January Not Necessarily Bleak For Vegetable Gardens

Kathryn Fontenot, Koske, Thomas J.  |  2/25/2006 12:59:45 AM

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.

January weather in Louisiana is rather cool, dark and bleak, but extension specialists at the LSU AgCenter say that gardeners can still enjoy a fair amount of gardening.

If you planted cool season crops such as cabbage and Brussels sprouts, carrots and broccoli earlier in the season you'll still likely be harvesting from these crops that aren't as sensitive to freezes.

The garlic and shallots planted in October should be doing fine as well as onions planted in December.

If you have available garden space, you can plant seeds of beets, carrots, endive, Irish potatoes, mustard, turnips, English peas, radish and spinach. Or plant a second planting of cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower transplants.  

You also can start transplants from seed in a greenhouse or cold frame for tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, broccoli and cauliflower.

More gardening information is available at your local LSU AgCenter office.

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