It’s cold and gloomy in most of the northern hemisphere in January, but it’s the right time to start planning for this summer’s harvest. Gardening weather may seem a long way off, after all, it is winter, what’s a gardener to do? Just remember, it’ll be warm enough outside to plant in a few months and there’s a lot to do before plants go in the ground!
Here are some ideas that will help you get that garden growing early.
Composting in Cold Weather
If you haven’t been paying attention to your compost this winter, thinking nothing’s happening anyway, think again. Get out there and manage your compost pile in the winter months.
Cultivating soil is not as straightforward as it may seem
January is a good time to break up new soil and work last year’s garden soil. Feeding, caring for and prepping garden soil is vitally important to gardening success. You need easy and inexpensive ways to improve your garden soil.
Recommended Book: The Art of Gardening – Building Your Soil
Educate Yourself on Starting Seeds
Before you even buy seeds you should educate yourself so you know which seeds you want to try and start yourself, sow directly, or plan to buy as transplants. Here are some DIY Seed Starting Tips and some more specifically on starting seeds indoors. Get a garden journal and learn what to keep track of in a garden journal.
Get your own: MomPrepares Garden Journal!
Get Out Your Leftover Seeds!
Are they still good? Use our seed viability post to learn about using last year’s seeds for the spring garden!
Get Out Your Seed Catalogs and Make a Plan
You need to have your seeds ordered in time to be able to start some indoors so you have transplants in time to put in the garden. That means you need to order and start planning your seeds now.
If you haven’t already, sign up for the Seeds of the Month Club! It’s a great way to build your stockpile of non-GMO seeds and to try some new things you haven’t planted before!
Five Ways to Build Healthy Soil – Scheiderpeeps
Winter Garden Preparations – Growing Organic
How to Read Seed Catalogs – an agricultural extension professor’s website explaining the terms, codes and other mystifying language encountered in seed catalogs.
Printable Seed Starting Calendar – Common Sense Homesteading
Seed Planning Guide – Simple Life Mom
Planning Your Spring Garden – Survival at Home
A Seed is a Seed, Right? – The Farmer’s Lamp
When to Plant What – Northern Homesteader
Why I Don’t Start Onions from Seed – Chicken Scratch NY
Kick back and relax. Till February anyway.
After you get the soil prepped, the compost pile is good and warm, and your are seeds ordered, you can heat up the hot chocolate and know you are caught up on your January gardening chores. We’ll worry about February next month.