January might feel like a dormant month as far as growing is concerned, but there are a fair few flowers, fruits and vegetables that can be started under glass. Here are the main plants to sow and grow now, for rich pickings come springtime.
• Grow your favourite herbs on your windowsill to bring colour and fragrance into your kitchen and provide fresh greens all year round.
• Give exhibition onion seeds a head start – sow these now to give the bulbs time to grow as big as possible. Sow onion seeds in module trays and place in a propagator until germination, growing them on in cool conditions until all risk of frost has passed, and they can be transferred outdoors.
• Grow salad leaves, cauliflowers, spring onions and spinach on a bright windowsill indoors, for tasty early greens.
• Sow broad beans in pots now, if you live in a mild area. Place them in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse.
Fruit to sow and grow
Start planting raspberry canes on sunny sites Image: Nitr
• Plant raspberry canes and blueberries, providing the soil isn’t frozen or waterlogged. Choose sunny sites with free-draining soil.If you're looking for something a bit different to add to your fruit garden this year, try planting the nutritious Blueberry Pink Berry.