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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.

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January begins the unofficial season of “waiting for spring.” We’ve put away the holiday decorations and inside and outside both seem a bit bare. While waiting until we can get out into the garden again, we can take some action to make sure the new year in the garden is “the best one yet.”

 

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Carol Michel is a lifelong gardener and resident of Indiana with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture Production from Purdue University.
She regularly writes gardening related topics for Indiana Gardening and on her award-winning garden blog, www.maydreamsgardens.com. She is the author of the recently released book Potted & Pruned: Living a Gardening Life.

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1.) Plan now for the garden beds you’ll be sowing in the spring

1. Make plans now for new gardens in the spring. There is time now to think through a good garden plan for spring and summer. Whether you are a new gardener or an experienced gardener, take the time to map out your gardens. Then you’ll be ready when spring finally arrives.

2.) Care for your indoor plants.

2. Care for your indoor plants. Check houseplants for insect problems and keep them watered. If you find insects, use an organic, safe-for-indoors spray to control them. If your plants look puny or light colored, they may need more light than they are geting from a nearby window. You can invest in supplemental lighting to help them thrive in your home.

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3.) Add fresh vegetables to your diet with indoor grown microgreens, sprouts, and herbs

3. Add fresh vegetables to your diet with indoor grown microgreens, sprouts, and herbs. With good light, good seed, and a little bit of equipment, you can grow veggies indoors in the wintertime.

4.) Inventory seed starting supplies and purchase new items as needed

4. Inventory seed starting supplies and purchase new items as needed. Invest in items that can be re-used from year to year, such as self-watering systems and heat mats, if you don’t already have them.

5.) Place orders now for items that sell out early

5. Place orders now for items that sell out early like grafted tomato plants, to be shipped in time for spring planting. Grafted tomatoes are varieties grown on stronger root systems giving you an overall stronger, more disease resistant plant. If you’ve struggled to grow tomatoes, try grafted tomatoes.

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