Prepare for a new growing year!
The weather may be cool but if you’re itching to get the garden going, you’re in luck. January is a great time to start planning the vegetable varieties and even seeding indoors for those plants that will be soon be grown in the garden.
Some flower varieties should also be started in January. In a warmer environment you can plant certain vegetables but must be ready for a frost. Indoor herbs are always great to grow in a sunny windowsill. Listed below are flower, vegetable and herb varieties that are great to start planting in January.
TOMATOES, PEPPERS AND EGGPLANTS
Get a head start on the growing season by starting your tomato, pepper and eggplant seeds indoors. Most tomatoes and peppers will take 6-8 weeks to reach transplant size so plan according to your climate!
If you live in a warmer climate and you can find a quick growing Broccoli variety, you can definitely harvest until it bolts in the hot summer sun!
Late January is a great time to start your onion seeds indoors. Let the onions grow to 5-6 inches tall and cut tops off so they will be only 3 inches. Repeating this until they are transplanted helps strengthen the roots and health of the onions.
Herbs are definitely the most popular indoor plant to grow throughout the winter months in any Zone. Try your hand at basil, thymes, chives, oregano or parsley.
CHIILIES AND AUBERGINES
Harvest from July to October. Sow 2-3 seeds thinly per small individual pot using seed compost + 10 per cent silver sand. Cover to own depth with vermiculite.
Enjoy a tropical getaway in your own back yard by planting delightful tropical and sub-tropical plants, including: canna lilies, mandevilla, hibiscus, vireya, palms, and gardenia.
Grow delicious summer salads by planting rocket, beetroot, silverbeet, sorrel and nasturtiums. Stagger your planting of lettuce, coriander, rocket and parsley to spread out your harvest.
Citrus and subtropical fruit can be planted throughout summer. Make sure that you keep plants well watered during these warm months.
Once established they produce a mass of delicious berries. For best results, plant 2 different varieties in slightly acidic soil rich in organic matter.
Add a dash of color that lasts all year round with a range of hardy, drought-resistant grasses, delightful cordylines or shrubs such as nandina or loropetalum.
Struggling to keep on top of watering? Plant drought-resistant flowers such as portulacca pizzaz, ice plants, osteospermums and kangaroo paws to ensure you have garden full of colorful, delightful and surprisingly hardy flowers.
January isn’t thought of as a prime gardening month in many areas, but gardeners in frost-free locals know that it’s the perfect time for cool-season vegetables and flowers. If you garden where there is a long, frozen winter, your only problem will be summoning the patience to resist starting your seeds too early. Shop for your seeds and get your supplies in order. Your planting season is not far away.