What to Do in the Garden in January
Plants for january in the garden can range from annuals and perennials to herbs and vegetables. Arugula, roquette, sweet pea, and statice can all be added during this cool season. A few weeks before the last frost, vegetables like spinach and collards should be established. You can also plant edibles like globe artichokes and Swiss chard Bright Lights. For colour, consider growing purple and green oak-leaf lettuce, which makes a great foil for summer flowering annuals.
As we enter a new year, it is customary to wish everyone a happy new year. However, you should remember that winter can cause damage to many garden structures, and wildlife needs food. You should also leave certain areas of your garden uncut until the springtime, although you can prune plants such as wisteria or rhododendron bushes to just above their bud. This will keep their foliage and flowers looking attractive for several months.
If you want to attract wildlife to your garden, now is a great time to plant some seeds. Bird feeders are an easy way to start. However, you may also want to invest in a bug hotel. These are a great way to attract more birds and other wildlife. You can even plant trees during this season. But make sure to plan ahead for these projects. In addition to your wish list, January is the ideal time to plant some trees and shrubs.
While the weather isn’t ideal for gardening, you can take advantage of the drier, colder days and plan ahead. If you don’t want to spend too much time in the garden, make sure to mulch and protect the soil around the base of your plants. Remember to prune deciduous trees before they leaf out. Remove any dead or diseased branches but don’t cut off too much fruiting wood. You can also apply dormant season sprays or oils to protect against peach leaf curl and overwintering pest eggs.
Planting in January is possible even in Zone 6 as the weather is not yet too cold to begin planting. But if the temperatures do become warmer, you can try transplanting seedlings. Just be sure to cover them with row covers if you are planting seeds outside. In addition to the seeds, you can direct-sow herbs, such as geranium and coleus, or start planting early in the month.
Plants that are winter dormant are also available bare-root. Some of these include roses, deciduous trees, and wisteria. You can even plant artichokes in bare-root form if you’re not sure how to plant them. Just make sure they’re well soaked, as these won’t last long in a weakened state. This way, you can plant them right away.
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