It's January: Time to Plan Your Garden

| 1/4/2018 9:37:00 AM

Tags: January garden chores, garden planning, Carole Coates, North Carolina,

Colorful seed catalogs 

Playing in dirt is a gardener’s delight. We may tend to think of planting early crops such as peas, salad greens, and potatoes as the beginning of the gardening season. In truth, the work of gardening begins long before that, and it starts in the living room or the den in the dead of winter.

Seed catalogs begin filling up mailboxes in early January, if not before. The timing is perfect. Gardeners have had time to recover from the frenzied days of garden planting, maintenance, harvest, and preservation. January’s short and often sunless days make gardeners yearn for summer. What better time to browse the pages of seed catalogs than on some of the longest nights of the year? 

A good seed catalog offers more than just seed--it will be filled with growing tips and inspiration, too. With several catalogs in hand, you can compare varieties, package sizes, and prices before placing your order.

The luscious color photographs gracing the pages of many seed catalogs are almost too much for gardening fanatics to bear. Our wish lists grow long with old favorites as well as exotic new varieties, the descriptions of which are too alluring to ignore.

diagram of garden

1/5/2018 6:23:30 PM

Ah, Tranquilgarden, your process begins with logic while my starting point is dreaming! We both get to the same place in the end, though, don't we? I do the calendar thing, too. Makes the future so much easier.

1/5/2018 8:26:40 AM

I’ve posted my process which is a bit different:

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