Christina's Corner - January Checklist

Christina's Corner - January Checklist

Newsletter #17



January 2021 Garden Checklist

·        When the Winter winds are blustery, covering large-leaved shrubs with Frost Blanket or a lightweight comforter can prevent frost-burned and shredded leaves

·        Be sure your landscape is well-watered – dehydrated roots and stems can suffer severe damage or even death when temperatures drop below 25 degrees

·        Be sure that your Fall layer of mulch is still in place, as strong winds and wildlife activity can expose the soil and roots of your plants to harsh Winter conditions

·        Sort through your collected seeds from last year, shop for new seeds, and get your plan together for this year’s garden bounty

·        Get your soil tested for pH value and nutrient levels – great soil equals great harvests!

·        Are you starting your garden indoors from seed? Begin with Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplant - they take the longest and transplants should not be put out until late-April to May

·        Other Summer staples work very well if they are seeded in place once soil has warmed in May: Melons, Squash, Okra, and Cucumbers sprout and grow quickly from seed

·        Cool-season Lettuces, Greens (Kale, Arugula, Cabbage, Bok Choy, etc), Carrots, Radishes, and Peas may be direct-seeded in the garden next month, but protect the seedlings from frost