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Gardening Advice From January 1906

Garden designs have changed dramatically over the years with trends coming and going but has actual gardening advice changed very much? Judge for yourself by reading below gardening advice given back in January 1906.

In a well-regulated garden January will be a leisure month for the cottager. All his ground will be either under crop or under the spade. Rather it will have been all dug or trenched during November or December and now it is being mellowed and enriched by each falling shower, stinging frost, high wind and sudden thaw. The earth rests and grows fat by resting. The cottager has little to do on it so he will therefore look around to see what he can do for it.


Clean all the flower beds round the house, scarify the soil over the tuft of snowdrops, crocus and tulips; see that neither mice, nor birds, nor rats eat tops or bottoms of the fast sprouting bulbs.

Attend to the self and other sown annuals and early primroses, violets and other plants in the borders and to the trimming and training of all roses, jasmines and vines.

Clean the plants in the window and the windows for the plants. What the latter need most in winter is a clean window and freedom from dust and dirt on their leaves and stems. These seem small matters but they make all the difference between health and disease. During severe nights move the plants down from the window or put up a wooden shutter outside.

Water with caution during frost and water early in the day. See that no water is left in the saucers under the pots at night, nor indeed at any time during winter.

Let all roads and walks be swept once a week; they are seldom very wide or long, the work is soon done and the difference it makes is immense. It gives everything a cared-for look and seems to force cleanliness, contentment and happiness into the home along every lane that leads to it.

Prune hardy fruit trees and bushes, such as apples, pears, plums, cherries, gooseberries and currants should the weather be mild but never prune plants of any sort when frozen.

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