January may seem like the time of year when there is the least gardening to do, but there are actually quite a few that can be planted now, including a few things that January is the best month for. Bare root plants such as fruit trees, pecans and roses need to be planted during the dormant season, and right now is the best time to get them in the ground. Container crops can be planted all year round and are easier to get established, but there are cost savings by choosing barrods plants.
It is also a good time of year to plant onions, asparagus and other winter vegetables such as kale, spinach, cabbage, beets, Brussels sprouts, carrots and lettuce. And soon it’s time to put potatoes, around February. So take advantage of some of the lovely weather days that we have through the winter and get some food planted!
Some of the popular fruit trees that can be grown in the Concho Valley include apples, pears, peaches, plums, apricots and pomegranates. Visit https://tomgreen.agrilife.org/horticulture/ for a list of recommended varieties. Fruit trees need well-drained soil, so plant in a large raised bed if the soil is heavy and a one-foot deep hole does not drain within 24 hours.
Visit https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/vegetable/ for help growing vegetables. Check out the fact sheets on asparagus, onions, potatoes and cabbage crops. Onions are biennial, so if started with seeds, it takes two years to produce a good-sized onion. Transplants, also called onion sets, are a great way to grow full-size bulbs in one season instead of two years. Onion sets can be found in local nurseries, via mail order catalogs and online. Choose short-day varieties for planting in the south – some examples include Granex, Crystal White and Red Burgandy.
Asparagus is one of the few perennial vegetables, and once established, they will continue to produce delicious skewers for harvest each spring and fall for years to come. Buy two-year-old crowns from a local nursery, and plant a permanent spot in the landscape instead of a kitchen garden plot that will be grown regularly. Let grow without harvesting for a few years to develop a strong root system.
Join us for a lunch N Learn session entitled “Roses 101” and discuss rose selection, planting and care. Roses are beautiful landscaping plants, and although some can be picky and difficult to care for, many are very hardy and easy to grow. Learn about earth-friendly and old-fashioned roses that are low-maintenance and hardy in West Texas. Teamed by People / Plant Connection, the class will be held at 416 South Oakes St. in San Angelo on Friday, January 14 at 12.00 To reserve a seat, call Susan at 325-656-3104.
Allison Watkins is the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent for Horticulture in Tom Green County. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.