Don't put away your gardening accessories just yet. There are plenty of winter vegetables to grow in January for salads and side dishes. When we think of winter, we think of greens and herbs. Here are plants that will grow in January with the proper care:
- Broad beans
- Peas and pea shoots
- Onions, spring onions and shallots
- Winter lettuce
- Lambs lettuce
These hardy plants can handle cold conditions; but don't wait too long to plant them. This includes spring flowers. Some spring bulbs, including tulips and daffodils, are easy to plant in January and can handle the frigid temperatures between 35 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Just remember, they require at least 14 weeks outside to successfully grow.
Winter veggies in the garden will need to stay protected from deer and other wildlife as the season progresses. Wildlife are out-and-about scouting for food; and they will devour winter crops they see along the way. Keep deer management techniques, such as fencing, in mind this season - especially as you move into the spring gardening season.