January gardening tips

Winter months are the time to be preparing for the coming growing season. While it may seem like there’s a lull in the action, you have plenty to do in January if you want to have a full and fruitful garden during spring.

Here are a few tips to help you make January a productive month for your garden.

Turn the soil

Now is the time to turn over the soil in preparation for spring. So if the ground is thawed where you’re at, turn it over and expose all of the insects and larvae underneath so that they can be eaten by birds or killed by the frost. This will also break up frozen layers of soil underneath the surface.

Check for pest problems

The growing season is not an ideal time to discover that you have a pest problem in the garden. Walk around your property and inspect the garden beds for damage or other signs of pests. Take care of pest problems now while they can’t do more damage to your plants.

Start some seeds indoors

January is also the time to get started on some plants for spring. Indoors, start planting perennials and annuals that grow slowly such as geraniums. If you’re growing vegetables, you can sow colder-weather crops like broccoli, onions, cabbage and turnips to transplant.

If it snows, shake off your shrubs

If we get snow during January, make sure to shake the snow off of your shrubs. If enough snow gathers on the branches the weight can damage them.

Protect early growers

If there’s a warm spell, some of your bulbs may get “confused” into starting up for spring. That’s dangerous for them since there’s more frost coming. If this happens, use compost and a thick layer of mulch to protect those plants.

Just doing these basic tasks will help you be better prepared for a thriving, healthy garden in the spring.

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