Get a fresh start to the new year and get inspired for gardening with our January gardening checklist.
January is the perfect time to set your gardening goals and make plans for your garden for the upcoming season. Because winter makes your outdoor space look different, look at it through a new lens. Decide what worked in the garden and what did not. Make changes for success.
Test your soil for pH and give your dirt the amendments it needs before you begin planting anything.
Indoors, go tropical. Give yourself an escape this winter from the cold. Houseplants are nature’s air purifier. Cyclamen, pictured above, brightens up the darkest winter days. Consider other easy houseplants in our list below.
January Gardening Checklist:
Set Goals and Make plans for your garden
Now is a great time to set goals and make plans for your garden. See your outdoor space in a whole new light and make bold changes where they need to be made. Get inspired for the upcoming gardening season with a plan for your garden that enables you to eat what you produce and reduce food waste while attracting pollinators as such birds, bees and butterflies.
Add HOUSEplants for color indoors
Because gardening moves indoors during winter, add beautiful tropical houseplants with lots of color. Decorating with houseplants isn’t hard to do and it helps create a zen-like atmosphere inside your home. Try easy-care plants such as pothos, snake plants, spider plants, heart leaf philodendrons and peace lilies. An added benefit: houseplants improve indoor air quality. What’s not to love?
purchase new garden tools
For the new year, pamper your hands in the garden. Buy yourself a new pair of gardening gloves and make a resolution to keep your hands protected while digging in the dirt. While you’re at it, treat yourself to new gardening tools that help make gardening easier. Many new tools provide ergonomic comfort and features that reduce strain and stress on your hands and back.
Winter containers need love, too. Prune winter blooms, including pansies, with floral snips. Read more about Pacific Northwest regional gardening tips.
Start seeds for leafy, cool-season veggies such as lettuce, spinach and chard. Brassicas such as broccoli can also be started this month. Read more about North California Coastal regional gardening tips.
It’s a great time to plant roses. Consider also planting English daisies, sweet alyssum, larkspur, lobelia, pansies, sweet William and other cool-season flowers. Read more about South California Coastal regional gardening tips.
Time to check your houseplants for pests such as fungus gnats and whiteflies. Treat infestations with Neem oil or insecticidal soap. Read more about Southwestern Desert regional gardening tips.
Grow herbs and micro-greens in your kitchen, by a sunny window or under grow lights. Learn more about nutritious and easy-to-grow micro-greens in this video. Read more about Western Mountains regional gardening tips.
In dry conditions, give fall-planted perennials regular water when temperatures reach above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Read more about High Plains gardening tips.
Remove snow and ice from evergreens to prevent limbs from breaking off. Read more about Northern Midwest regional gardening tips.
Monitor your garden for animal damage. Take steps to protect plants with snow fencing or netting. Read more about Central Midwest regional gardening tips.
African violets are among the most reliable of indoor winter bloomers when you provide abundant light. Try moving African violets to a sunny window for the winter or set them under grow lights. Read more about New England regional gardening tips.
Keep an eye out for signs of pests on your houseplants. Try to catch them early and use non-chemical methods such as Neem oil or insecticidal soap spray. Read more about Upper South regional gardening tips.
Start seeds for lettuce, snap peas and other early spring crops. Read more about Middle South regional gardening tips.
Time to fertilize tropical fruit trees, as well as shrubs and lawns. Since this month can be dry, give your lawn and plants supplemental water when needed. Read more about South Florida regional gardening tips.
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