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.