Home > Great Big Greenhouse Blog > January 2017 > IN THE GARDEN with DOUG - WHAT'S A GARDENER TO DO IN JANUARY?


First, Happy New Year to all of our customers.
                So, back to the topic – here are a few suggestions as to what, we gardeners, can pass our time with in January.
  1.  Take advantage of sunny, mild days and walk around your gardens.  Keep a notebook with you so you can write down some ideas as to what you may want to do come spring.  Keep in mind, that this stroll can be considered exercise for the body and the mind.
  2. Think inside for the winter by adding some plant color in the window sills.  Some easy to care houseplants include Kalanchoes, Anthuriums, Bromeliads, African Violets, and others.  Many houseplants are considered “clean air machines” as they help to purify the air that we breath.
  3. Grow some indoor herbs.  In order to be successful with growing herbs may require some additional lighting.  A simple grow light will do the trick.  And you can grow your own fresh herbs in the winter.
  4. In my last blog I mentioned bird feeding and the fact that birding is the country’s second most popular outdoor pastime after gardening.  So, try hanging a bird feeder for our feathered friends.  It is so much fun watching all the birds this time of year.
  5. Get into the tool shed.  Now is a good time to clean and sharpen all the tools to get ready for the upcoming spring gardening season.
  6. Get creative.  Think about making a terrarium this winter. 
  7. Yes it is January and most of us think that nothing can be planted in January.  This is not the case here in Central Virginia.  I just took a soil temperature test and our soil is 42 degrees.  In other words, not frozen.  Only frozen ground makes it not a good planting time.  So, be my guest to go outside and do some planting or do some relocating of existing plants.
Posted: 1/5/2017 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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