Anxious to get your garden started? Even though it’s January you can still start preparing for an amazing spring garden! This post is focused on what to plant in January, primarily for those of you who live in Zones 7 & 8.
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You may not be thinking about gardening in January, but getting started now means you can have delicious homegrown veggies even earlier! It may take a little bit of creativity, but there are some garden plants that you can get started in January.
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What to Plant in January indoors?
When people ask me what to plant in January, seedlings are my answer! January is a great time to get seedlings started for planting in the spring. Why should you grow your own seedlings? Click this link to find out why!
If you live in zones 7-8 the end of January is your time to start onion seedlings. There are several different ways to grow onions without growing the seedlings yourself. However, onions are a great plant to get started in January if you are itching to get your garden started! Onion seedlings will need a solid 8 weeks or more to get to transplanting size. Decide on when you want to plant your seedlings outside and then count back approximately 8-10 weeks. In zones 7-8 that should be in January!
Leeks are another great plant that you can get started indoors in zones 7-8! Get your leeks started now so that you can try our Creamy Leek and Potato Soup recipe in a few months!
Celery is a long season crop and takes approximately 140-150 days of cool weather to grow. So if you live in zones 7 & 8 you will need to get celery started indoors in January.
Parsley is a hardy herb and it’s great to get started indoors in January. Because parsley is hardy it’s the perfect herb to start in the winter for planting outdoors in the spring!
Broccoli is another great vegetable to get started in January. Especially for zones 7-8, it’s important to get broccoli started early before the warm weather sets in. We love broccoli around here, and because we have short springs we have to get it started early!
I like to get my cabbage started early. Look for hardy varieties so that you can get your cabbage planted outdoors in early spring.
Similar to cabbage, cauliflower can be started indoors in January and will be ready for planting outdoors in early spring!
A lot of people don’t love kale, but I think that’s because they’re growing/eating it at the wrong time of year! Kale tastes best when it’s grown in cold/cooler weather, so it’s one of my favorite plants to get started in January!
January is a great time to get lettuce seedlings started. We love fresh lettuce, so it’s on the top of my list of what to plant in January! Leaf lettuce seems to tolerate the cold better than head lettuce does, so I stick with it for my earlier plantings. Try and look for hardy varieties that will be ready to plant outdoors in a few months! Want to learn more about why you should start lettuce indoors? Click here to learn why I do!
Plant Peppers in January (Zone 8)
If you’re in zone 8, you can get peppers started indoors in January and you can start getting excited about making your own fresh homemade salsa!
You can also get things besides vegetables started indoors in January too. You can start geraniums and coleus indoors this month and they’ll be ready for planting in the spring!
What to Plant in January – Outdoors
If you live in zones 7 & 8 there are even a few things that you can get started outdoors in January. Here’s what to plant in January outdoors in zones 7 & 8:
Strawberries (bare root)
Planting bare root strawberries is a great way to save money and if you live in zone 8, you can get started in January! Planting strawberries bare root is a very simple process. You can learn more here!
Asparagus (Zone 8)
If you live in zone 8 you can start asparagus in January! Once your soil dries out you can plant asparagus crowns, but remember that this long growing perennial plant takes 2 or 3 years to get established. Learn more about growing Asparagus from my friends over at Food Storage Moms.
All of the other plants you can start in January will depend on the conditions in your area.
What to Plant in January if the soil is dry
You can direct sow
- Bok Choy
What to plant in January if it’s been a mild winter
If it’s been a mild winter you can get these seedlings started
A reminder that this list of “what to plant in January”, is intended for those living in Zones 7 & 8. Let me know what plants you start in January in your area in the comments below!