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  • January in our garden is quiet and cold. Nothing grows outside but there is a lot growing inside. January is the time to start growing your garden dreams and preparing to make them a reality.

    January is all about the planning, especially if you live in a Northern climate.

    This is the time you get to dream about what you want to grow, and look out your windows and imagine it growing out in your landscape.

    We spend January planning where we are going to build the new garden beds and what plants to invest in. I also plan out what veggies we are going to grow. I go online and find seed companies and request their catalogues. The kids and I look through them and circle things that we like the most.

    Then we make lists.

    We make lists of what plants to move, and what needs built. We make lists of what needs purchased wither it be tools, dirt, gravel or building materials. Then we put the list in order of top priority.

    Sometimes I will spend time drawing out what I want the garden to look like in using linear perspective. That’s when I draw a 3D image on a 2D surface.  You don’t need an art degree for this, just an imagination and a pencil. I try not to get hung up on perfection; I draw large shapes that are approximations of what the plants will look like in the high growing season. If I am really motivated I color it in.

    In January we put in our seed order and celebrate when it arrives.

    We can’t move on to springtime gardening without our plan and seeds. We need the seeds in hand so we know what to start early in the greenhouse and the supplies we will need to get them started.

    Why should you order seeds from a reputable seed company? Why not just buy them off the rack at your local big box store?

    The bottom line is that cheap seed is actually more expensive.  Seeds from a reputable seed company save you time and money in the long run because the plants are more likely to grow and be healthy.

    If you want to learn more about why that is you can read more about it here.

    We just got our seed order for the year and we are so excited!

    Take a peek in our box and see what we got. The hopes are high, the excitement is growing.

    I try to pick out varieties and plants that I know we will eat.  My family can be picky so I know not to spend money on a ton of items that no one will enjoy or eat.

    We keep our seed order simple and sweet. It came in the other day and now we can move on to the next stage of our garden prep, planning our greenhouse shelves.

    I am not affiliated with High Mowing Organic Seed, we just love them and have used them for years. There are many other awesome seed companies out there to choose from. If you want a list go here and scroll down to the bottom of the post.

    January check list.

    • Make a list of what you want to grow
    • Do a tool inventory and see what you need or need to replace
    • Contact seed companies and get their catalogs
    • Spend some time trying to visualize your garden as its growing
    • Pick out your varieties of vegetables you want to buy and price out your budget
    • Put in your order
    • Plan for any structures you need to build, garden boxes, compost ect. and make a budget


    1. February 15, 2019 / 2:52 am

      Love the inspiration that this gives me! I need to get to planning! Spring can’t come soon enough around here, so much mud!

      • pinetreefarmhouse
        February 17, 2019 / 10:19 pm

        I am so glad you were inspired! I am normally working on garden projects outside already but we just got tons and tons of snow. I couldn’t agree more about spring needing to get here soon.

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