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Howdy Folks,

I'm repeating my post from 2 years ago, because we have and will have a colder winter this year.  I know I complain about the cold as do others, but the ONE good thing about freezes is it reduces the spring and summer bug pest problem.  Last year's mild winter gave us more pest problems.

Mounding leaves and straw - densely - over precious short plants may protect them even from a hard freeze.

As much as I thoroughly enjoy all the holiday activities, one of the reasons I LOVE living in the valley is that as soon as all the hoopala is over I can actually get really busy in the garden, while the rest of the country is limited to drooling over the seed catalogs.

My tradition has is to plant my potatoes on January 1st, it gives me a jump start into spring-minded gardening.

Right now (Mid-December) is the time to prune your deciduous trees and cut back the asparagus to the ground so they are ready to pop up late January.

Here are the plants you can sow or transplant in January:

Anise
Asparagus
Beets
Bok Choy
Broccoli
Cabbage
Caraway
Carrots
Cauliflower
Chamomile
Chervil
Cilantro
Dill
Fennel, Leaf
Fruit, Bare Root
Fruit Trees
Greens
Kohlrabi
Lavender
Lettuce
Marjoram
Mustard
Myrtle
Onions, Green
Oregano, Greek
Ornamental Cabbage/Kale (Brassica Oleracea)
Parsley
Peppers (seed)
Radishes
Sage
Savory
Shungiku Chrysanthemum
Spinach
Strawberry
Thyme
Turnips
Watermelon

EDIBLE FLOWERS TO PLANT:
Carnation (Dianthus)
English Daisy
Jasmine Sambac (Arabian)
Nasturtiums
Pansies
Primrose
Scented Geraniums
Snapdragons
Stocks (Matthiola)
Sweet William (Dianthus)
Sweet Alyssum

As we start the move into the New Year and while still cool/cold we need to focus on preparing any quiet or beginning beds for the warm weather planting starting in mid to late February and beyond.

The cool weather plants can be sown or transplanted into the garden even into February, co-existing with any warm weather plantings you may be preparing.

Keep the frost covers handy into March as we could get freezes with this El Nino affect into late February / early March, so don't put the protection away until all danger is past.

Enjoy your holidays and also enjoy that fact that we garden while the rest of the country is kept indoors :-)

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Thanks for the reminders, and that is quite a bit one can plant (or start) in January.

Hi Powell, yep, despite the chill a lot of things do best if given that much 'lead up' to the spring and it is part of the last hurrah for winter/cold weather edibles.

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