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Winter gardening

Sunday, February 05, 2017

I am a gardener. That means that sometimes, I'm out when it is yucky out there. I bought some elephant garlic the other day and the seller kept saying "You need to put these in the ground like yesterday!" She had gotten them late, but chilled them so they would (fingers crossed) thrive. Cold or not, I got them in the ground, along with a heritage variety she had.



Winter gardening isn't my favorite, unless it's inside the greenhouse. I have been wonderfully blessed to have a large greenhouse that is a continuous learning experience. I start almost all the seeds for my nonprofit's spring plant sale (April 22-23) and a lot for the Master Gardener plant sale in May. As long as I'm starting seeds, why not, right? So far, it's mostly the 8+ week seeds that I've started, plus plants I can propagate by cutting or division.


Propagated lots of rosemary, still need to divide the lemongrass (in the round pots). Lemon and English Thyme did well. Lavender didn't do as well, but still managed to get about a dozen.


48 pots of Scarlet Milkweed, plus some Irish Poet, Siberian Wallflowers and Anise Hyssop. I've decided that my yard is going to look spectacular for the sale, since it's always at my house, so lots more flowers started this year.

It's not as strenuous as outdoor gardening, but there is a lot of movement, bending and stooping and stretching, so I'm cool with that.
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  • CHERIRIDDELL
    I think food from the garden is the best !
    1585 days ago
  • NISSANGIRL
    Good luck with the garlic Wendy, so nice that u have a green house to play in!! Great blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1588 days ago
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    I hope your garlic grows. I love hearing and seeing your gardening activities/plants. When I was in the NWT I planted my first garden (that wasn't a family garden, such as when growing up). I was excited because with the midnight sun, everything grew big and fast. I went away for a short trip, left my friend and ex to take care of the garden. We had our first frost in decades and they didn't cover up anything. It all froze. I had garlic and that was okay, as were the potatoes. However, I did not realize garlic had to be hung and stored them like my potatoes. I lost all the garlic. I decided the next year to try strawberry plants and a peach tree. The grasshoppers showed up and ate it all down in 20 minutes. I looked around for a garden spot and decided to just let it go - as I fought off blackflies and grasshoppers. One day I might actually garden again, but thought you might chuckle at those stories.
    1588 days ago
  • JACKIEWALKS4FUN
    Love your blog Wendy. I wish I could came and help as I sure miss my gardens, but that does not stop me from looking at all the catalogs and still wandering around the garden centers. I find myself missing gardening in the cold, when I had to stop and come in because my hands were frozen lo.
    Someday I will have another garden and would be great to have a big green house.
    Your sale is going to be great. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1588 days ago
  • HICKOK-HALEY
    I love your green house. Hope the garlic works!! emoticon
    1589 days ago
  • GARDENCHRIS
    I grow garlic. she is right you plant in the fall and harvest the following fall and repeat. It is easy to grow.
    I'm jealous of your greenhouse! I wish I had one, happy gardening.
    1589 days ago
  • JUNETTA2002
    I want to be a gardner. I just retired so maybe I can do this.
    1589 days ago
  • PUPPYBUG
    Any tips for a wannabe gardener? I've been wanting to grow my own food for years, but feel so overwhelmed by everything. Where to start?
    1589 days ago
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