January and Planting?

  • January and Planting?

    Posted by DeepSouth on January 9, 2023 at 4:50 pm

    Ok this weekend we planted some French fingering potatoes outside. Today in one tunnel, i planted radishes, yellow wax beans, English peas, and cucumbers.

    AM I jumping out too quick? Maybe not in the high tunnel. But outside it probably is too early for most things except potatoes.

    We are in zone 8b. Southern Mississippi. 30 miles from the Gulf Coast. So our weather is usually warm. With a few days of cold thrown in every couple of weeks.

    What are you guys planting? Or are you waiting?

    Robin66 replied 1 year, 6 months ago 21 Members · 26 Replies
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  • 2NsMom

    January 9, 2023 at 4:54 pm

    I’m just a little north of you–excited to be planting potatoes today! Based on what you guys are doing, I’ll also be planting some peas and beans this week. Thank y’all so much for what you do!

  • DonnaNKy

    January 9, 2023 at 5:00 pm

    I’m in Kentucky. Starting seeds indoors to plant in high tunnel in March

  • Carl

    January 9, 2023 at 6:44 pm

    I have some red potatoes from last year that’s started to sprout. I may chance planting them tomorrow. Today I’m working on a ground issue with my electric fence. I added two more grounds but still no worky. I’ll add another ground and if that doesn’t do it I’ll try putting some benzoanite in the ground holes. If someone has a better idea I’m all ears.

  • Concealed-Kari

    January 9, 2023 at 7:13 pm

    I am in southern Indiana and decided to experiment yesterday by planting some sprouted garlic, ginger and sunchoke both outdoors and indoors.

    I don’t think it is ever too early to get started anymore.

  • Missbee23

    January 9, 2023 at 7:38 pm

    Going to start inside seeds just need to get new setup for hanging lights and I’ll be ready. I’m in zone 6 in illinois, loved seeing your tomatoes this morning that’s awesome

  • eaglelovertx

    January 9, 2023 at 9:21 pm

    Well, you know what I did first thing Sunday! I ran out side and planted my potatoes. If Danny planted his then I am planting mine 😃

  • ThreeCreeksHomestead

    January 9, 2023 at 10:18 pm

    I am in zone 8a and plan to wait a few more weeks and get starts going . I saved nearly all of my small harvest of seed potatoes last year to plant this year. I need to make some changes to where we planted last year due to heavy rain runoff. I mounded mine high as I saw you do and that helped but I need some trenching before the water hits my garden to slow it down. I am definitely excited to get started, Spring can’t get here soon enough!

    • Moew

      January 20, 2023 at 11:11 pm

      I’m in zone 8a also, and I planted my potatoes last week. We shall see what happens

      • Robin66

        January 21, 2023 at 4:07 am

        I have them growing in a corner of my greenhouse. I had some hay there to help keep things warm so I just threw some potatoes there literally. They are flowering now so we will see…

  • Sunflower-Lynn

    January 9, 2023 at 10:35 pm

    I am now zone 3b. Potato’s can go out in March. Seedlings started April for planting out in Mid-June for warm weather crops. Starts for cool weather will plant seeds mid March for plating late April.

