Planning a Winter Garden

As the grey of winter settles across the land it becomes a perfect time to enhance your winter garden. You can spice up your landscape by adding evergreens or plants that have decorative berries. Ornamental grasses are also attractive in the winter landscape.

Winter Garden Care

Taking a little extra time now before the winter freeze will help your garden in the spring. You will avoid certain pest problems as well as mold and other disease problems that may occur in the spring. Throw away any infected plants as you don’t want to mix them into your compost pile.

Enjoy Winter Herbs

Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy freshly grown herbs. Many common herbs can be grown indoors in the colder winter months with little care. Make sure they receive adequate light and are properly watered.

Kale and Cabbage in the Winter Garden

Decorative cabbage and kale can add dramatic colors to a winter garden. Some varieties will get even deeper in color as the weather turns colder. Make sure you have well fertilized soil that drains well to achieve maximum success.

Growing Brussel Sprouts

Growing brs.sel sprouts can be tricky since they can take a very long time to form. Therefore you might want to consider a shorter season variety especially if you live in a northern climate,

How to grow Lima Beans

Lima beans thrive in a warmer climate but they may drop their blossoms if the temperatures get too hot. Therefore it is important to select the proper variety for your region. You may want to consider planting flowers near by to attract bees so proper pollination can occur.

What is the difference between a Sweet Potato and a Yam

Sweet potatoes and yams are commonly confused and the names are used interchangeably. However they are different and it is incorrect to call a yam a sweet potato and and vice versa. Yams are not commonly found in the United States.

It’s Raining Acorns – Masting Year

Masting occurs every four to seven years and it literally rains acorns. Pine trees also go through periods of masting. Some people explain masting occurring when there was a period of stress for the land that will then be followed by nice growing weather.

Are Flowers Edible?

While you may be tempted to eat flowers you must know what you are doing as some flowers are very poisonous. So only eat flowers when you have identified them as being safe and organically grown. If you suffer from seasonal allergies or sensitivity to pollen you should avoid eating flowers.

Plant Fall Bulbs

Bulbs should be planted in the fall before the cold of the winter hits. This will allow for some nice color in the spring. While some flowers planted from bulbs come back year after year, others need to be replanted to ensure a nice bloom.