Gardening in January

gardening in snowHave a hankering for fresh tomatoes? Or watermelon so sweet and juicy?

Summer may seem like a distant memory in the middle of January (especially for those of us that are covered in snow), but that doesn’t mean you have to wait for warmer weather to start planning your summer harvest.

There are steps you can take now to get your garden ready, so when the warmer months do roll around, you can savor some homegrown goodness.

Winter Garden Planning

So, where do you start?

Every great garden begins with a plan. Planning is crucial, especially if you want to get the most out of your space and time.

We recommend checking out some of our top gardening posts to get you going in the right direction:

5 Winter Steps to a Rockin’ Summer Garden
Paper Gardening: How to Grow a Successful Garden Now
Spring Soil Prep for a Healthy Garden

New for Your Garden

There’s nothing more aggravating than using tools that don’t do the job that they’re intended to do, even worse, break. That’s why we were excited to find these true garden workhorses.

These heavy-duty hand tools are handcrafted of high-quality steel, so there are no worries of flimsiness or bending. Their noticeable quality comes from tried-and-true craftsmanship by a fifth-generation family business in Holland. Here’s a quick glimpse:

Forged Tulip Trowel

Forged Tulip Trowel
The Forged Tulip Trowel works like a trowel but breaks up soil like a fork – great for clay! Click on the photo to learn more.


This weeder has a rocker arm to give you leverage to easily pop up weeds. Click on the photo to learn more.

Gardens come in many sizes and shapes, and container gardening is an excellent option for folks who have limited outdoor space. Check out our newly expanded selection of raised garden beds and containers.

Vigroot Easy Table Garden
Brand new – the Vigroot Easy Table Garden. It’s a raised bed, greenhouse and irrigation system all rolled into one!

June in January Show

Finally, if you’re in the area, you can get a taste of summer in winter at the annual “June in January” outdoor living show. This fun, idea-packed event is held in the heated, tropical indoor showroom of at Buchwalter Greenhouse in Wooster, Ohio and several local businesses will be there, including Lehman’s.

Come get ideas for your garden and outdoor space – admission is FREE! The event will take place on January 18, 19 and 25, 10 am – 4 pm. 

For more information, visit our events page, and happy gardening!


JennyJenny Smith is the editor of the Country Life Blog and the Digital Content Specialist for Lehman’s. It’s not unusual to find oil lamps, canning jars and freeze-dried food on her desk. She is an avid reader, card maker and dog lover. In fact, she is currently teaching her Golden Retriever to not take her shoes. It’s an ongoing battle.

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