forecasters are predicting a cooler, wetter January for southern California.
This makes for ideal planting conditions for many types of tree, shrub and
Buy Bare Root Fruit Trees: January is the month to plant deciduous, bare
root fruit trees. Because the trees are dormant, they are sold without
soil—making them a low cost bargain this time of year. Available varieties
include apple, apricot, cherry, peach and pear. Check with your local nursery
for the trees that grow best in your area.
Plant Berries: Plant bare root berry vines such as raspberries,
blackberries and boysenberries. These berries like cold weather. If planted
now, they could provide a crop this summer. Plant two to three feet apart.
Consider adding a trellis now to support the vines as they grow. Keep the new
plantings well watered. Hopefully, an abundance of rain will do the watering
Prune Roses: Roses should be pruned in January
through February. This encourages the trees to go into full dormancy. It also
enables gardeners to remove "runners" and to shape the rose tree or bush.
Pruning also encourages growth in spring. When pruning, remove all dead and
older branches and any stems growing sideways. You will want to prune so the
stems do not rub against each other (which can cause stem breakage and even disease).
Keep the middle of the bush open, forcing the stems to grow up and out.
Extend Life of Annuals: Pinch dead
blooms on annuals such as pansies and violas so the plants will keep looking fresh longer and
encourage new growth. There is still time to plant these winter annuals along
with primrose, snapdragon, violas and even ornamental cabbage and kale.
Recycle Cut Christmas Trees: Agromin will recycle between 50,000 and
60,000 Christmas trees this holiday season. The trees are cleaned of any tinsel
and ornaments, chopped and then laid out in giant composting rows, eventually
finding their way to farms and into consumer and commercial products in the
form of mulch. In as little as 60 days, trees go from being the center of
holiday festivities to mulch used on farmland, roadside landscapes and in
Quick-Growing Vegetables: Lettuce,
asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, spinach,
onions, potatoes and beets all grow well in winter
Vegetable Seeds Indoors: For those
who can’t wait to start on their spring gardens, cultivate vegetable plants
from seeds indoors in January. Tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, basil and other
herbs all can begin growing this way. Once established, plant the seedlings
outside after the chance of below freezing temperatures has past.
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