extra bird food. I have used this since it was launched. The best ever. Unfortunately my last two orders did not get to me, but QVC as usual were very good and refunded me.
    This meant i had to get some from garden centre, expensive rubbish, even the pigeons turned their noses up at it. We live near plenty of woodland and have lots of trees surrounding property, so we get lots of different species visiting the bird table. So many sparrows I often think the table will tip up, bullfinches, longtailed tits, blue tits, great tits, nuthatches, pigeons, doves, Even the woodpeckers. Last year we had the young woodpeckers which were a pleasure to see. Not forgetting the distructive squirrels, which the dogs chase.
    Just one thing regarding the bird food delivery I did contact qvc regarding this, just received the TSV which is the bigger bag, the box was so thin and just sealed with a bit of sellotape that box had completely collapsed, so Courier had food in one hand, crumpled box in other. The box needs to be stronger and sealed with strong tape not sellotape. My usual Courier moans it is too heavy, and will leave it in Lane for me to collect, Charming.

  2. Lesley Wilkinson January 22, 2017 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    I too have bought Richards Jacksons bird food. It’s a bit expensive but my birds love it & there is no waste, which with cheap brands as it drops to the ground weeds appear.

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