January is the busiest month in my garden.
With our first frost usually falling in early-mid December, and our last frost in mid-February, I have a short season while my plants are dormant in which to prune in the garden. (In fact, we usually only have two or three periods of frost each winter).
With 40 plus trees and a myriad of grape vines, berry bushes, and roses, there is quite a bit to do.
After the trees, bushes, and vines are pruned, they need to be sprayed to fight diseases and kill any overwintering pests. I spray mine with an organic dormant oil made from cottonseed. I may change to spraying them with diatomaceous earth mixed with water sometime in the future, but for now, I still have plenty of oil left to use (purchased with a $25 off $25 coupon from an organic gardening company).
At the end of the month, I’ll fertilize the fruit trees, berry bushes, and roses.
This year, I’m working to finish planting the bulbs that I ordered last year for the garden. I still have several hundred to get in the ground. They had to be in the refrigerator for 10 weeks because of our warmer climate. I’m only averaging to plant 50 a day, so it will take me a bit longer to finish.
I need to fix a few problems with my drip system where I’ve pulled a few lines loose.
While the plants are dormant, I am going to dig up the pomegranate in back that is not getting enough sun and transfer it to a pot on the patio that I purchased last spring. I have been waiting since April to be able to do this, as plants are best transplanted when they are dormant.
I am also transplanting a grape vine that is in the same area to another place in the garden. With more sun, it should do much better. I usually grow snow peas there, so I’ll have to transplant the snow pea seedlings and move them to a new spot in the garden.
I need to plant more cool season vegetables seeds in the garden.
Those things should keep me outside working every day but Sundays this month!