Snow is on the ground and not a lick of green can be seen, however, it's time to start imagining it. Time to plan our gardens!
First, what kind of garden are you going to have?
Square Foot Garden.
Traditional Row Garden
Wide Row Planting
Raised Bed Garden
And what would you put in them? Now this is where we think of our favorite vegetables and imagine the possibilities, however, I would add a word of caution. If you are just learning to garden then I would suggest that the smaller the garden, the better. It is better to have a couple of good looking cucumber plants that are producing in abundance than it is to have rows and rows of vegetables succumbing to pest, disease, and plain ol' accidental mistakes. When we fail on a grandiose scale, we tend not to try again. I hope that won't happen.
Whatever you choose for your garden will takes lots of research. Is it a cool season crop or warm? What plant hardiness zone do you live in? Shade or full sun? What soil do they need? All of this and more needs to be taken in consideration when planning a garden. If you are planting directly in the soil, then you need to have it tested. If you are ordering the seeds in the mail, then it's time to start looking.
So now you have a glimpse of why January is the time to plan our gardens. So make a trip to your local library, or even a spin around the web, and imagine the possibilities.