Monthly Garden Calendar for Northeastern United States

Organic Gardening Month-to-Month Almanac

By Amy Goldman

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JANUARY
I've made do the last dozen years with a ramshackle garden fence of twisted chicken wire and frost-heaved wooden posts. Each succeeding crop of trellised fruit lowered the bar until last summer the fence finally lay prostrate, an open invitation to deer. Enter stage two in the life cycle of my garden. A new fence is under construction of sturdy stone and heavy metal. My mason is cold hardy and promises a spring delivery. Unconventional, not foursquare but asymmetrical, the garden will take its lead from contour intervals and the lay of the land. Amy's folly? Or a hope-filled beginning, with a bit of whimsy.

Go Dormant. Do nothing, if you prefer, and remain dormant. There are no pressing garden chores now.

Pantry Perfect Meals. Raid the pantry and make soul-satisfying meals of homegrown origin.

Devour Garden Seed Catalogs. Favor those that have taken the Safe Seed Pledge not to knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. To learn more visit www.gene-watch.org.

Stay Natural. Take the Safe Seed Pledge yourself, by deciding not to grow genetically engineered varieties in the garden.

Healthy Heirlooms. Grow heirloom and open pollinated varieties instead.

Keep Track Of Your Garden. Buy a garden journal and a garden planner and make good use of them.

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