January Gardening Tips

  • Prepare plant beds or seed boxes for growing plants such as tomato, pepper, and eggplant by turning the soil and amending with Lobster Compost.  Have beds ready for planting in early February.
  • Prune any damaged or dead branches from your trees and shrubs.
  • To control insects and disease on fruit trees and other ornamentals, apply Bonide All Seasons Oil while plants are dormant.  Follow directions on the bottle.
  • Dust on the foliage of your houseplants can clog the leaf pores, so wipe the leaves clean with a damp cloth, or a quick shower under the tap.
  • Always use room temperature water when watering or misting your house plants.
  • During ice and snow, cover plants that have buds and open flowers with an old sheet or pick up Frost Cloth at the garden center. Don’t use plastic: It can quickly create an oven effect when the sun shines on it.
  • If there is less than 1” of rain, water.  Watering in advance of a predicted freeze helps plants, especially potted plants and annuals, make it through a hard freeze because it allows plants to take up moisture before the ground is frozen which may prevent the plant from freezing. Do not water when the ground is frozen.
  • If you have ceramic or terra cotta containers that are not being used throughout the winter, be sure to bring them inside.  And don’t forget to protect your fountains and birdbaths.
  • Don’t fertilize. This is a time for garden plants to go dormant and rest. Forcing them to start new growth before the ground warms in the spring not only interrupts this period  when they are rejuvenating but ice storms and temperatures below freezing or even hard frosts will kill tender new growth.