January Not Necessarily Bleak For Vegetable Gardens

Thomas J. Koske  |  12/22/2005 11:44:58 PM

You can be an active gardener even in January by planting various seed varieties for your cool-season crops. Cabbage is one of the possibilities.

News You Can Use For January 2006

January in Louisiana is rather bleak, but LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske says we still can enjoy a fair amount of gardening.

You might see beets, carrots, turnips, radish, mustard, collard, cabbage, brussels sprouts, English peas, onions, shallots, garlic, parsley, cilantro, spinach, lettuce and endive popping up from the ground.

"Now, that is quite a bit of vegetables for a garden at this time of year, but this is possible, especially in the southern half of the state," Koske says.

In January you also can plant seeds of beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, endive, Irish potatoes, mustard, turnips, English peas, radish and spinach.

You also can start transplants from seed in the hot house for tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, broccoli and cauliflower. If you have well-developed transplants of onions, green shallot and brussels sprouts, you can set those out in January, too.

More gardening information is available at your local LSU AgCenter office. In addition, look for lawn & gardening and Get It Growing links in the LSU AgCenter Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com.

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On the Internet: LSU AgCenter: www.lsuagcenter.com/
On the Internet: www.louisianalawnandgarden.org

Source: Tom Koske (225) 578-2222, or tkoske@agcenter.lsu.edu

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