I don’t think there is a more optimistic human being than the vegetable gardener with a pile of new seed catalogs, pouring through them in the dark depths of winter. All futures are verdant, bright, and perfect. Sigh.
January is all about preparation, planning and dreaming; let’s get cracking.
- A good first step is to order a few seed catalogs for suppliers who specialize in your area. If you are a return customer, you will likely already have received them by early January.
- You’ll need to create your annual garden plan. I’ll soon have a link to my Excel Spreadsheet and an article explaining how to use it. It will help you build a master list, and auto-calculate how many plants you’ll want.
- Make a list of your desired plants & varietals, indicating seeds you’ll buy now or plants you’ll buy later at the nursery
- Order seeds, onion sets, and seed potatoes (if starting plants from seed)
- Order fruit trees, cane fruit & vines
- Clean out any remaining dead leaves or debris in your garden beds
- If weather permits, get an early start on weeding and add mulch to paths
- Cut and turn in any cover crops
- Add compost or fertilizer to your planting beds
- Prune your fruit trees
- Apply dormant oil to fruit trees
- Organize & sterilize seed starting supplies, and make a list of any needed seed starting equipment
- Check your winter storage crops (potatoes, apples, etc.) for rot
- Check your fall-planted garlic bulbs – you should see green shoots
Sow & Plant
Sow indoors your early seeds starts:
- Fava Beans
- Onions & Shallots (from seed)
Continue to harvest any over-wintered veggies:
- Root Vegetables