When you think of the month of January, starting to plant your vegetables is probably not the first thing that comes to your mind. If you live on the southern or west coast of the United States, you should be okay to plant some January vegetables, but make sure of any impending frosts so you can make the necessary arrangements. If you are unsure of how your weather is going to be during January, a small potted vegetable patch by a sunny window works perfectly.
Vegetables to Plant in January
Tomatoes and Peppers
Tomatoes and peppers are perfect to plant indoors this January. They are super easy to grow and they can be transported outside when it gets warmer. It takes about 6-8 weeks for them to mature. By that time, it should be warm enough for them to take root in your backyard! Another vegetable that you can start this month is an onion. If you’re in a warmer zone, start your plants now indoors. They should be matured and can be transported outside in only two months. If you’ll be keeping your onions inside to cut the tops off so they only grow to about three inches instead of their normal 5-6 inches.
For outdoors lovers, there is a vegetable you can plant earlier in the year that won’t die outright! The Broad Bean is a hardy bean that is able to subsist in less than warm temperatures. The Broad Bean grows easily and steadily and will be ready for harvesting early this year if you plant in late January. If you live in a place that doesn’t get a lot of freezes, this vegetable will thrive in your environment. You can plant it as your first vegetable of the year!
Did you know how easy it is to grow mushrooms? If you’re a fan of mushrooms and love to garden all year long, mushrooms are extremely easy to grow in the winter months. They also grow quickly.
January is the perfect time to start planning for your spring and summer vegetables and flowers. Get out the gardening catalog and plan which seeds you’ll be purchasing this year in advance. That way, you’ll be ready to “sow” when the spring comes around!