This is definitely the quietest month in the Cape garden, but for the desperate, there is gardening to be done. Bulbs that you potted up in the fall and hid under mulch outside can be moved into an unheated garage or porch, and then into the house. Fool them into thinking spring is early, and you can have hyacinths and crocuses blooming from pots in January!
Many gardeners in our mild zone 7 climate can grow winter greens like kale, chard, and collards all winter-long, especially if they’re protected under a cold frame. This is especially effective if the bed is receiving south-facing sunlight and protection from winter winds.
Another favorite winter activity for the garden-obsessed is seed-buying and sowing. Everyone has their favorite seed catalog, like this affordable way to try lots of varieties from a NY-based grower with very reasonable shipping rates. Some sow seeds indoors, but another option, for seeds that don’t mind the freezing (NOT tomatoes and other tender plants), you can make miniature greenhouses out of recycled plastic containers. For those who want to start seeds indoors, late January is a good time to begin.