Sowing Guide: What to Plant in January
Sowing Guide: What to Plant in January
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Sowing Guide: What to Plant in January

When it comes to cultivating flowers or vegetables, Spring and Autumn tend to be to the ideal time for growing and sowing most things. 

However, if you wish to start the year by taking care of your garden and saving money by growing your own vegetables, then there’s no need to wait January can also be a great time to prepare for a new growing year.

Our Sowing Guide: What to Plant in January, includes everything you need to know about the ideal seeds to plant this month, which are listed down below, courtesy of our garden experts.

Ideal Vegetables to Plant in January


When growing vegetables, anything you plant in January is sure to be harvested from around mid-Spring, though some may take a bit longer until the beginning of Summer.

Keep in mind that it takes time and patience to grow vegetables ⁠— but it sure is rewarding once they are harvested.

In cold climates like the UK, some vegetables can only be planted in January, and reasonably expect a good harvest. You can plant the following vegetables down below:

  • Beets
  • Broad beans
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Turnips

Note: Normally, most of these veggies are left until February before planting. Starting earlier is no problem, and expect your harvest will likely still have a successful outcome.

Additionally, to improve their chances a bit more ⁠— sowing the seeds under a transparent garden cloche will do the trick. This procedure will also provide them with more than enough protection.

General Care


  • Prep seedbeds and cover them with clear polythene or cloche to warm up the soil before sowing.
  • Work in organic matter to enhance the drainage of hefty soils.
  • To avoid compacting the soil, work from a plank of wood rather than treading on the bed when the soil is wet.
  • Use egg boxes for potato chitting next month.
  • Plan a rotation system for veggie plots, making sure that the same crops won’t be grown in the same beds next year. This will help prevent spreading disease as well.

Ideal Flowers to Plant in January


Flowers are a bit sturdier than vegetables, so planting them directly into the soil outside will only cause them some damage. 

To prevent any harm to your future flowers, it is best to plant the seeds in pots indoors with clear access to sunlight through the windows ⁠— giving them the best possible chance in life.

A greenhouse can also be a perfect investment if you have enough outdoor space, and if you wish to get more serious about your gardening career. Considering purchasing one, the outdoor building will provide sturdy protection and shelter against wildlife and the ravages of the weather.

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Listed down below are the following ideal flowers you can sow this month:

  • Sweet peas
  • Dahlias
  • Petunias
  • Iceland poppies
  • Coleus
  • Delphinium
  • Begonias

Sowing and Planting: Fruits


This month is considered as the middle of the dormant season, when bare-rooted trees and shrubs can be planted.

Moreover, it is vital to choose a spot with well-drained soil when planting bare-root trees and bushes. With that, if the soil isn’t frozen, they can then be planted.

Tip: When planting, ensure to dig in garden compost or manure and a small handful of fertilizer. Also, consider submerging in a bucket of water for an hour or so to give the plants a good soaking.

General Care


  • Keep on checking the stored fruits and immediately remove the rotten ones.
  • Make sure that tree stakes and ties are firm and sound.
  • Only harvest citrus fruits once matured.
  • For even bud-break, lower indoor grapevine stems.
  • Do winter washes to fruit trees and bushes.
  • Sprinkle some sulphate of potash to all fruits, including nuts.

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