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January Garden Checklist

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Not sure what you should/can be doing in your garden in January? I’ve got you covered with a quick January garden checklist. Even if your garden is a foot (or two) deep in snow, there are things you can do in the garden in January to start preparing for spring.

january garden checklist

What to do in the Garden in January

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.

(Side note: Need a garden planner? Grab my Complete Garden Planner!)

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.

Try Something New in the Garden

January is new garden catalog season, so if you aren’t getting a mailbox full of fun garden catalogs, then be sure to sign up for a few. See my post on Best Garden Seed Companies (which all have free catalogs!). This is the month to be inspired!

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.)

  1. Clear out any dead/dying plants and compost if they’re healthy.
  2. Direct Compost in any beds going unused until spring.
  3. Cover unused beds with mulch or a thick layer of leaves .
  4. Feed any plants still growing.
  5. For greens, harvest regularly and watch for very cold temperatures.
  6. Store away garden tools or pots not being used. (How to Clean Garden Tools)
  7. Start looking at seed catalogs. Yay!
  8. Create a list of what seeds to order. Try something new this year!
  9. Organize your garden area, so you can start the year with a clean, organized space. (Here are some great shed/garage organization tips!)

Getting Organized

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 on Easy Seed Storage Ideas. This will help give you some ideas on organizing your seed stash.

The January Garden Checklist printable is below, if you’d like to have it handy. This also marks year four 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!!

January Garden Checklist

january garden checklist

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