Happy New Year! Welcome to the January 2022 garden update! If you’re new to this site, I like posting monthly garden updates to show what I’m growing. Hopefully you get a little inspiration for your own gardening journey. And if you’ve been following this site over the years, hello again. We’re back. And hopefully this year will be the best year yet!
January 2022 Gratitude
When covid started making its way around the world, it was very easy to have negative emotions of all kinds pop up. While it’s good to be aware and good to be safe (whatever that may look like for you), it’s not good to stay in a mental space that is negative or fearful.
So, I started including a gratitude section in these garden updates. They’re not typically garden related, though I’m always thankful for my garden and the time I get to spend in it. So hopefully you can pardon this business owner’s personal reflections on gratitude. And I encourage you to join me in taking a moment to look back on this past month and reflect on a few things that you’re thankful for as well. 🙏
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – Philippians 4:8
This month I was thankful for the time I got to spend at the beach. January and February are the two coldest months of the year, but I still managed to find some warm enough weather to get my toes sandy and my hammock tied to a couple of palm trees.
This month I’m thankful for time with loved ones. I’m especially thankful for the time spent with my niece who is only a few months old. She’s a precious joy that reminds me how wonderful both curiosity and cuddles can be. 🥰
And I am thankful for my health. This month I had the pleasure of joining a friend of mine as she led an ayurvedic cleanse. It was a gentle and mindful experience, reminding myself and others to pay attention to what we consume and how it makes us feel.
January 2022 Garden
This month my garden consisted of two raised garden beds and pots for my citrus, pineapple, ginger, and tomato plant. My cool season vegetables flourished in my 6’x4′ raised garden bed. I also have a row of warm season peppers that are doing well.
The broccoli and cabbage plants are getting bigger, and the spinach and bok choy have been put to good use. 😋
I also have about a dozen herbs in my 4’x4′ raised garden bed. One of the herbs, basil, is a warm season plant that I’ve noticed in the past can be damaged during a freeze here in Florida, even when its covered. This month it held up, but it’s also a very fast and easy herb to grow from seed. I usually grow Italian Genovese Basil.
I purchased some strawberry plants in December, and this month they started to blossom. The last time I had strawberries growing was back in the summer of 2020. So, it’s been a while, and I’m very excited to have them back!
I also have pineapple, ginger, and citrus growing. The Meyers lemons and tangerines are starting to ripen, while the majority of my limes have already been harvested and new buds are beginning to show.
As I mentioned earlier, January and February are the coldest months of the year here in Florida. This month temperatures actually dropped into the 20s! 😲
My #1 defense against cold weather are these frost blankets. As you can see, I use bricks, pots, and anything else already in my garden to secure them to the ground. They’re thicker than sheets, but still lightweight, providing protection and warmth without crushing the plants beneath them. And I use them to cover EVERYTHING. Pots, trees, raised beds, and in-ground bushes.
Here’s what was growing in January 2022 in hardiness zone 9b:
Vegetables: bell peppers, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, collard greens, jalapenos, mustard greens, spinach, and tomatoes.
Fruit: honey tangerines, Key Lime, limequat, Meyers lemon, Persian lime, pineapple, and strawberries.
Flowers: marigolds, Mexican heather, and pentas.
Herbs and Spices: basil, dill, chives, cilantro, oregano, garlic chives, ginger, lavender, lemon balm, lemon thyme, parsley, peppermint, sage, and sweet mint.
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!