Top 5 Must-Do’s for January 2020!

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Welcome to 2020… it’s Leap Year! One more day to enjoy gardening! We’ve collected our top January to-do’s to keep your garden healthy and ready for a gorgeous Spring. 

Check out our January Garden Guide for more tips and remember that trees, shrubs, and perennials can be planted 12 months out of the year! The only difference is the amount of water they need depending on temperatures and wind!

1. Plan for Cold Weather

January is commonly our coldest month, freezing temps or not. Take a look around your gardens and make a list of plants that should be covered or brought in IF we see 32 degrees or lower – think tropicals and tender new plants. You can gather them together to make protecting them easier. Uncover once cold weather temps have passed. Learn more about preparing your garden for cold weather here

2. Plant Potatoes & Onion Sets

Red seed potatoes & fresh onion sets will be here the week of Jan 6th. These are delicious and good for you AND so easy. This is a great family project especially for kids. It’s important to use seed potatoes – the ones in the grocery store are treated to not sprout for longer shelf life. Learn more about growing seed potatoes here and onion sets here

3. Fertilize Your Citrus Trees

Use organic Citrus Tone by Espoma once you’ve finished your harvest. This helps your citrus get ready to bloom this Spring and produce a bumper crop next Fall-Winter. Reapply in June. You can feed in between with organic Hasta Gro.  

4. Gardening Indoors

Houseplants bring the outdoors in and help clear the air of pollutants. Most of all they are fun to collect and fascinating to grow. While the weather is chilly, why not spend some time discovering indoor gardening? Some fav’s are the Swiss Cheese Philodendron, all types of Pothos Ivy, Philodendron Monstera, and a host of Hoya varieties. 

5. Lawn Care

If you have trouble with weeds in spring, now is the time to spread pre-emergent weed controls. Bonide Weed & Crabgrass Preventer will help stop weed seeds from sprouting. Weed Beater Complete kills existing weeds and helps stop new weeds from sprouting.

5 Comments on “Top 5 Must-Do’s for January 2020!”

    1. But then again, maybe you meant what can I use for weeds. If you have dogs spending a substantial amount of time in that yard then I just would not use any weed killers, only organic fertilizers, and then mow very regularly for your form of weed control

  1. If you have full sun, Bermudagrass varieties such as Celebration Have greater resistance to traffic than more commonly used Saint Augustine. If the lawn is too shady for Bermuda then I have put down pavers for the dog area. Then another solution is to segregate the yard with a small area surrounding the patio with a planting and short picket fence and then leave the rest of the yard for the dogs to play and destroy at their will

  2. Thank you for all of the gardening tips. Much appreciated.
    I have a huge problem with stinging nettle all over my yard. My mother referred to it as Ortegia in Spanish. How can I get rid of this painful weed? I know that it is a good medicinal weed but that doesn’t help me when my grandchildren run through it.

    1. Good medicinal and also edible, I actually make Enchiladas Ortigas, with chicken, cojita cheese, and stinging nettle. The cooking takes away any sting. But while hunting this weekend, I touched enough nettle that I completely understand your need to get rid of it. If you come into our store and ask for a broadleaf weed killer, that will remove the nettle. It takes about 10 days to work, so don’t expect it to be dead the following day. If not all dead in 2 weeks, you can make another application.

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