Ah, a whole year of gardening is ahead of us. January is the best time to pause, reflect on and prepare for a year of incredible gardening. OK, tired of reflecting? Here are a few winter tips to keep you bust this January!


Things to do in the garden this January:

Ward of those winter blues with a hearty helping of green gardening thoughts.

1) Dream Big:

Plan or rework your garden design. Pin inspiration, flip through gardening magazines and daydream ways to make your garden even better. Illustrate your garden plan to visualize the entire space.

2) Plan Small:

Make a list of organic edible and flower seeds to grow. Get the most out of seen starting by growing unique varieties, heirlooms and expensive grocery store plants. See what seeds to start indoors and when to plant them.

3) Listen to the songbirds:

Nothing livens up a dreary, wintery day like a flock of fluttering birds. Fill feeders with tasty seeds this winter.

4) Take a look:

Walk around your house and garden with a notebook. Imagine how you could reduce water usage, recycle more, compost or conserve energy. Each week in January, try one idea to see what works! Start by recycling a Christmas tree.

5) Clean it up:

Gather your trusty garden tools and give them a good scrub. Rinse off the dirt, sharpen the blades and rub vegetable oil on the metal.

6) Taste the summer flavors:

Get your green thumb back in the potting soil. Start an indoor herb garden to harvest a garden taste on the coldest of winter days. These are some of the herbs that do best indoors:

Mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, lemongrass, chives, and bay.

Place indoor herbs in the sunniest spot possible. They love natural light and need at least 4 hours of sun every day. Keep herbs warm by avoiding chilly windows.

Here’s to a home filled with fresh herbs, the sweetest song of birds and a stack of gardening magazines. January is looking quite charming after all!