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What to Do in Your Garden in January

Magazine article Sunset

What to Do in Your Garden in January

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* Bare-root stock. Sunset climate zones 4-7, 17: Bare-root plants are inexpensive and easy to transport and plant. Many nurseries and garden centers offer everything from fruits like apples, grapes, and strawberries to perennial vegetables like asparagus. Look for ornamentals too: roses, flowering trees, and vines.

* Hardy perennials. Start seeds of aster, delphinium, hellebore, primrose, Shasta daisy, veronica, and viola in a coldframe or greenhouse. Transplant seedling's into the garden about a month before the last spring frost.

* Order seeds. Local seed sources offer varieties that grow well in the Northwest. Check out their websites or call for catalogs : Ed Hume seeds (www. or 800/383-4863); Garden City seeds ( or 509/ 964-7000); Nichols Garden Nursery ( or 800/ 422-3985); Peters seed and Research (; Territorial seed Company ( or 541/942-9547); and West Coast seeds ( or 604/952-8820). The Port Townsend, Washington, offices of Abundant Life seeds (www. or 541/767-9606), a longtime favorite, were destroyed in a fire; the firm's assets were bought by Territorial Seed Company, which will continue to publish Abundant Life's catalog of open-pollinated certified-organic seeds, including heirlooms.

* Winter-blooming shrubs. Zones 4-7: Scout nurseries for blooming specimens of Camellia sasanqua, sarcococca, Viburnum x bodnantense, wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox), and various witch hazels (Hamamelis).


* Care for houseplants. Rinse indoor foliage plants under a shower of tepid water to wash off dust. Give flowering plants a light dose of liquid fertilizer to encourage more blooms. …

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