State of the January Garden

State of the January garden
State of the January garden

There doesn’t seem to be much growing in the January garden. No surprise there. This is the first year I’ve tried a fall garden, so I didn’t have much of an idea of what to plant.

Beginning the walk through with the herb garden, the only thing in bed 1 is the scraggly mint plant with its ant bed, and a full plot of oregano. I’m planning on getting some Mint cuttings from the plant, then get rid of the ant bed in that spot. The Mint should grow readily from the cuttings. Mint is invasive, spreading from runners. I have successfully contained it in its spot with garden edging and careful clipping of branches trying to root.

Bed 2 has Parsley still growing strong, and two new volunteer Cilantro plants.

Bed 3 has the Rosemary plant. It survived the frost very well.

Bed 4 has only Chives now. The tomato plant died, and we used the last of the garlic earlier.

My onions and garlic are growing well.

The beds I planted earliest for the fall garden are the sparsest in vegetables. I think I planted them too early. I planted them October 15th, and very few plants came up. There are a few carrots and lettuce, and one spinach plant. In the other beds, I have one or two kale and broccoli plants. These beds were planted from leftover seeds.

However, the bed I planted in November is still producing kale, beets, chard, and bok choi. Some of these plants were bought as transplants.

I cut back the Clover ground cover in these plots and it grew back quickly. It took a while to get going, and it needs to be cut back again before spring planting.

The last frost/light freeze killed the Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplants and Watermelon. I have pulled these plants and mulched the beds in preparation for spring planting.

The Broccoli is on its second harvest, with 2-3 small heads growing now. The Cauliflower is just beginning to head. I can see 2-3 heads at the center of the plants. I tried Cauliflower and Broccoli in the spring without any success. Probably planted them too late, and the bugs got them.

The frost also killed the Malabar Spinach. This spinach likes hot weather, and grows through the summer months. We grow regular spinach in the spring, and harvest the Malabar spinach after the spring spinach has gone. I have a lot of Malabar seeds if anyone wants some. It will also come up the next season as volunteer plants. Almost like a weed after the first season.

So, the January garden is a mix of beds getting ready for spring, and beds still producing vegetables. Share with the community, in the comments below, what your January garden is like. Do you have winter crops growing, or have just let the garden go for the winter?

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