Gardening In January

decrotive-cabbage It’s January, holiday season is over, everyone has gone home. What do I do now?

One of the best gardening months of the entire year is January. This is an ideal month to plant fruit, flowering and shade trees, dormant spray, prune and eliminate weeds. This is also a great time to sharpen and repair mowers, trimmers, shredders, chain saws and other garden implements.

WINTER PLANT PROTECTION – If you still have your cut Christmas tree
around, don’t throw it away. You can cut off the branches and use them
to cover tender or early flowering plants. Cut boughs from evergreens, like
the cut Christmas tree, are natural coverings for plants during cold weather.
Then when you are all through with the evergreen boughs they can be recycled
through the compost pile or shredded and used for mulching.

PLANTING TREES AND SHRUBS – If you are thinking of adding any fruit,
flowering or shade trees to the garden, this would be a good time to select and plant them. Most garden outlets get their new selection of these trees during the winter, so you get the pick of the crop. Plus, because the trees are dormant, they transplant with a minimum amount of set-back. Incidentally, if you are selecting fruit trees be sure to ask the Certified Nursery person or Master Gardener on duty, which of the varieties are recommended for your
area, so you get varieties that will produce the very best, quality fruit.

January is also a great month to select and plant Roses. Likewise, evergreens
and deciduous shrubs can easily be planted anytime the temperatures are above

DORMANT SPRAYING – Early winter is a good time to make an application
of Dormant spray to help control over wintering insect and disease problems. A combination Lime Sulfur and Oil spray or Copper spray are the ones most often used for winter dormant spraying. Do not spray when the temperatures are below freezing or when it is raining or at a time when the wind is blowing. Of course, apply the spray according to label directions.

PRUNING – Do you have any pruning to do? January is a great month
to prune most deciduous trees and shrubs. Fruit, flowering and shade trees
can be pruned at this time. Do not prune spring flowering plants, like quince,
forsythia or Spirea, etc. as you would be removing their spring flowers.
If needed, these plants can be pruned when the plants have finished flowering.

WEEDS – Have you checked the garden recently? You’ll be amazed
at how many weeds have already flowered and are now going to seed. Get rid
of those weeds before the seeds have scattered over the garden. Many weeds
are capable of producing thousands of seeds, and left unchecked, you’ll be
fighting those weeds for years to come.

EQUIPMENT REPAIR – Does your mower need sharpening; the oil need
changing, what about the filters, is the engine running properly? If you
need to have any parts of your power garden implements repaired, this is
the time to do it. I can tell you from personal experience if you
wait until mid-February or later it will probably be two or three weeks,
to get this same type of work done.

SLUG CONTROL – Have you seen any slugs lately? This is
a good time to eliminate them too, Every slug left to roam the garden will
reproduce two hundred off spring this spring, summer and fall. In addition,
the offspring will also reproduce young. So you can make a major reduction
in the slug population in your garden by eliminating them now.

BULBS – Did you forget to plant your bulbs? Although it’s getting
late, if you haven’t planted your Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths or Crocus,
take time and get them into the soil right away.

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7 responses to “Gardening In January

  1. William J Sweeney Jr.

    NorthEast Pa. The planted ice is harvesting wind just as Jerry Garcia predicted in the song “Franklin’s Tower”.
    My tiller is tiiled, my spreader is reder, my compost is posted, my shovels and rakes stand next to the steaks that will hold my tomatoes tall. The seeds I have dried are waiting to try and the sky is not cloudy all day… Home home in my basement I now garden away in the months. That usually say put the garden hose away till maybe the last week in May.
    So now like a drug king-pin of breaking bad i grow my Trinidad scorpion peppers. more detrimental to health than Cannabis.. But I MUST GROW or I feel so….Icky


  2. Odd winter in our garden. New Year’s Day, 50F and sunny. We were weeding and mulching the flower beds in shirt sleeves. Today, 15F. We were spreading gravel on icey roads. Wednesday, we should be back up to 50F… At this rate, we shall have had mud-season a dozen times by March, when mud-season is supposed to start here in WV. Call that Climate Change.

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  3. There was the year my wife moved a pile of bricks and unearthed an army of hibernating slugs and snails … in Southern England. I don’t think our friendly robin would go for them, but lots of other inconsidered trifles would disappear if he saw them.



  4. I’m afraid I found myself laughing out loud reading this. My Manitoba garden is currently under a couple of feet of snow and it’s below zero.

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