To accompany my video What to sow in January – 7 Easy to grow crops I’ve made a resource list with links to the varieties discussed.
I was asked to make a video to answer what can I sow in January? Therefore, here are some of the veg seeds to sow in January for continued harvesting throughout the year. In the video I also include some gardening tips for January.
If you wonder which seeds to sow in winter in UK or what vegetables can I plant in January, here are a few ideas. Where you live in the country is going to make a huge difference to what you can sow. And also whether you have access to a warm growing space, like a heated greenhouse, will also make a difference. But there are some seeds that you can sow into a cold greenhouse or cold frame. To clarify for context, we live in the equivalent of US Hardiness Zone 8b. You will need to adjust sowing times to reflect the area in which you live.
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Veg seeds for January sowing under cover or with some warmth.
Broad bean The Sutton
Aubergine Listade de Gandia These will need some heat. Start these in a heated propagator.
Carrots Amsterdam Forcing
Cauliflower All The Year Round for a summer crop of cauliflower heads.
Onion seeds Various These will need some heat. Start these in a heated propagator.
Shallot seeds Various These will also need some heat and can be started in a heated propagator.
Peas Kelvedon Wonder
Kale Red Russian
Mustard leaves Red Frills
Corn salad Lambs Lettuce
A basic cold frame is easy to make. Use 4 pieces of wood fixed together in the corners with a sheet of glass or rigid plastic over the top of it. Alternatively, you can use pieces of twin wall polycarbonate sheeting. This is usually enough to offer some shelter to seedlings of hardier varieties and veg plants in winter.
Each month I publish a video guide of what to sow in that particular month. I have also compiled an at-a-glance guide with links of where the seeds can be purchased (as at January 2020). I have listed seed sources for UK. At Byther Farm we grow most of the fruit and vegetables we need to feed our small family each year. I also run a small veg box scheme. Although we garden on a large area of approximately half an acre, the same seeds can be sown in any size garden.
In addition, a full list of all the productive plants, fruit, vegetables and herbs is on the page what we grow.
About the author of this article – What to sow in January
Liz works full time on the homestead, Byther Farm, and as a content creator in various media. Her love of gardening started as a small child, but blossomed when she left home. In her own garden, she found joy in propagating plants and growing food for her family. At her happiest when pottering in the garden, Liz now manages the half acre fruit and vegetable gardens and food forest which includes many of these fruits and vegetables that grow in shade. Her first book, Grounded – A Gardener’s Journey to Abundance and Self-Sufficiency is published in February 2021. She is currently writing her next book.