Gardening organically means focusing on building healthy soil which leads to healthy plants that resist disease and insect damage. Instead of using synthetic fertilizers which can burn the plants, pollute the water, and don't improve the soil in the long term, organic gardeners build fertile soil with nutritious homemade compost and other organic amendments. This feeds the soil that feeds the plants. Instead of using harmful pesticides that also kill beneficial organisms, organic gardeners attract beneficial insects to prey upon pest insects that cause damage. Also growing plants that are native or well adapted to the local environment will lead to a healthier, more productive garden. And, organically grown food is also more nutritious and healthier, especially for children.
What to grow this month?
Plant vegetable seeds - Asian Greens, Lettuce, Radish, Spinach. LATE JANUARY: Beets, Bok Choy, Carrots, Collards, Kale, Kohlrabi, Mustard, Peas (English, Sugar, Snap), Rutabaga, Turnip.
Plant vegetable plants - Artichoke crowns, Asian Greens, Asparagus crowns, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collards, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Mustard, Onion sets, Spinach