What to do in the Garden in January
Posted January 08, 2019
January is a new start for gardeners. It’s time to start digging in on warm winter days and start a garden journal for the new gardening year. Some areas may be to cold to begin gardening outdoors, while others can start working the soil, but everyone can make a plan and gather seeds! An early jumpstart avoids last minute decisions in the garden.
A few things you can do now:
- Sow early peas, broadbeans, lettuce and spinach under cloches in mild areas.
- Feed autumn planted garlic and onions with greensand or kelp meal.
- Sort seeds by checking old packets of seeds. Most seeds do ok for a second year, with the exceptions of parsnips, carrots, peas and beans, which are better used up the first year you purchased them.
- Plan garden plots and purchase seeds for this years garden. The earlier you order, the better the selection.
- Attend to tools by oiling and sharpening pruners, repairing equipment, etc.
- Wash used pots that will be used for seed starting. This ensures no possible disease transfer from last year.
- Grape vines should be pruned by the end of the month.
- Fruit tree pruning can begin.
- Spray fruit trees with copper if you have had peach leaf curl, coryneum blight, or shot hole diseases.