January 2022 Garden Update

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 Garden Update

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.

Gratitude

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.

January 2022 Vegetable Raised Garden Bed

The broccoli and cabbage plants are getting bigger, and the spinach and bok choy have been put to good use. 😋

January 2022 Harvest

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.

January 2022 Herb Raised Garden Bed

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!

Strawberry plant

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.

Meyers Lemon Harvest

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.

Frosty January 2022

What’s Growing?

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.

Pineapple plants

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!

6 Comments

  1. It’s awesome your sharing Philipians, and words of Gratitude. Both, sorely lacking the world over. I lost my true red pentas to the recent freeze. However, several years ago hurricane Irma dropped weed seeds like I’ve never seen in my yarden and now they’ve gone to their demise!
    Looks like a VERY early Florida spring. Happy gardening to you! Blessings…
    Sheryl Pennington

  2. I’m also in Zone 9B. We went to celebrate my Mom’s 89th Birthday in Texas and got home just in time for the freeze. Unfortunately we had frost while we were gone. That burned all our papayas, tomatoes, loofahs and black beans we were trying to sneak in since it had been so nice. Our Blood Orange was loaded with buds and the Lemons (Eureka & Myers) were setting fruit. Our Mango had it’s first bloom. I work outside the home and get home by dark so I haven’t really seen all the the damage since the Monday morning ice.
    I was so excited to see “My Little Garden” pop into my inbox. Glad you are doing well and your garden is thriving. Take Care.

    • Happy Birthday to your mom! I’m sorry to hear about your plants! It sounds like you have a lovely garden with all your fruit trees. Hopefully your citrus can make a comeback. Thank you for stopping by! Warmed my heart to hear from you.

  3. Hi Candice. Thank you for the reminder about gratitude and I hope you will continue to share those in your updates.

    I am in Florida also and I can never seem to successfully grow anything. I’ve always chalked it up to just not having a green thumb even though I’ve really wanted a beautiful and successful garden. My family jokes that our plants might live as long as I never touch them lol. I’m not giving up though…. I bought your new course and am so excited for it to start. Thank you so much. 🙂

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