What to Plant Now: January in the Southwest Gardening Region

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What to Plant: January in the Southwest Gardening Region

 If you’re a Southwest gardener, you’re in the right place. If you’re from somewhere else, click to find garden planning information for your area.

Top 10 Garden Crops for the Southwest Region

Stay on Schedule. Vegetable planting times can change fast in a Southwest garden, so make sure you’re in the right month. Click on the current month below to learn more about what to plant now, anytime.

Successful Southwest gardeners emphasize crops that naturally grow well, which was clearly shown in our National Survey of Most Productive Garden Crops. Choose your favorites from the list below. These crops received the highest ratings from fellow organic vegetable gardeners in the Southwest. Additional options found on the Recommended Crops list are sorted by plant family to make it easier to plan effective rotations 

  • Sweet pepper
  • Cherry tomato
  • Bulb onion
  • Slicing tomato
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Potato
  • Cucumber
  • Summer squash

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

January Vegetable Planting Chart, Southwest

VEGETABLES  

Sow Indoors    

Sow Outdoors   

Transplant  

Low Elevations Only  

Artichoke, globe 

 

    XXX  XXX 
Asparagus      XXX  XXX 

Beet 

  

XXX 

   XXX 
Bok choy    XXX    XXX 

Carrot 

  

XXX 

   XXX 

Chard 

 

 

 XXX   XXX  XXX 
Eggplant 

XXX 

      XXX 
Fennel, bulb 

 

   XXX    XXX 
Kohlrabi    XXX  XXX  XXX 
 Leek  XXX  XXX  XXX   
Lettuce    XXX  XXX  XXX 
Onion, bulb      XXX  XXX 
 Parsnip    XXX    XXX 
Peas (snow, shell, snap)     XXX     

Peppers 

XXX 

      XXX 

Radishes 

  

XXX 

   XXX 
Rutabaga    XXX     

Scallion (green onion)  

XXX 

  

XXX 

XXX 

Spinach 

  

XXX 

XXX 

XXX 
Tomato 

XXX 

      XXX 
 Turnip    XXX    XXX

CULINARY HERBS   

Sow Indoors    

Sow Outdoors   

Transplant  

Low Elevations

Only

 

Basil 

XXX       XXX 

Chives 

XXX    XXX  XXX 

Cilantro  

   XXX       XXX 

Dill  

   XXX      XXX 

Fennel, leaf   

  

XXX   

  

XXX 
Horseradish         XXX     

Marjoram   

  

   

 XXX  

XXX 

Parsley   

  

XXX  

 XXX  

  

Rosemary  

       XXX    XXX 

Sage  

       XXX    XXX 

Savory, summer   

  

   

 XXX  

XXX 

Thyme  

       XXX   XXX 

Good Reading About the Southwest Gardening Region

The Mother Earth News online archives include three decades of homestead and gardening reports from the Southwest gardening region, including these neat stories:  

Resources for the Southwest Gardening Region

Climate factors such as elevation or distance from the sea will influence when to plant what. These links will help you find your best planting dates, starting with extension service recommendations.