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*Gardening Tips – January

  • Posted on January 7, 2010 at 9:52 am

January is a great month for planning for the new year’s garden. Think about what you want to get out of your garden and start making your plans now.

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  • Look thru the seed catalogs… so much fun! We are expanding our cucumber area this year as we had such great success last year with both cucumbers and my first try at pickles, we’re going to do it again.
  • You can start salad greens and lettuce in a protected area or in a cold frame.
  • Now is a great time to add compost to your veggie garden plots.
  • Make sure there is ample moisture in the ground prior to a cold snap.
  • Get your garden/flower bed soil samples and take them into your local extension office to be tested so you can have your results back for spring.
  • Fruit Trees – We often see some early blooms on fruit trees this month, but don’t worry. For those homeowners with a few trees, hold off until late in the month to begin pruning. All fruit trees, grape vines and blueberry bushes should have annual pruning this month.
  • Annuals & Perennials – Now is a great time to buy the plants at the garden centers in the sleeves that can be planted while dormant.  You can find all kinds of great purchases.
  • You can prune you buddleia, crape myrtles, gardenias, big leaf hydrangeas, etc as they bloom  in the summer on new growth. But leave your spring blooming plants alone for now.
  • Lawns – Now is the best time to try to kill the broadleaf weeds as quickly as possible. Herbicides containing 2,4-D and a combination spray containing mecoprop and dicamba will give you good control.  You definintely want to kill those weeds before they start blooming.  That nasty spurweed is up and growing too, so you want to take care of it now.

Do you have any tips for January gardens? If so, share them with us!

Thanks and have a great day.. HUGS – Ellen