HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL YOU GARDENERS
“Well, the weather outside is frightful” – No, wait, this is not the case in 2020. Here we are in early January and we are having some nice weather and temperatures that allow us to get outside into our gardens and enjoy ourselves with our beloved plants.
I always love sharing the temperature of our soil. As of January 3, our soil temperature is 50 degrees. It didn’t hurt having a record warm day four days earlier with 73 degrees. Another added bonus for this time of year is that we are having some good, timely rainfall to keep our soil moist for our plants. A common gardening question this time of year is “can I still plant?” Because of our current soil temperature and rainfall, my answer to this common planting question is a resounding YES!
January is NATIONAL GARDEN CATALOG MONTH – for a good reason. Winter is an excellent time to sit down and put onto paper some of your garden plans for the upcoming spring season. Spring will be here before we know it. Matter of fact, as of January 3, we are exactly 77 away from the official start of spring (March 20).
HERE ARE A FEW CHORES TO DO IN JANUARY:
- Now is a good time to clean and sharpen all the tools to get ready for spring.
- If you were given some flower bulbs, such as daffodils or tulips, for Christmas, let’s get them planted now and they will bloom for you later this spring.
- Don’t forget that bird feeding/watching is the # 2 outdoor hobby – behind gardening. Keep the feeder full for our feathered friends.
- Spring 2020 flower and vegetable seeds are here.
- Now is a good time to do a soil test on both your vegetable garden and the lawn. Soil test kits can be picked up at all Chesterfield Libraries. Or, we have plenty here for you to take home. Just follow the simple instructions and send them off to Virginia Tech. In a few weeks, you will have valuable information on the condition of your soil and what you may need to do to improve.
- This is a good time to prune some plants – but not all plants. Any shrub that blooms in the spring should only be pruned after it has finished blooming. On pruning, there is a growing gardening trend to let plants grow naturally with unaltered growth. Now, this trend can only work if the plants have enough room to grow naturally.
Whatever the weather and regardless of where you live, January marks the start of another garden year. We made it to 2020. Make it a great gardening year for yourself! Somehow, any gardening disappointments that you experienced last year are vanishing as we look ahead and plan our gardening strategy for 2020.
HAPPY GARDENING!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
PLANT A LITTLE HAPPINESS!!!!!