New Gardening Opportunities in Southern California: While January and the winter weather signify the end of gardening activities in many parts of the United States, it is the best time to plant in Southern California.
Fruit plants: A variety of bare root fruit trees are in nurseries ready to be planted in January. Varieties include apricot trees, blueberries, plums, apples, pears, peaches and raspberries. Give the trees a boost by adding the organic compost plantation mix to the soil to increase soil aeration and maintain moisture.
Add artichokes: Add artichoke plants to your garden. Plant them 4 feet away. They begin their growing process in winter and begin to sprout artichoke heads in spring. These hardy and perennial vegetables can produce artichokes year after year.
Cloves of vegetable garlic: Separate the cloves from a garlic bulb. Plant them with the pointed part on the clove upwards and about 7 to 8 inches deep. Garlic plants will soon take their heads off the ground and grow over the winter. They can easily endure cold winter nights. The new garlic bulbs with their juicy cloves will be ready for harvest in late spring or early summer.
Continue applying mulch to reduce weeds: Each rain (no matter how rare) means multiple weeds in the garden. Weeds seem to go faster than any plant or floral plant. To keep weeds under control, make sure you have a layer of mulch several inches wherever weeds appear. If the weeds are already taking root, remove them before covering the area with mulch.
Field wildflowers: First, rake the flowerbed area. Sprinkle the California poppy and other wild flowers and gently cover the soil. Sow more seeds just before a rain to encourage continued flower production in the spring.
Move living Christmas trees outside: Living Christmas trees should stay indoors as little time as possible. Once planted outdoors, pines can easily grow 40 to 50 feet tall. Over time, their strong root system will spread and can easily break concrete walkways. Make sure to plant your tree in a location that can accommodate such a large tree.
Extend the life of poinsettias: Poinsettia flowers generally remain healthy until March. After March, cut the stems to no more than eight inches in height. By June, new growth will begin. Keep the plant in indirect and natural sunlight and moderately moist soil. When the weather is warm, take the plant outside and transplant it into a larger pot. Prune as needed so that the plant is thick. The flowers will begin to grow in October and will peak in beauty in November and December.
Buy a rain barrel: Do not let the rainwater roof runoff go to waste. Many cities and counties offer discounts for buying rain barrels. These barrels typically hold 50 liters of water, which can be used to irrigate your garden.