Here’s a wee little task list of what to plant and do around the garden during the month of January:
WHAT TO PLANT
Seed in Ground: artichokes, asparagus (crowns), beets, cabbage, carrots, celery and celeriac, chard, chives, dill, leaf lettuce, onions sets, parsley, rhubarb (crowns), snap and sugar peas, strawberries, turnips, winter hardy greens (bok choy, spinach, cress, mustard greens, arugula)
Seed Indoors: bok choi, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, eggplant, kale, leeks, head lettuce, bunching onions, peppers, tomatoes, summer and winter squash (late)
***Brassicas like kale, collards, cabbage, and broccoli should have 3-4 true leaves and be about six weeks old when you transplant.***
WHAT TO DO
- On nice days, prepare your beds if the weather is warm and dry enough.
- Cover prepared beds with mulch or row cover (prevent erosion on bare soil!) until you’re ready to plant.
- Shop local nurseries for asparagus roots, rhubarb, strawberry plants, and fruit trees.
- Cover root crops still in the ground with an extra layer of mulch.
- When cold temperatures are predicted, protect transplants of onions, cabbage, broccoli, and chard with a row cover.
- Sow seeds of herbs, such as dill and parsley.
- Sow seeds of annual flowers (delphiniums, snapdragons, and larkspur are good choices) anywhere you want flowers for cutting or as a background for other plants.
- Plant even more flowers! Poppies, chamomile, evening primrose, calendulas, verbena, and daisies.
- Top-dress lawns with compost.
- And don’t forget to look after your perennials – most fruit trees need pruning in winter, before they start to bud.