Florida Gardening in January

 

January Gardening:

Happy New Year! January has been an interesting gardening month. Yes, it has gotten much colder in Florida. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s been so much so that many gardeners are mourning the loss of some of their precious exotics to the two frosts. I’ve been playing the plant dance – moving all my plants indoors or in a more protective area; and then moving them back out to catch some warm sun. It’s still a time to water plenty. I’m starting to accept the current state of my winter garden, which is a little scraggly and dry.

January 19th marked Florida’s Arbor Day to take advantage of bare-root plantings. It’s a good time to add some trees during a low-maintenance time of year.

I’ve spent much of my month planning another garden for an educational garden at my girls’ school. This allowed me to explore some local nurseries and to understand more about a low-maintenance, native Florida garden.

What’s flowering:

Not a lot in my yard. My bird of paradise just sprouted a beautiful display. My mango tree is covered in blooms that to my surprise survived our freezes. Otherwise, things are looking a little more on the brown side.

What to plant in the vegetable garden:

  • herbs
  • lettuce
  • cabbage
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower

Plant from seed as transplants:

  • tomato
  • pepper

 

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure in the landscape – the loneliness of it – the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it – the whole story doesn’t show.      – Andrew Wyeth

References:

Maccubbin, Tom. Month-By-Month Gardening Florida: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year. Minneapolis, MN: Cool Springs Press, 2014.

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s