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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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Thought winter winds are blowing, the days are slowly getting longer and before long, we’ll be back out in our gardens. But before that day comes, we must still get through January, traditionally a month to stay indoors. For every gardener, there are some things you can do to keep your resolution of making this next season’s garden 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, She is the author of the recently released book Potted & Pruned: Living a Gardening Life.

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1.) Make plans now for new gardens in the spring.

1.Then once spring arrives, whether you are a new gardener or an experienced gardener, you’ll have a plan. You’ll be outdoor

2.) Tend your indoor plants.

2. 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 get from a nearby window. You can invest in supplemental lighting to help them thrive in your home.

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3.) Add fresh greens to your diet.

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

4.) Take inventory of seed starting supplies and purchase new items as needed.

4. 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.