The days slowly begin to lengthen in the January garden, though most are gray and overcast. Gardeners take a tromp through snowy woods, then curl up with a book to dream of spring.
What to See
- Evergreens come into their own as other shrubs and trees stand leafless.
- Birds continue to dine on any remaining holly berries and winterberries and visit baths and pools of water that remain unfrozen.
- Stalks of perennials peek out from under a cover of snow or form hillocks in brown and gray garden beds.
What to Do
While the Spotts crew slows down a bit in winter, we still find plenty of projects to do in the garden. Contact us for free estimates on work suited to winter weather in your Indianapolis garden.
- Removing invasive plants and clearing thickets.
- Hardscape projects like natural stone patios and stepping stones.
- Designing your new garden to be ready to plant this spring.
Other Tasks in the Organic Garden in January
- Daydream about this year’s garden. Read books and magazines, sketch out your ideas, and linger over the thought of summer in your garden.
- Broaden your garden knowledge with catalogs. Great resources include White Flower Farm, Wayside Gardens, and Bluestone Perennials.
- Order your seeds. Seek out smaller nurseries and those specializing in organic and sustainable practices. Some of our favorites are Botanical Interests, John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Renee’s Garden, and Seed Savers Exchange.