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  • Collateral Damage July 31, 2014
    Things have to eat to survive. When plants are eaten, they don’t always look as good as before they were eaten. Think of a head of leaf lettuce growing in your garden. It is so beautiful there – wavy leaf margins and a blush of burgundy at the tips – until you lop it off […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let […]
    Ellen Honeycutt
  • Just in Time for National Moth Week July 25, 2014
    The third annual National Moth Week is winding down.  This year it started last Saturday July 19 and runs through this coming Sunday, July 27, 2014.  The inaugural celebration was back in 2012 and I highlighted some of my favorite moths at the time in my weekly article. Moths serve as food for reptiles, birds […] We love hearing from you! Please click here t […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Buckwheat and the El Segundo Blue Butterfly July 24, 2014
    Nothing warms my heart quite like hearing the happy news that butterflies are flourishing~ somewhere.  Rarely do we get good news about our winged friends lately.  But this story is one of hope and promise! The El Segundo Blue (Euphilotes battoides allyni) is a pretty light blue butterfly that is found nowhere but in So […] We love hearing from you! Please c […]
    Kathy Vilim
  • The Wildlife Nursery July 22, 2014
      Gardening often provides the closest encounters we ever have with wild creatures.  It is a solace and a distraction in bad times, and a shared joy in good ones.  ~Ursula Buchan     When you establish a wildlife garden, you need to be aware that at some point in the spring, summer or fall you will […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all t […]
    Donna Donabella
  • The Good in Grapevines July 18, 2014
    I am sometimes dismayed by the rapid growth of my Muscadine grapevines (Vitis rotundifolia).  Then I spot a bird picking through them and I relax and am glad that I procrastinated on cutting back. Heck, this southeastern native vine can be cut back at any time. This past week I watched the cardinals dancing in […] We love hearing from you! Please click here […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • A Monarch Waystation in a Mall’s Landscaping July 17, 2014
    At the Healthy Living Market, which occupies the old JC Penny’s space in the Wilton Mall of Saratoga Springs, NY, there is a new Monarch Waystation site. I had the privilege of doing a landscape renovation to the surrounding island beds and sidewalk gardens this spring. We included many native perennials, and cumulatively the site […] We love hearing from yo […]
    Jesse Elwert
  • Smooth Sumac July 15, 2014
      Just a couple weeks ago, some of the bushes along my woodland edges were abuzz with pollinator activity. The flowers of Smooth Sumac, Rhus glabra, were the magnet.   Butterflies, including this Red-banded Hairstreak, Calycopis cecrops, were part of the crowd.   Honey Bees, gathering nectar, to help some bee keeper with his honey supply were also attracted. […]
    Brenda Clements Jones
  • Sweet as honeyvine July 14, 2014
    This “weed” is a host plant Honeyvine milkweed (Cynanchum laeve) is a vigorous, perennial trailing vine that is native to our eastern and central states.  Some people consider it to be a nuisance “weed”, but I call it Monarch caterpillar food. Hardy hearts I like the honeyvine’s heart-shaped leaves and the fact that I never […] We love hearing from you! Plea […]
    Judy Burris
  • Yellow and Blue make Beauty in the Garden July 11, 2014
    When I see the bright yellow flowers of the Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista* fasciculata) I tend to think of Sulphur butterflies because it is a larval host for several members of the Sulphur butterfly family. The other day I was out enjoying the diversity of insect activity on the Partridge Pea plants back in my pond […] We love hearing from you! Please click h […]
    Loret T. Setters

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It's sow-sow

All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.

Martin H. Fischer

I finally found time to get the first of the January recipes up. I hope you enjoy them, they’ll “warm you up” without “filling you out”! I love cooking winter meals comprised of good things that grew in the summer garden. It’s so easy to freeze peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, broccoli, chard and more and have organic ingredients at hand for dinner time. No bland grocery store veggies here!

I tried something new today. It’s called “winter sowing” and you can read all about it at OurLittleAcre. I’ve grown self-sowing perennials, annuals and herbs for years by either scattering seeds in soil in late fall, sowing them in the snow or by planting seeds in pots that sit out, uncovered, through the winter. When early spring warmth arrives, the seeds awaken and sprout as they would if left to re-seed on their own. After reading Kylie’s post I decided to try winter sowing in milk jugs, too.  I’m curious if the results will be the same…or better…than my “old” method. I’ll be sure to let you know…meanwhile why not try it yourself?

There are so many wonderful blogs I read that inspire me. Tonight I’ll finally add a blogroll to this site so you can visit them as well. Who knows what you’ll be inspired to try…

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5 comments to It's sow-sow

  • I’m so glad you mentioned Kylee’s blog! It’s always a source of inspiration to me, and besides that, she’s just awesome.

  • Lisa

    I agree! Readers, if you haven’t seen Kylee’s blog “Our Little Acre” please be sure to visit it. You’ll love it!

  • Interesting idea to sow seeds in milk jugs. Thanks Lisa for adding my blog to your blogroll.

  • Lisa, you’re so sweet to mention my post and I’m so glad you’re trying this! I hope you have great luck with it! It’s just a fun thing to do when you can’t get in the garden “for real.” And you’ll be amazed when spring comes and you see those green sprouts coming up when you look down that little hole into the jugs! Thanks, too, for your kind words about my blog. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you these last couple of months.

    jodi, you’re such a sweetie and you’re always so kind to me. I treasure the friendship we’ve developed over the last few years.

  • Lisa

    :-) This is what it’s all about… growing beautiful gardens and friendships! Gardens and friends just go together…

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