Home > Great Big Greenhouse Blog > January 2015 > GARDEN TALK with DOUG - JANUARY GARDENING THOUGHTS - PART II


I hope most of you will try to grow a vegetable garden this year.  It doesn’t need to be large and many vegetables can be successfully grown in containers.  Be sure to involve the kids.  They need our help in learning how to get “dirty” and grow a garden.  If you already have an existing vegetable garden and you are planning this springs’ planting, you want to rotate your crops.  For example, don’t plant tomatoes in the same area year after year.  The reason for rotation is to manage soil fertility and soil diseases.
Speaking of soil fertility…January is a good month to sow a cover crop in your garden.  Later, in early spring, you will till in the cover crop it gives back natural nutrients to the soil.
Another thought about vegetable gardening…if you have space, consider planting extra vegetables this year.  Use the extra bounty of vegetables and donate to a local food bank or organization.
January is the perfect month to have a complete soil test done on your lawn and on your gardens.  This test gives you the base needed to determine what nutrients, if any, that your soil is lacking or out of balance.  In Chesterfield, all local libraries have soil test kits that you can pick up free of charge.  Just follow the simple instructions and send it off to Virginia Tech.  You will have the results back in a few weeks.  You will be glad to have this information and so will your wallet.
If you didn’t finish your pruning chores, here are some shrubs and trees that can be pruned in January:
                Crape myrtles, Buddleia (Butterfly bush), Abelia, Arborvitae, Callicarpa (Beautyberry), Boxwood, Cotoneaster, Eleagnus, Euonymus, Gardenia, Althea, Nandina, and Yews
Don’t forget our feathered friends this month.  Keep the feeder full because our birds need our help in providing them with protein during these cold winter days.
Let me leave you with this quote:  “Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year; for gardening begins in January with a dream” 
                                                                                Josephine Nuese
Posted: 1/9/2015 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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