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Thread #142442   Message #3283353
Posted By: maeve
02-Jan-12 - 08:31 AM
Thread Name: BS: Mudcat Gardeners 2012
Subject: RE: BS: Mudcat Gardeners 2012
We have big windows to the south, so we've started plantings of basil and dill, and have one each of a Lacinato (dinosaur) kale and a 3' and growing flowering tomato - both volunteers from the edge of the old house foundation.

As for non-food plants, there are blooming geraniums (pelargonium), willow rootings, Hen-and-chicks (also fire survivors), primroses, Paperwhite narcissus, and many succession planting pots of snowdrops, narcissus varieties, dwarf iris, crocus, tulips, and windflower anemones. Some are in bloom and some are about to bloom, while most of the forced bulbs are in the basement awaiting their turn in the sun.

Winter gardening is a mental health issue for me. When spring weather allows, I will be planting all of the hardy bulbs outside. In the meantime, Truelove's woodland management efforts and the new house have given us sunshine all day when there is any sunshine out there. The convalescing house chooks enjoy it as much as we do.

Bobert, we have three greenhouses; none of which are in use for growing. I'm hoping for one in working order in the spring, with the others removed or ready for crops by fall. The big vegetable garden will have to be renovated also. That will be a nasty job with 2 years of weed growth to clear.

Happy gardening, all.