As we welcome a new year, it’s time to take stock and embrace the season of renewal on the allotment.
January is a time to make plans, build resilience and look ahead to the bounty our careful preparations will yield.
Despite its reputation for cold and darkness, January can offer some of the clearest, brightest and driest days of the year, perfect for outdoor work. But the conditions can also be harsh, with heavy rain, frost and snow providing the perfect excuse to curl up indoors and make plans.
For the seasoned grower, it’s a chance to assess the past year and make improvements ahead of the coming season. Each new season brings another chance to experiment, try new varieties, and take risks in the name of self-sufficiency. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there’s always something new to learn or discover.
January is also a time to sow some of the first crops of the year, although you may have to wait another few weeks to enjoy the thrill of seeing new life emerge from the soil.
Hardy crops that can withstand the cold weather such as kale, winter lettuce, spinach and chard can be planted in January. Garlic, onions, shallots and broad beans can also be planted this month.
Whether you’re setting new goals for the year ahead, or simply taking the time to enjoy the peace and quiet of the garden, January is a time to reconnect with the natural world and cultivate a sense of hope for the months to come.