  • DeepSouthBamaGRITS

    January 10, 2023 at 6:02 am

    Zone 8b, southern Alabama. 30 miles north of the Gulf Coast. I’m planting potatoes today. I will also plant my onions I never got to plant in Nov/Dec. I am going to try an experiment with carrots. Never got to plant my fall/winter carrots. Will plant them and cover with heavy plastic with several strands of old time Christmas lights for added heat underneath the plastic tent. I have potatoes that have made it thru the Christmas freeze in the black 35 gallon mineral tubs. They are the size of eggs (I scratched back some of the dirt to see them). I had cut the tops back to the ground and put 12 inches of straw/hay on top of the soil in the tubs for the Christmas Freeze. My Cherokee Yellow Wax beans I planted in the fall were doing exceptionally well and producing really well (and were also full of baby beans & blooms) when the freeze came. Even tho covered well with straw & tarped well, they didn’t make it. I will start my sweet potato slips mid Feb (maybe sooner). Some of my sweet potatoes are already sprouting that I saved from last year so shouldn’t take too long to have slips big enough to plant. I will be planting seeds for my starts in the greenhouse to get those in the ground as soon as I feel it’s safe. I feel we will need to get as much planted as we can EARLY this year. Just a gut feeling I’ve got that something really out of the ordinary is going to happen with the weather. One thing that keeps recurring to me in my thoughts is a horrendously HOT, DRY SUMMER, even worse than last year. I also feel & see a very early fall this year with an exceptionally COLD winter 2023-2024. Kind of like going to summer EARLY in the spring to fall in summer & winter in fall. Our seasons are changing from what we know as our NORM. Last year we were about 5-6 weeks ahead of the normal harvests of fruits. I’ve always picked blueberries in mid/late June but picked in May, Figs were ready before blueberries were done & pears were ready before Figs were done. I normally end my fruit season mid/late August picking pears. This year pears were ready in mid/late July. Dewberry & Blackberry season was early as was my muscadines/scuppernongs. Pecans were EARLY EARLY this year and the trees were acting different. Some had lost their leaves but were sprouting new growth. Some trees were leafless while the one next to it was bright green with all new growth in November. A friends 10 acre pecan orchard (where they let me pick up every year) all trees had pecans. Some had nothing in them, some were rotten & some were beautiful & full pecans. This is where I noticed the strange new growth in November. My wild huckleberries were actually in bloom and had baby huckleberries when the Christmas freeze hit. My fig & peach trees were budding out with new growth during the same time. I noticed in mid August my spider lilies were emerging which is the 1st sign of fall…WAY too early for our norm. Also the afternoon shadows were elongated, which happens in the fall. Had a couple of days of Robins between Christmas & New Years. WAY too early for their appearance as they normally come in the spring after the dogwoods bloom. I also saw another strange anomally between Christmas & New Years…a huge flock of Canadian Geese were flying SOUTH…NOT NORTH!! Just seeing lots of things out of the norm for our area.
    I feel we are going thru a tilt of the earth which is changing our seasons. I noticed it the last 2-3 years for sure but more specifically in 2022 and if we are headed for spring in January…when will we have summer??? In the spring?? Things moving more rapidly now & seasons shorter. Just my observation.

    • JerseyGiantChick

      January 10, 2023 at 6:53 am

      So busy with chickens, rabbits, garden and all, keep up the good work!

      I am almost ready with the tunnel, just the last 3 m from the last bed to make by hand. Making those 7 market garden beds was a lot a hard work, but just for one time if I can keep up all the work by myself.

      Sorting seeds, the old one have to seed them all and then select the ones to keep. With or without help, I have to do it all this year to star and make the project work. Eggs and potatoes are arranged, vegetables and fruit must be worked on.

      Now have to go to work, have a blessed day all.

  • FrankieH-Mote_Hill_Homestead

    January 10, 2023 at 10:22 am

    Oh my goodness after I read your post about planting your potatoes I got so excited. I just finished harvesting my fall potatoes and now I’m so pumped about planting for spring. I can not wait to dig my hands in dirt again. ❤️ OH and I’m about to start my cabbage and collard seeds this weekend under the grow lights and heat mats.

    The ball is starting to roll y’all!!


  • DeepSouth

    Community Leader
    January 15, 2023 at 3:53 am

    Wow so glad to see all of you at least planting something. At least the ones here in the south. It is too early for most things but in the high tunnel, i planted radishes, yellow wax beans, and English peas. Let’s see if they grow this early.

  • JerseyGiantChick

    January 15, 2023 at 3:20 pm

    Beans already way to early here, good luck from Germany!

  • FLgarden

    January 19, 2023 at 2:16 pm

    I just started tomatoes, peppers, and basil. I live in Central Florida. They are in a mini-greenhouse. I also sowed a lettuce mix directly in my garden in a corner that gets some shade

  • eyes

    January 19, 2023 at 3:06 pm

    Well January is almost gone can’t believe the speed of time , I’m in South Carolina and my dogwood tree is starting to bloom.

  • SarahKay

    January 20, 2023 at 9:54 pm

    Being in South Dakota I never considered being able to grow in January, however I just found out my husbands coworker has a grow room in their house and grows food year round, a new idea to implement this year I think.

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