January is without one of the coldest months of the year for those living in the Northern Hemisphere. There is often snow on the ground for many people, but even that doesn’t stop gardening-lovers from wanting to start their gardens early.
In fact, with millions of families gardening in the USA alone, there are a lot of people itching to get planting.
But can you really plant any flowers or veggies in January? Whether you are seeding by hand or using a seeder from Easy Digging, is it even possible to plant in the ground? Well, this article is going to take a closer look at that. We’re going to not only look at whether it is possible to plant in January, but if so, what sorts of things can be planted.
Can You Plant Flowers or Vegetables in January?
The answer is that it depends. Whether you can grow or not will depend on a couple of things. It depends greatly where you live, as January in North Dakota is a lot different than January in Florida. The USDA has outlined some “Hardiness Zones”, which is a measure of the highest and lowest temperatures. The higher your hardiness zone (from 1-10), the higher your temperatures.
So in a Zone 10 area, it is quite tropical and you can begin planting much sooner than an area in Zone 1. Another thing you should look at is the last expected frost date for your zone. Generally, it isn’t going to be easy to plant outdoors ahead of your last expected frost date. However, remember that the hardiness zones and expected frost dates are simply guidelines and not a perfect science.
Of course, if you prefer to grow indoors or in a greenhouse, you can easily plant many different kinds of flowers and veggies in January. The only thing you may be limited by is space, which could keep you growing smaller herbs or flowers.
Which Flowers and Vegetable Can You Plant?
So now that you know that gardening is possible in January, what sorts of things can you plant? Well, if you plan to plant indoors or in a greenhouse, you can essentially plant anything you want. However, if you plan to transport from the home or the greenhouse to the garden once it gets warmer, be sure to time the crops successfully.
But if you plan to start your outdoor garden early, your options are a little more limited. If you are in Zones 1-5, growing outdoors in January simply won’t be possible in most cases. However, once you get more south than those zones, and into warmer January temperatures, the options open up a little. Cool-season crops like cabbage seeds, broccoli, root veggies and greens can all be planted in many cases. On the flower side, annuals and spring flowers alike can often be planted and thrive in Zones 7-10.
If you have a specific plant or flower in mind you are thinking about planting in January, it’s a good idea to do your own independent research. Each flower or plant is different and has different needs, and you want to make sure you can meet them.
In conclusion, we hope that this article has been able to show that you can indeed plant some flowers and vegetables in January. As long as you garden indoors, or if your area is warm enough in January, planting in the month is certainly possible.