I’ve got a quick post for you this week! I’m heading out of town for a conference in the sunshine state, but I wanted to give you a quick January garden checklist.
We’re really just getting into the full swing of winter, but I’m already buzzing with excitement for spring. It won’t be long before seeds will be planted in preparation for the spring garden. And my seed catalogs are already here, waiting to be earmarked and bent with lots of pen marks. The planning of a spring garden is almost as exciting at he planting itself. And this wonderful winter season is the perfect time to plan.
Winter is a wonderful resting time for you and your garden. Even for my gardeners in the deep south, who can garden most of the year, replenishing garden beds can give them a much needed rest and nutrient boost. This quieter season also gives us gardeners a chance to dream about what we’d like to grow in the upcoming months. As you’ll see in the checklist, I always encourage trying something new each year. Maybe not an entire garden of new things, but try at least one new plant. Maybe a new variety of black tomatoes would look fantastic in your garden this spring. Or perhaps a crop that has eluded you in the past (it’s beets for me!) can be tackled again this year.
Last year, I tried white acre peas for the first time in the spring garden, and they exceeded my expectations. In fact, they were so excited to grow that they choked out the corn I had planted as a companion. So, I’ll give them a try again this year, but give my corn a few weeks of a head start. I’d love to know what you’re planning to try this year!
January Garden Checklist
Here’s a list of garden chores to be attended to this January: (Some of these are repeats from December, since many of us still had plants growing/producing.)
- Clear out any dead/dying plants (and compost if possible).
- Direct Compost in any beds going unused until spring.
- Cover unused beds with mulch or a thick layer of leaves .
- Feed any plants still growing.
- For greens, harvest regularly and watch for very cold temperatures.
- Store away garden tools or pots not being used.
- Start looking at seed catalogs. Yay!
- Create a list of what seeds to order. Try something new this year.
- Organize your garden area, so you can start the year with a clean, organized space.
Not only is the winter season a great time for rest, but it’s a good time to take stock of tools, seeds, and pots. Organizing your gardening area is easier this time of year since you’re probably not spending as much time in the garden itself. So, get your year off on the right foot and get organized. This will help your entire year run a bit more smoothly. Check out my post from earlier in the month on Easy Seed Storage Ideas. This will help give you some ideas on organizing your seed stash.
I have to run to catch my flight, but the January Garden Checklist printable is here, if you’d like to have it handy. This also marks year two of The Kitchen Garten blog, and I’m so incredibly thankful for you! Without readers and the fantastic comments and emails, writing wouldn’t be nearly as much fun! Have a great week and happy gardening!!