The new year is on! January isn’t actually recognized as the best month for gardening. It’s a month when the whole country goes through severe cold and frost.
It’s cold, that doesn’t mean any option for gardening this month. Gardeners in the non-frost areas still can grow winter veggies, flowers, or herbs.
Also, in the freezing areas, there is a good chance for indoor gardening this month. Some difficulties the gardener may face. So, you need some indication.
Also, USDA hardiness matters when gardening this month. Hardiness zones are ranked by the lowest to the highest temperatures during this month.
So, proper knowledge about everything to do or not to do can give you a better result in gardening this month also. Using your sense with our tips may give an appreciable outcome.
USDA hardiness zones 1-5
The areas that come within zone 1-5 are the coldest ones, and in January, outdoor gardening is quite impossible in these areas.
So, go for something indoors, may you get better results. Indoor gardening doesn’t mean to grow some plants for beautification.
Some herbs can be a wise option to grow in January. You can grow some beet greens, mizuna, and pea shoots.
Also, you can work with some sprouts. They germinate very fast; you can try up them by mixing different kinds like radish, peas, etc.
USDA hardiness zone 6
If you are the one from zone 6, then you have a better chance of gardening. Because this area remains less cold than zone 1-5.
But, in this zone also to do outdoor gardening is not possible but has a good chance for indoors. It’s a good time to prepare some seeds to plant later outdoors.
Plant something which grows slowly so that you can plant them later. You can plant some parsley, onion, celery, and leeks. These plants take several weeks to months to be ready to be planted outdoors.
Like vegetables, some indoor flowers can also be grown in January in this zone. Like dusty millers, snapdragons, browallia, etc. flowers can be grown indoors. Make sure they get the proper light.
USDA hardiness zone 7
Gardening in zone 7 is quite tricky, but with good pampering, a good possibility of gardening is there. Like zone 6, in zone 7, indoor gardening may give better results than outdoor.
Start growing some celery, onion, parsley, like said earlier in zone 6. Planting some broccoli, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, and other winter veggies can give a better result.
Start working with some seeds of coleus and geranium as they take more time to sprout. They will be ready by the time for later transplant.
In zone 7 the January weather is quite unpredictable. So, taking advantage of this sow some nigella, larkspur, and poppies as they germinate better in such kind of weather.
USDA hardiness zone 8
Zone 8 weather in January is quite weather friendly. So, gardeners of this zone better gardening options both indoors and outdoors.
Indoor plantation should be like in the same way as zone 7. Some variations in the outdoor plantation of vegetables are there.
Winter is mild in this zone, so you can easily plant some cabbage, broccoli, onions, chards, and other winter veggies. It’s good to harden them off first and make sure the row covers are handy enough.
Also, if the soil is good to work, planting some strawberries would be better. Fruit trees also can be planted in this zone in January.
When you are thinking about growing some flowers go outdoors. Here you can directly sow nigella, poppies, calendulas, and other annual flowers.
USDA hardiness zone 9-10
In zone 9-10, it is a fully gardening, friendly winter. Almost every kind of winter, vegetables, and flowers, whether indoors or outdoors, is possible to grow this time.
Start seeding some melon, pepper, squash, lettuce, tomatoes, and basils indoor as they get ready to harden off, and you can transplant them as earlier as the heat starts.
Outdoors you can directly sow carrots, cabbage, onions, peas, radishes, turnips, etc. and herbs like chives, cilantro, parsley can be planted.
Fruit trees like peach and other hardy items can be planted but not the tender ones.
Start seeding some sunflowers, zinnia, marigolds for later outdoor plantation if you want to grow fast.
Pansies and violas can be planted outdoors. Foxgloves, hollyhocks can also give better results this time.
Katie L. Brown is a garden writer with many years of experience. Writing about gardening and over years of experience working in nurseries. She uses her land and skills to working on new ideas, tips, and tricks to inform you. Currently, Katie L. Brown is the Founder Editor of gardenhubs, leading Garden coverage blog specifically.