January is the month when you can cover up rhubarb crowns to begin the forcing process which will results in tasty rhubarb stems early in the season. It is worth forcing some of the rhubarb plants into early growth because you benefit from the process in several ways -
- A supply of rhubarb for desserts when other home grown 'fruits' are in short supply.
- Tasty tender stems of rhubarb are produced by the forcing of the crown into early growth.
- You save money as you will be amazed at how much the forced rhubarb sells for in the shops when it is available.
You can prune your existing blackcurrant bushes in January.
Keep tidying the plot on days when the weather is right for working outside.
Give your compost a mix if you think it will benefit from some turning and mixing.
Some people start digging out the trench where they will grow their beans next year, this is so they can start piling in the compostable materials that will make the trench area retain moisture better when the beans need it.