January – Is everything ready yet?

January is almost over, and I still have a few bits and pieces to get done.

Buying seeds and setting up Stratification for those hard to grow seeds. I’m sure you have ton’s to plan and order too.  This year i will setup kiwi plants, i tried last year but i failed miserably, i think my stratification method was cut short and i was to eager to get them growing. This year i will make it differently. We still have good time to get everything in order so lets make 2016 a great year with lots of goodies to pluck.



Zone 3
  • Check your leftover seeds and make a list of what you need before ordering.
  • Order seeds and plants early to avoid substitution.
  • Take cuttings from fruit trees for grafting in April. Wrap the twigs in a wet paper towel, seal the wrapped twigs in a plastic bag, and store the bag in the freezer until spring.
Zone 4

  • Organize your seeds: Discard those that are too old; then make a list of seeds to order.
  • Order seeds of onions, geraniums, and other slow-growing plants now so you receive them in time to start indoors next month.
  • Draw your garden plan.
  • Check the condition of your gardening equipment.
  • Build a garden trellis.
  • Surprise your friends by harvesting Jerusalem artichokes and parsnips from the garden during a January thaw.

Zone 5

  • Start seeds of pansies, snapdragons, and hardy perennials.
  • Replenish your supplies, including seed-starting mix and organic fertilizers.
  • Where there isn’t much snow cover, push back any plants that have “heaved” out of the ground because of freeze-thaw cycles.
  • Start a collection of scented geraniums by taking cuttings from a friend’s plants.
  • If you’re growing geraniums indoors in pots, cut back leggy stems by about half, repot the plants in fresh soil, and then set them in a cool, bright window.

Zone 6

  • Study the “skeleton” of your landscape and decide where to put new structures, such as pathways and arbors.
  • Keep bird feeders well stocked with favorites, such as black oil sunflower seeds.
  • Discard old seeds for the garden; mail orders for new seeds.
  • Create a computer database of your garden plants with notes on performance.
  • Rake heavy snow off shrubs.
  • Start seeds of pansies, dusty miller, browallia, begonias, snapdragons, and delphiniums indoors under lights.
  • At month’s end, start seeds of onions, leeks, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower indoors under lights.


Read up on more zones at www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/january-do-list to not be left behind the growth seasons!

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