Here in Colorado, there’s plenty of areas with snow on the ponds are frozen over. With ski resorts reporting record levels of snow pack, soil and seed variety is the last thing on my mind. But believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about your Rocky Mountain garden once again. My part of Denver is considered to be in Zone 5b, but if you look at a plant hardiness map, you’ll see that different parts of the Front Range are in different zones. Some areas, including mine, seem to straddle between 5b and 6a, so figuring out what to do when can be a bit tricky. That’s just part of Rocky Mountain gardening! After several years of trial and error in my Rocky Mountain garden, here are a few tips for what to do this month in your garden.
January Rocky Mountain Gardening To-Do List
Go For a Walk:
This is the time to take a careful walk around your landscape and see what needs attention. I have some leftover plant material in my raised bed that needs some attention. I know when the weather gets a little bit warmer, I’m going to tackle that area. Additionally, I have noted some areas that will need some extra mulch added in. I’m mostly concerned with my vegetable garden- I haven’t quite dabbled into the florals. As you walk your landscape, consider if there are any holes that need to be filled in with trees, shrubs or flowers.
Check your Snow Loads:
Colorado weather is quite crazy in that it can snow a foot one day and then be sixty degrees the next. With heavy snow fall, it’s important to check the snow load on your plants after the storm is over. Gently brush off heavy snow loads on smaller trees and shrubs. We don’t have any snow predicted in Denver for the near future, but we are known to have snow well into spring around here, so I’ll be sure to check on my smaller plants and give them a little love.
Order Your Seeds:
Yep! It’s time to brew a warm cup of tea and pore over those seed magazines you’ve been
hoardinggetting in the mail. Aside from eating the delicious produce, this might be my favorite part of gardening. I feel like a kid in a candy store! Order now so that you have the widest selection available to you. Popular and new seeds often have a way of selling out quickly, so get those orders in! I haven’t finalized everything I’m planting, but once I do, you’ll be the first to know!
Replenish Planting Supplies and Tools:
Time to take stock of what planting materials you have and what you need, including seed starting mix, seed starter, growing containers, greenhouse and lights, and tools.
That’s it on my list for January. It’s not too bad of a list, but still quite important. Particularly the seed orders- get those in soon!!