Happy New Year! It’s hard to think about gardening in January when it’s often bitterly cold outside and all the plants are taking their winter slumber. Still, though, for us garden lovers, there’s always something that we can do.
Things you can do in January include planting your live Christmas tree (preferably on a sunny day so the soil isn’t quite as hard) and making sure to water your trees and shrubs if we haven’t received 1″ of rain or 12″ of snow for the month. I know it’s a pain to drag out your hose in the cold, but your plants will love you for it come springtime.
You can also use this downtime to inventory your seed bank—getting rid of old and ordering new. By getting a head start on ordering your seeds, you’ll be sure to get the varieties you want.
Also, don’t forget to set some food and water out for the birds. It’s a nice way to attract some wildlife to your yard, plus if they stick around come springtime, you’ll have some natural insect control—it’s a win-win!