The holidays are over and winter is finally here. With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, did you fall behind on your gardening? If so, you’re in luck! There’s still time to plant some fall and winter vegetables. Here are some of the vegetables that can be planted in January and February.

  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Mustard
  • English peas
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Turnips

As you can tell, you can plant a whole garden full of vegetables. January is a good time to start a winter garden. Most people have more time to devote to it and it’s nice to have something to get you out of the house and get your body moving.

All the vegetables listed can be started by seed. Just follow the planting directions on the back of the seed packets. The location needs to get about 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight. Make sure you plant in amended, well-drained soil. Many of the winter vegetables require a lot of nitrogen, so be sure to add fertilizer to the soil and fertilize every four to six weeks after the initial planting.

If you’re interested in starting a winter garden but don’t have a yard or access to a garden, don’t worry. Many of these vegetables can be planted in containers; they’ll be easily accessible and right outside your door. The best vegetables for containers are: beets, carrots, kale, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and spinach. When selecting a container, the bigger the better. Add some potting soil and fertilizer and you’ll be ready to go.

Some of these vegetables, depending on what you plant, will be ready to harvest in only about a month or two. While most people are getting their fresh produce from the grocery store, you can just step outside your door and have fresh veggies ready to prepare. Happy gardening!

Sarah E. Brodd

Sarah E. Brodd is a Natural Resource Agent for UGA Extension in DeKalb County.