Happy New Year! I think I speak for everyone when I say I was happy to say goodbye to 2020. I started 2021 with new goals, for myself as well as for my garden. January 2021 brought both cool and warm weather, and the changing of the temperatures made me reflect on how beautiful each season can be.
January 2021 Gratitude
For everything, there is a season. This month I was thankful for a new year and a new chapter. This month I was thankful to go paddle boarding again. We went through mangrove tunnels that eventually opened up to the bay. It was a beautiful sight and a memory I’ll always hold close to my heart.
This month I was thankful for the loved ones in my life. I’m thankful for human connection. I was also thankful for the little projects I got to do this month, like pulling out my paints again and making key lime pie.
January 2021 Garden
As always, I was also thankful for my little green garden. I’m thankful for the peace I have while I work in it, as well as the nutritious and fresh produce it provides. I’ve been trying to spend more time outside for the vitamin D, and my little garden has been a great place to spend time.
This month I continued to harvest bell peppers, bok choy (until it bolted), tatsoi, green onions, kale, tomatoes, and Meyer lemons.
Some tomatoes were harvested while they were still green because of the cold snaps we were getting. I set them on my kitchen counter to continue ripening.
This season I continued to grow vegetables and herbs. I’ve been happy with the designated vegetable and herb beds. While I also have pots, these beds have been providing a lot for me.
Here’s what was growing this January in hardiness zone 9b:
Vegetables: Beets, bell peppers, bok choy, broccoli, bulbing onions, bunching onions, carrots, kale, mustard greens, tatsoi, and tomatoes.
Fruit: Blueberry, elderberry, honey tangerine, Key lime, limequat, Meyers lemon, Persian lime, and pineapple.
Flowers: Mexican heather, morning glories, mums, roses, Shasta daisies, and sweet peas.
Herbs: basil, chamomile, chives, cilantro, dill, holy basil (tulsi), lavender, lemon balm, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, spearmint, and thyme.
January 2021 Happenings and Shenanigans
In January we were met with both cold and warm weather. I continued to cover my raised garden beds with their designated frost blankets. They have been protecting my warm-season vegetables – tomatoes, peppers, and a few herbs. It’s nice to be able to prolong their growing season through winter.
I do make sure to weigh down each corner with a brick. In previous years the covers have been blown off by the wind and the garden beds suffered some damage.
Interestingly though, despite the cold snaps, we also had some warm weather that caused the bok choy to start to bolt. Welcome to Florida. 🌴
I’d love to hear what you grew in January! Comment below. 😊
Wherever you are in the world, I wish you health and happiness. ❤️
Until next time, Happy Gardening!