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Jobs for Jan/Feb

Mulch bare soil if not already done.

Sow tomatoes for later growing under cover (too early for outside crops).

Prune apples and pears - remove any dead, crossing or weak growth. Shorten this year’s growth.

Prune gooseberries, red/white currants - open up centres of bushes, cut back side shoots to 3 buds.

Prune blackcurrants - remove third of old wood to encourage new growth.

Feed fruit bushes with potash.

Obtain and chit seed potatoes (lay out in light cool place).

Force rhubarb by covering some roots with straw plus a large bucket.

Cover top/front of peach and similar trees grown against a wall with plastic to protect against leaf curl.

Remove remains of previous crops to discourage slugs.

Cover some ground with plastic to protect from (more) rain and to warm up for early sowing.

Time to apply lime if needed- depending on what you plan to grow.

Start serious early sowing inside in February.

You don’t have to dig - look online for Charles Dowding and his no-dig approach.

Thanks to RHS and WHICH?