Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Look at that weather report! Forecasting 60 as a high today. My daffodils are already poking way up - I hope my crocuses don't start blooming! And then we are supposed to have really cold weather in a few weeks. But it is starting to seem like we didn't even have a winter. So, did you get your January tasks done? If not, just keep working on them and add the February list now too: * Prune trees and shrubs, both ornamentals and fruit * Replace mulch as needed * Check outside plants and trees for animal damage * Cut some branches for forcing indoors * Rejuvenate holly bushes with a hard pruning * Check evergreens for sign of desiccation * Start seeds of cool season vegetables and flowers Two recommendations today: "Month by Month Gardening in Ohio" by Denny McKeown and Tom Smith Clyde's Garden Planner
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Okay, here is a list of things you can be starting by seed: Parsley,thyme,oregano,chive,basil,dill, cilantro,leek,Spanish onion,celery,kale,lettuce,cauliflower,broccoli & cabbage. You don't need a fancy set-up to do this...I use a large table in the basement covered with an electric blanket, topped with a big plastic shower curtain liner. Above the table John has hung those shop lights with fluorescent bulbs in them (we have replaced one bulb with a grow light, which you can buy at Lowes or Home Depot) My table is big enough to need three of these lights. John has them hooked to chains with S-hooks so we can raise and lower them. You want to keep the light pretty close to the plants to prevent them from getting leggy. I'm going to post some important sites to look at this month in a separate area. One of my favorite books is "Week by Week Vegetable Gardener's Handbook"
Saturday, January 28, 2012
January 28, 2012 and I was in the garden today! Since my strawberries grew well into fall under plastic - I didn't have time to clean up the bed and cover with straw...so today was sunny and 37 degrees out. I layered up and enjoyed working in my garden. Ranger (my tuxedo cat) wanted to come out and help! He particularly loves strawberries and I think he was hoping to find a few...I think he was as happy as I was to be out there again! Later in the day I clipped some leaves from my hanging geranium plant and put them in vermiculite to root. Here's a picture of how they look