Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 5-6

January 1 to January 31-- Discover what you should be doing right now. Our experts share gardening advice, techniques, news, and ideas to make your garden the best ever.

Here’s what’s happening in your gardening region:

January - the start of the new year. Do you have plans for a new garden area this year or maybe you want to add some of the new plants that Burpee has for you to order this year. While the snow flies and January temperatures keep you indoors, use your time to decide what to do in the garden this year.


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Your Regional reporter

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Kate is an avid veggie gardener and writer.
She is a board member of the Garden Writer's Association. She authored 2 books: The Downsized Veggie Garden (Feb 2016) and New York & New Jersey Month by Month Gardening is due out Aug 2016.

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1. Plan a new garden

Everyone has to start somewhere with gardening and Burpee Advice Center has lots of articles to help you. Check out the list at the bottom of the main page to get a list of all the articles or put a topic in the search box to find a specific topic. There is something for every type of garden you are thinking of starting this year:

2. Great new varieties for the vegetable garden

Each year there are new varieties introduced to the catalogue. Sometimes these are varieties that have improved resistance to a virus, sometimes it is a dwarf variety and sometimes just a fun color or shape. Check out all the new varieties on the landing page and throughout the web site.

  • Carrot, Purplesnax Hybrid, , large
  • Cauliflower, Depurple Hybrid, , large
  • Fig, Texas, Ever-bearing, , large

3. Learn how to grow in containers

Not everyone has acres of land where they can grow both flowers and vegetables but you will be surprised about the amount of produce and color that you get from just a few containers.

4. Container sized combos

With so many small varieties you can grow a mix of flowers or vegetables in your containers – or mix them together. Check these container collections:.

  • Patio Edible Plants Collection, , large
  • Herb Collection, Culinary Classics, , large
  • Astilbe, Younique Collection, , large

5. Get seeds started early with extra light

Seeds for perennials and early vegetables can be started very early in the year, but they need some extra light to grow healthy and strong. A windowsill is great but sometimes you still need some extra light. Check out the selection of lighting options that we have.

  • The Glow N Grow Light Garden, , large
  • Ratchet Hook Light Hanger 2/pk, , large
  • Ultimate Grow Light, , large