Monthly Garden Calendar for Northern Tier United States

Organic Gardening Month-to-Month Almanac

By Debby Flowers

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JANUARY

This month, take time to dream about your garden and thumb through all the new seed catalogs that are arriving in your mailbox. What else can a northern gardener do to keep busy in January? Here are a few ideas:

Recycle Your Christmas tree. Many communities have programs to shred trees to make a useful mulch that the public can get free or at a low cost in the spring.

Care for Poinsettias. Cut back your holiday plant and provide water and moderate amounts of organic fertilizer until next fall. Starting October 1st, it must have total darkness from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily.

Get Creative With Gardening Projects. Build birdhouses and birdfeeders, planters, or seating for the garden.

Get Educated About Gardening. Have you been thinking about becoming a Master Gardener? This could be the year to do it. Give your local County Extension Agent a call to check out when classes are held in your area.

Have a Project Planning Session. Evaluate last year's garden. What do you need more of? Less of? For help, visit your local library. There are many wonderful flower and vegetable gardening books available as well as back issues of our favorite magazine, Organic Gardening!

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