January in the garden is mostly a time for planning and preparation for spring!
For Fresh Color
Spruce up your front porch with fresh flower pots of primroses and maybe a new welcome mat!
For the Lawn & Landscape
Keep bird feeders clean and fill regularly.
- Hang another hummingbird feeder; keep it no more than 3 feet away from another hummingbird feeder to reduce male domination. Fill with nectar (1 part sugar, 4 parts water; heat until sugar dissolves). Store extra in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Dormant spray fruit trees, dogwood trees, roses, etc. for disease and pest prevention.
- Make sure the sprayer is in good condition or purchase a new one that sprays at least 25 feet high.
- Ask us for help selecting dormant spray products, such as Bonide Liquid Copper Fungicide, Bonide All Seasons Horticultural Oil, and neem oil.
Give your living or fresh-cut Christmas tree new life!
- Plant your living tree; add G&B Soil Building Conditioner and G&B Starter Fertilizer or bone meal.
- Scatter cut branches from your fresh-cut Christmas tree over herbs, roses, or perennial plantings for added winter protection.
For the Edible Garden
Look through seed catalogs and notes from last year’s garden to begin planning for this year.
- Take inventory of your seeds—make a to-buy list.
- Stop in one of our stores and see which new seeds have arrived!
In the Garden Shed
Keep a supply of frost blankets, burlap, or row covers for last-minute plant protection in case of another cold spell. Landscape staples, clothespins, or binder clips are useful to keep covers in place.
Inspect gardening tools—clean, sharpen, and oil as needed. Replace worn-out blades or rusty springs on Felco pruners; we carry replacements for many models.
For the Indoors
Replace sad poinsettias with new houseplants. Try a ZZ Plant, Peace Lily, Aloe, or Snake Plant.
Tidy up houseplants: dust leaves, wipe down pots, replace old dirty drainage saucers, and top-dress houseplants with a thin layer of potting soil and/or worm castings.
When the flowers on your Christmas Cactus fade, pinch off blooms and begin a 5-week dormant period—don’t water or fertilize during that time. Around the second week of February, resume biweekly feedings; another round of flowers should arrive in mid-March.
Make a few terrariums with leftover holiday jars and glassware. You will need:
- Small bag of charcoal, sand/soil, moss, pretty rocks
- Tiny tropical houseplants, succulents, or air plants
- Plastic spray bottle to mist plants indoors
Just for Fun
To chase away the winter blues, take a walk and/or explore local public gardens for inspiration (call ahead or check websites for schedule specifics):
- Bishop’s Close at Elk Rock
- Hoyt Arboretum
- Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
- Oregon Garden
- Lan Su Chinese Garden
- Portland Japanese Garden