As this is one of the coldest months, plants and shrubs can be protected from winter frosts with fleece and polythene sheets if this has not already been done.
With Christmas only just behind you it is time to think again about treating yourself… to a seed catalogue! Start to make lists of what worked (and what didn’t) and what would be exciting to grow this coming year. Go on, try something new and different and if you have children, get them involved so they can choose their own produce to grow.
Even now there should still be a varied array of produce available in the vegetable garden, from turnips to leeks, parsnips to sprouting broccoli, and brussel sprouts to Jerusalem artichokes.
If the weather is looking OK, broad beans can be prepared by sowing under cover, along with early salad crops, summer brassicas, salad onions and spinach. These seeds may emerge slowly but they will be in a much better position to grow than seeds sown outdoors in a couple of months.