Depending upon where you live, you might already know what kind of garden activities you can and can’t do in the month of January (and if you don’t, check out our January Garden Happenings article). So instead, we’re going to talk about garden goals — different things to focus on, create, and appreciate this chilly month. Let’s go!

Garden Season Prep Goals:

Regroup & refresh. Most of us are focused on merriment during the holidays, so come January, we’re ready to get back into something resembling a routine. January is the perfect time to take stock of where you’ve been and where you’re headed, and the garden is no different. Pull out that garden journal and start jotting down notes about what happened in your garden last year, and what you’d like to see happen in 2019. You’ve got a bit of breathing room this month — put it to good use!

  • Take stock. What garden tools and supplies do you have and what is on your wish/must-have list for the new year? January is a great time to look for those garden bargains.
  • Garden Growth. Are you ready to scale up or out? This is a perfect time to start your repurpose and reuse Garden DIY projects! Turn those pallets into a raised bed, that old ladder into a trellis for your vertical veggies, and stock-pile supplies for that perfect she-shed you’ve been PIN-dreaming about.
  • Seed Planning. Now is the time to plan for all of the fun and different plants you want to grow this year. Make a list of your favorite garden staples and any new garden goodies you want to try, and place your seed order. Don’t forget to get any supplies necessary to start your seeds indoors.
Garden Trellis

Garden Chore Goals: Yes, there are still a few!

Get organized. Once you have your goals mapped out, you can get organized with the details. Plan your seed order, clean your pottery, commit to a storage system for your seed packets, and go through your tools and products to determine what needs updating, replacing, or repairing. Come springtime, you won’t have any free hours to organize, and you’ll be glad you did it now.

  • Clean Up. Take care of those garden tools, make necessary repairs, sharpen blades, and oil moving parts.
  • Plant. Throughout the month of January is a time for many zones to plant seeds, these seeds can be started indoors. January is also a good time to plant microgreens on your kitchen countertop to enjoy in winter salads. This is a great way to enjoy fresh produce from the garden all year long!
  • Prune For Zones 9-11. prune off flowers on your tropical fruit and immature citrus trees to give them more energy to grow.
Outdoor spaces
Seeds in Seed Packet

Kick Back and Enjoy Your Space Goals:

It’s easy to yearn for the season you’re not in and curse the one you’re in the middle of. During sweltering August days, what gets me through is dreaming of chilly days with cozy clothes, but in January when it’s freezing and wet? Summertime suddenly seems like a good idea after all. Rather than lament what you don’t have, commit to appreciating the season for what it is.

  • Get crafty. Go outside and cut some winter branches with berries (around here it’s nandina or yaupons), collect pinecones and acorns, and gather up moss. Bring it all indoors to create woodsy and seasonal terrariums and flowerless arrangements, and accent them with battery-operated fairie lights or tealights. Honestly, this is one of my favorite winter activities because it makes my house warm and cozy.
  • Enjoy the beauty of the season. As gardeners, the winter allows us cherished time to rest and regroup while gifting us with a different perspective — when my tree branches are bare, I can better see their form and where I might need to prune later on. Because my perennials are dormant, I can see the form and structure of my garden as it really is and plan for any necessary adjustments. The garden teaches us a rhythm to our days and years — allow yourself to lean into it with gratitude.

Happy Garden Goal Digging!

1 Comment
  • Laurie
    Posted at 17:17h, 23 January Reply

    Hi , I am in California. We really don’t get that cold or wet. Can you give us specific guidelines on what we should do to prepare our gardens. Like in January you should do all the transplanting, in February cutting all the dead branches and opening up the soil . Please give us specific chores that need to be done by certain dates . Thank you.

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