When the weather outside is frightful, garden indoors to satisfy your green thumb and make you feel that spring’s hope and promise is just around the corner. There are lots of affordable flowering plants available to brighten your home during the winter months. African violets, primroses and kalanchoes come in cheerful shades and are available in garden centers and nurseries. Care is simple. Place them in indirect light away from heating vents. Soils should be well drained and kept slightly moist. More potted plants are killed by over watering than under watering. This is particularly true during short, dark winter days when they use less water. Before watering, insert your finger into the soil to see if it’s still moist under the surface. If so, wait to water.
This and That
Sandra Harrelson, MG
If you have children or grandchildren, you might want to include them in your gardening hobby. Regale your child with your own gardening memories. It is easy to help them start a few seeds indoors when the weather is inclement.
Give them a small area to plant their own plants. Encourage them to work the soil with organic matter in the spring and then plant the young seedlings, seeds of easy-growing vegetables and flowering annuals. Supply them with their own watering can and encourage them to water and weed their plants. Do not be concerned about the tidiness of the children‘s garden. Just delight in them as they watch things grow.
Things to See this Month
^ Forsythia, bridal wreath, flowering almond and early spring bulbs.
^ Naturalized varieties of daffodils peak around old homesteads and hill sides.
^ Early plums with their rosy pink flowers.
^ Carolina wrens beginning to look for nesting places.
^ Purple martin scouts.
^ Hints of green in some yards and hill sides.
Gale Waites, MG
Joelyn James, MG