January To-Do List

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


Sow pumpkins and winter squashZone 10

  • It's the dry season—water vegetable plants, nondormant tropical plants, and bedding plants regularly.
  • Spray compost tea on roses and bromeliads.
  • Mulch peas to extend the harvest.
  • Sow pumpkins and winter squash directly in the garden; start cucumbers and watermelons in pots.
  • Sow quick-maturing varieties of carrots, broccoli, cabbage, coriander, parsley, and dill.
  • Plant heat-tolerant chicory, lettuce, and Swiss chard in shade so that they stay cool when the weather warms.
  • Snip off flowers of tropical fruit and young citrus to save their strength while they grow; bring the flowers indoors to perfume the house.