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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!