These 8 seeds you can start in January will give you a garden you’ll love!
The ground may be covered in snow in many areas, but spring will be here before you know it! It is never too early to start thinking about your spring garden, since there are seeds you can actually start now in order to enjoy a spring harvest. Take a look below at 8 seeds you can start in January, and see how to best get a leg up on your gardening plans.
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8 SEEDS YOU CAN START IN JANUARY
Here are 8 seeds you can start in January, so when the threat of frost has passed you can get these seedlings in the ground! Before we begin, let’s take a look at some of the supplies you will need in order to effectively start your seeds indoors. These items include:
- seeds from a reputable greenhouse or grower
- peat pots
- plastic growing trays/seedling trays
- plastic dome or lids to cover the seedlings (to create heat)
- a sunny space that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day
- a sun lamp/heat lamp if you don’t have direct sunlight
- spray bottle for misting and water seeds/seedlings
Leeks are a very, VERY slow growing plant. But the good news is, there are so many ways to use them which makes them beneficial to grow. You can use them in soups, salads, and marinades, as they offer lots of flavor.Since leeks grow so slow, it is ideal to start the seeds indoors during the winter months. You will notice that with nutrient rich soil, they will sprout within a week.
Onions are also very slow growers, so giving them a jump start indoors during the winter months is ideal. Onion seeds prefer a warm start, so if starting them indoors opt for a sun lamp or greenhouse that can offer extra heat.A few weeks prior to the final frost of the season, you can move seedlings to a pot to prepare them for outdoor transplanting.
Would you like to grow your own fruit? Strawberries are one of the easiest and most abundant fruits you can grow. Once you get a crop growing you can enjoy them in salads, smoothies, and all sorts of desserts.Strawberry seeds also love heat, so start seedlings in an area where a sun lamp can be used. Starting seeds indoors may actually help you enjoy a larger crop than if planting directly outside, which is a plus!
Artichokes are quite tasty and can be served as a side dish, grilled, or in salads. Because artichokes fair well in cooler temps, they are ideal for not just starting indoors but for growing well into the fall months.Be warned that you may not see any blooming in the first year, but starting seeds indoors may be able to hurry the blooming process as opposed to planting directly outside.
There are so many reasons people grow lavender. Lavender isn’t just pretty to look at and fragrant, but lavender can attract butterflies and bees as well. It is excellent for pollinators, can also be used in dessert and beverage recipes, and is wonderful for use in homemade teas and tinctures.Starting your lavender seeds indoors in January can help you grow well establish seedlings that are hardy and ready when it comes time to transplant.
Rosemary isn’t just great for cooking, it can also help repel biting bugs. It is an ideal plant for small spaces such as windowsill gardens as well as container gardens, which is why it is a great seed to start during the winter months.By starting rosemary seeds indoors in January, you can grow well established seedlings that are strong and ready when planting season arrives.
If you love to cook with fresh herbs, oregano needs to go on your list of seeds to start. Oregano is a fragrant perennial that can be used in salads, marinades, seasoning mixes and so much more. By starting seeds indoors, you can enjoy hardier seedlings when it comes time to transplant in your garden or even in outdoor pots.
When starting seeds indoors during the winter months, don’t stop at just fruits and vegetables! The truth is you can also start your flower seeds indoors, which means you might be able to enjoy blooms much sooner.Foxglove are a tall, colorful blooming perennial that can be started indoors then moved outside when the threat of frost has passed. You may enjoy blooms sooner, and you may establish hardier plants by starting indoors as well.
As you can see, when it comes to starting your spring garden indoors, you have a few vegetable, fruit, and even herbs and flowers to choose from!
If you are dreaming of a beautiful and bountiful spring garden, consider these 8 seeds you can start in January. By planning ahead, you can be sure that when spring arrives you will be ready with seedlings in hand!