planting tips for homesteading - Ok, I
know its only February but spring is here, right? Sure it is. In many
ways we all have declared winter a thing of the past. If you are like
me you are sorting seeds, getting those little spring plants tucked into egg
shells full of dirt and thinking about gardening, and baby chicks. In
our hearts we have declared winter officially over. The snow just
hasn't gotten the memo on it yet.
Some of the things I do to
declare winter being officially over is to
do the following. I do this every year the first of February -
blizzards or not. My friends knowing that I don't buy eggs bring me egg
cartons all year round. I know they hope I will fill them up and return
them. Most of the time I do. However there is no way my birds can lay
that many cartons of eggs a day.
Planting Tips using Egg Cartons
store these egg cartons for just such a time in my life that I can't
winter one more day. Now you can do this with or with out the egg
shells. I like the egg shells because they just add that look that says
SPRING! The shell will also break up in the dirt when you replant your
seedlings. So I save the shell halves and put 1-3 seeds in each. There
in their egg cartons the seeds are safe and grow wonderfully in a
window or under grow lights.
Planting Tips and Spring Bulbs
Another all time "save me" is to keep some spring
back in the fall and
about this time of year, plant them in pots, shallow bowls of water or
whatever you can find. You can even put them in with existing plants.
All they need is lots of water and you will have tulips, and buttercups
in about 2 weeks, just in time for that last snow storm you just didn't
want to deal with.
Like they say in cowboy school ( you know the school where you are
lying in the dirt with a broken arm) Attitude is Everything! So the
main thing about conquering winter and declaring it officially over,
even with that 8' of snow in the front yard, is attitude.
What changes my whole perception of the world is smell and light, color
to be exact. The more color the happier I am and the more things smell
like a spring day the better my attitude.
Planting Tips and Window Boxes
Normally in the fall, garden stores will have sales on window
plants that will never make it though the winter, not outside in this
weather. You can grow
, raspberries and lots of things in the
house until spring
arrives. Then replant them. This way you have the
joy of gardening all winter long without that grape vine taking over
your house, as it will be moved to a sunny location well before it out
grows that pot.
in window boxes smell wonderfully
every time you water them. In a
dry winter house, that's every day. I purposely walk by and brush them
to make that smell fill the room. Who needs AirWick when you have basil
This year I did something that went out on a limb. I put in a permanent
long window box type planter made of old barn wood. Then I lined it
with a thick plastic lawn bag. I put a 3" grow light above it and
planted hanging strawberries
I soon learned that the hanging part
needs light too, and in the winter there isn't much. So I had to work
with the lights and instal one more facing out. The cost was $ 40.00
for lights and all. A small price for winter color and the feeling that
life had not forgotten me while the world outside was dead and gone.
Bringing a bit of spring time to your home is a way to help that winter
attitude so much of us suffer from when you live in the north country.
When you smile more you get more done, you love yourself more and life
just seems better.
So save those egg cartons, plant those spring bulbs and deny winter the
depression it is famous for. Our homesteading attitude for spring
planting will conquer
even the worst winter blues.
By Gypsy, our resident homestead blogger
Wanderings Homestead Blog