Janus, who lends his title to the month of January, was the dual-faced Roman god of gates and doorways. He additionally was known as the god of beginnings because it was generally believed that you just wanted to undergo a door or gate so as to enter a brand new place or starting.
The god was depicted as wanting ahead and backwards on the identical time–ahead in the direction of new beginnings and again in the direction of the previous. It’s an applicable image for this month because it’s a time when gardeners are fascinated with final 12 months’s backyard so as to look forward to the brand new rising season.
If you’re like many gardeners, you most likely hold notes on annual seed and plant purchases, previous backyard successes and failures, and even new issues to strive. It’s a good suggestion to evaluate these earlier than you begin planning your seed and tools orders. Maps of previous gardens will enable you to rotate crops and keep away from overcrowding when planning spacing of plantings.
January is an effective time to begin a backyard journal and even only a file the place you’ll be able to retailer articles clipped out of newspapers and magazines, or lists of concepts you wish to strive within the backyard. A great place to get just a few new concepts is by taking a category or becoming a member of a backyard membership. Most gardeners like to speak about gardening and received’t thoughts sharing a few of their tried and true strategies and merchandise with you. Or apply to the College of Vermont Extension Grasp Gardener program. For extra data, go to ship an e-mail to [email protected].
Subsequent, verify the seeds you saved and saved from final 12 months’s backyard. Discard something that’s damp, diseased, moldy, or in in any other case unhealthy situation. Look over what’s left, and decide what it’s essential order.
You additionally ought to check out squash, potatoes, root crops, and different greens and fruits in winter storage. Though circumstances could have been ultimate whenever you harvested and saved them within the fall, the chilly, moist winter could make that location too moist or damp. Toss something that has spoiled or has delicate spots. The identical goes for summer time flower bulbs like dahlias and gladioli that you just saved to plant this 12 months.
As many avid gardeners have found, it’s smart to plan your seed order with different gardeners. It will assist you to get monetary savings whereas rising a greater variety of crops and flowers. As well as, some seed firms supply reductions or free seeds for early hen and/or giant orders. Simply don’t fall into the lure of ordering greater than you need to use. That’s the place the notes you saved from previous years might be helpful.
If it’s essential exchange a tiller or wish to add just a few new gardening instruments to your stock, begin comparability buying in January. Granted, a few of this tools received’t be obtainable for buy in backyard facilities for a few extra months. However by finding out catalogs and magazines, speaking to mates, and even browsing the Web now, you should have a greater thought of what you need and received’t waste priceless time within the spring deciding what to purchase.
The identical goes for panorama crops. Though you wouldn’t be capable to plant them now, even should you might purchase them, this “down time” in gardening is ideal for planning. Begin fascinated with what it’s essential fill in gaps in your panorama or what new crops you’d wish to strive. It might assist to take a stroll round your property to visualise the place panorama enhancements are wanted or the place you may put in a brand new flower mattress. Take into consideration shade, scents, textures, and shapes. Then scout out firms that carry what’s in your want checklist.
No yard or backyard is full with out statuary, gazing balls, sundials, and backyard whimsies that make the area uniquely yours. Store now for what you’ll want within the spring to decorate your garden, backyard, and flower beds. Use your creativeness.
This January get artistic within the workshop. Construct a bat home or a birdhouse or two. Paint backyard furnishings. Assemble synthetic lighting set-ups for rising houseplants or beginning transplants indoors. Or set up a composting bin in your basement, including a handful of purple worms to flip your vegetable desk scraps into wealthy compost for the backyard.
Different actions for January: go to the Vermont Farm Present on the Barre Civic Middle, Jan. 29-31; begin an amaryllis bulb for spring bloom; re-read a favourite gardening ebook or begin a brand new one that you just acquired as a vacation present.
PLANNING THE SPRING GARDEN AND OTHER JANUARY GARDENING TIPS
Dr. Leonard Perryand
Extension Nursery and Greenhouse Crops Specialist
College of Vermont