Garden Tasks for January

January is typically a slower garden month however there are some garden tasks you should be completing.

winter garden tasks

  • If you had a living Christmas tree it’s time to move it outside and replant it. Leaving a living tree inside for too long can damage the tree’s health.
  • 2010 seed and plant garden catalogs have arrived or will be arriving soon. Order your faborite seeds and plants soon after getting your catalogs since popular varieties may sell out.
  • Jot down your garden plans for spring 2010 and make sure you work in some crop rotation.
  • If you’re planting evergreen shrubs (like azalea or early rhododendrons) shop now.
  • If you haven’t yet, snag a 2010 garden calendar. I got the Fresh Picked calendar this year, which is pretty but not full of gardening tips. If you’re looking for a more tip based calendar check out Farmer’s Almanac for some great options for 2010.
  • Some cold weather annuals are still available such as  snapdragon, sweet pea, iceland poppy, pansy, candytuft, and more.
  • Bare root plants can be planted – think artichokes, blueberries, roses, vines, grapes, plums, asparagus, rhubarb and the like.
  • Don’t ignore your holiday gift plants.  Plants such as amaryllis should be indoors but in an area that’s well-lighted and water regularly. water regularly. After blooms fade azaleas, cyclamen and other hardy plants can be set outside in a protected area.
  • Prune dormant shrubs, fruit trees and roses. Do not overly prune citrus trees though. Some experts suggest not pruning citrus at all because they need the dense leaves to shade fruit from the sun. On the flip side, other experts agree that some citrus tree pruning (pdf) is perfectly safe and necessary. Citrus is a type of tree I have zero experience growing and tending so the best advice I have on the prune or not to prune debate is to speak with your local extension office and see what other people in your area do for healthy citrus trees.
  • Here in Oregon we’ve had some bizarre alternate freezing and warm days. If this happens too much your perennials may push out of the ground due to freeze-thaw-freeze-thaw issues. If you see this happening, push your perennials carefully back into the soil so the exposed roots stay protected.

    If you’ve completed all your garden tasks why not try a fun winter garden project?

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