Sunday, December 23, 2018

Geranium CPR

I brought my geraniums "in" this year so that I wouldn't have to replace them in the spring, but unfortunately, I left them in the breezeway too long, I think.

I don't know they'll come back but I'm going to give it a try.

We've had a relatively warm fall in southeastern Connecticut but Thanksgiving Day dropped to a record-setting 21 degrees and the geraniums were ignored.

I'll let you know if they bounce back after a little care indoors.


Saturday, December 22, 2018

Winter Solstice Meets Winter Sowing

First day of winter a/k/a the Winter Solstice is when I typically begin my winter sowing for the season.

I've had very good success with this in the past and it saves me A LOT of room in the basement under my grow lights.

I start all my "greens" this way (spinach, lettuce, kale, for example) and my flowers that benefit from the freezing/thawing process that winter sowing provides (morning glories).

Large seeds (beans) tend to rot and heat-loving seeds (tomatoes, peppers) never sprout.

If you want to read more about winter sowing, this is an excellent source!  Trudi Davidoff got this thing going and she remains the expert on the subject, in my opinion.

If you've never tried winter sowing, I highly recommend it.  If you're a winter sowing master, then you know what I mean when I say it's easy to get addicted to this.  I've been known to rummage through neighbors' recycling bins in search of Pepsi bottles.

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