A weekly todo reference for those who garden in Silicon Valley. (Click on plant name for specifics…).
Yes it is cold out and days remain short. Still, January here tends to be on the dry side, which is why we find it a good month to do some soil prep, before the rains hit. But as with anything in the garden, make necessary adjustments and remain flexible. Prepare pots, heating matts, and sixpacks for seasonal sowing. Sharpen tools and take stock of amendments.
Plant In The Ground
- Asparagus Roots
- Artichoke Roots
- Jerusalem Artichokes
- Rhubarb Roots
- Strawberry Roots
If not too cold or wet, the following seeds can also be put in the ground:
Plant In Flats
- Bok Choi
- Corn Salad (Mache)
- Endive / Escarole
- Mustard Greens
- Peppers (on heating pad)
Transplant From Flats To Ground
- Mustard Greens
- Prune fruit trees, grapes, roses, and woody / herbaceous shrubs.
- The window is closing for planting bulbs (freesias, anemone).
- Add slow release fertiliser such as fish, blood and bone to soil.
- Do any plant grafting during this dormancy period.
- Consider using row cover to protect plants against frost.
Information presented on our weekly todo pages is for Santa Clara County. A majority of Silicon Valley communities fall within USDA Hardiness Zone 9b, the exceptions (for Santa Clara county) being those who have a zip code of 94041, 94043, or 94089; the folks at these zip codes have been assigned a Hardiness Zone of 10a. Even so, remember that we live in the land of the microclimate: growers in Palo Alto have different concerns and face different challenges than those who grow in South San Jose.
As a result of life in our ideal Mediterranean climate, local growers enjoy the possibility of making use of multiple plantings in a single growing season for many of the veggies we know and love. Those wishing to take advantage of this need to pay close attention to the grow information of the varieties being put in; a second planting of a particular crop normally involves plants with a shorter growing period.
Info presented here has been distilled from a number of sources, the most notable being Seed Savers Exchange, Life Lab Garden Classroom, and Ecology Action of the Midpeninsula, and Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County.