What to Grow in January

If one of your new year’s resolution is to grow your own, you don’t need to wait until spring to start a garden!  You can start slowly sowing and planting a few vegetables before the warm weather activity frenzy. There are still not many vegetables that can endure these cold and short days, but it can be a great way to get a handle on things.

 

Here is the Greenius list of veggies to grow in January to start the year in the best green way:

 

Carrots

Carrot

You can start sowing early varieties of carrots now.  They will take about 3 weeks to show themselves and the first leaves look like grass. Maintain moisture with light regular watering. Harvest in 3-4 months.

Cabbage

Cabbage

Sow now in seed trays and transplant them in the garden in 4-6 weeks.  There are many varieties of cabbage, so if you love them you can have cabbage growing all year round.

Radishes

Radish

Some of the easiest vegetables to grow, radishes can be sowed anytime of the year.  It’s also a great choice for a child’s first garden, as seedlings show up in a couple of days.

Shallots

shallot

Easy to grow and very productive, it’s a good idea to save a little space in our garden for shallots. After harvest you should save the thickest and healthiest bulbs in order to save seed for the next crop.

Beetroot

beetroot

You can sow seeds directly into the ground at 2 cm depth. It’s best to to soak the seeds in water a couple of days earlier to promote germination. When the first leaves emerge, it’s time to thin the plants to give more space for the remaining plants to grow smoothly. Protect them from harsh frosts.

Peas

peas

Peas tolerate low winter temperatures, even standing frost, and it’s a crop that adapts to the needs of each area. A ground without excess moisture will do you wonders to this crop so it’s best watering when the weather is dry, especially if the plant already has flowers and pods.

Indoors

Tomatoes

tomato

If you are lucky enough to have some space indoors for seeds (or better still, a greenhouse), you can start your summer tomatoes from seed, and transplant them later to your garden.

 

Sweet peppers

sweet pepper

Same as tomatoes, this solanaceae plant can be started from seed now in a warm space. Then they must be exposed gradually to outdoor conditions, starting from a sheltered porch, a shady spot or a mini greenhouse, in a process known as “hardening”.

 

 

What are you growing in your garden or greenhouse at the moment? Last month, we planted some garlic, peas and onions, and we are thinking of adding some carrots soon maybe (last year’s harvest wasn’t that great). To see what’s in our plot right now, click here!

Happy New Year gardening!!