January To-Do List

This month's zone-by-zone to-do list.


Apply an extra layer of mulchZone 8

  • Shop local nurseries for asparagus roots, strawberry plants, and fruit trees.
  • Cover root crops still in the ground with an extra layer of mulch.
  • When cold temperatures are predicted, protect transplants of onions, cabbage, broccoli, and chard with a row cover.
  • Sow beets, carrots, radishes, cress, bok choy, and garden peas directly in the garden; cover the planting rows with dark compost to warm the soil.
  • Sow seeds of herbs, such as dill and parsley.
  • Sow seeds of annual flowers (delphiniums, snapdragons, and larkspur are good choices) anywhere you want flowers for cutting or as a background for other plants.
  • Top-dress lawns and garden beds with compost.