More garden-less days ahead but there are still some things to do for your garden.
General to-do list
– Start ordering seeds and plants. Check your leftover seeds to know what you need to order. If your seeds are too old, discard them and order new replacements.
– Plan your next garden; rework your garden design if necessary or if only to give it a new look and feel this new year.
– If you keep a garden journal, review last year’s so you can better plan your new garden.
– Don’t throw your Christmas tree away; instead recycle it to a bird feeder or mulch.
– If you have stored bulbs and vegetables, it’s time to check them.
– Also, check plants for heaving.
– Don’t forget the birds! Make sure all feeding stations are filled and they have fresh, unfrozen water.
– January is a good month to take a short gardening class or finally attend your Garden Club meetings.
– If your Christmas Cactus is still blooming, water it every 3 days with ½ cup of water.
– Use a broom to brush heavy snow from evergreens.
– Repair or build garden trellises and furniture.
– Lessen fertilizer applications to your house plants.
– A good indoor project during wintry days would be making seed flats.
– Check your climbing rose and re-tie any branches that might have worked loose.
– Start geranium seeds indoors for transplanting in the garden come summer.
– Stop watering petunias when their leaves drop and put them in a cool place.
If you’re in Zone 7 and up
– Start doing some winter sowing. This will get you a head start on veggies and flowers that require stratification.
– Also start seeds of slow growing cool season veggies such as leeks and cauliflower. Start annual flowers too like petunias, portulaca, ageratum, geranium, verbena and snapdragons indoors.
– Check outdoor plants for any damage done by animals.
– Check indoor plants for any signs of pests or infestation.
If you’re in the NW
– Suppress weed by adding more mulch to paths.
– For outdoor plants that are tender, cover them when cold nights are predicted.
– Start artichokes and asparagus.
– Prune perennials, roses and trees.
– Start planting fruit trees and bare-root roses.
If you’re in South CA
– Start pruning your roses and fruit trees
– Start planting perennials, cool season vegetables, fruit trees and bare-root roses.
If you’re in the Southwest
– Keep watering evergreens.
– Start pruning your roses.
– Prune grapes.
– Start planting asparagus.
– Sow cool season crops i.e. turnips, greens, broccoli, cabbage, and onions to be ready for transplant in February.
– Set out transplants of cool season flowers i.e. violas, snapdragon, pansies, sweet pea and petunias.
– Direct sow greens, peas and carrots at the end of January.
If you’re in Florida
– Start some quick growing spinach, radishes and peas.
– Start seeding slow-growing plants like chilies, peppers and eggplant.
– Once raspberries stop fruiting, prune the canes to ground.
– Save wood ashes now for your rose beds in April.
– If you have plants growing in water, adding charcoal chips to the water will keep it sweet.
– Mealy bugs in your houseplants? Wipe them off the plants using a cotton swab dipped in alcohol.
– Keep off mites from African violets by putting camphor flakes in a saucer under the plants.
– Use water that is at room temp when watering indoor plants.