January To-Do List


Happy New Year! I hope that you had a great holiday season.

It’s time for those glossy seed catalogs to arrive. Let the dreaming begin!

Here’s what my gardens look like now.

DSCN5745turnip seedlings

The shed bed has daikon radishes, garlic, mustard greens, spinach, and a volunteer from the collards that I planted last year. A row of turnips planted right after Christmas are sprouting.

DSCN5749  Florida winter vegetable garden

The large garden is coming along nicely; it has loved the recent showers. The second picture is a closer view of the greens. They are doing so well!

I just planted some Danvers half-long carrots, red-cored Chantenay carrots, and radishes in the wide rows pictured.

I love taking a colander out there in the evening and harvesting greens for dinner. So nutritious and yummy!

growing turnips in Floridabolting pak choi

Turnips planted in the fall are growing well, and we ate our first harvest of them on Christmas Day.

The weather has been warm lately. That, combined with the showers has helped much of the garden, but the pak choi has started to bolt.

January and February seem to be the coldest months in North Florida, so maybe that will slow them down a bit. I did snip off the flowers, buds, and harvested some leaves to go with supper tonight, maybe that will help too.

My to-do list:

1. Plant sugar snap peas.

2. Sketch out plan for spring garden.

3. Organize seeds.

4. Enjoy lots of greens!!

Are you snowed in or are you gardening? Either way, it’s always a great time to peruse seed catalogs and dream. Look for a Florida raised bed garden update soon, as well as a tip for saving money and eating healthy too!

Happy gardening!


6 responses »

  1. Your gardens are looking good.

    The weather has been unseasonably warm, for sure. Three of my peach trees are in bloom. Not good; however, I personally love this weather. Wish it would just coast on through into spring without nary a frost.

    Some of my radishes are bolting right now but the cabbages, broccoli and cauliflower are looking amazing. It’s going to be a good harvest.

    • It is this warm weather that makes me think about starting some tomatoes and peppers. I know the coldest is yet to come, but I can’t help considering it. I have noticed marigold, cleome, and tomato volunteers in the garden so I know they would germinate if I tried to start them early. Having my garden busy with other crops helps rein me in a bit. 🙂

    • I’m so glad you found me! North Florida is a wonderful place to garden. It’s pretty chilly now, but soon it will be time to start some seeds! I love how I can garden all year long.

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