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  • Bird Population Soaring May 22, 2015
    Spring 2015 is once again proving to be a banner year for bird broods in my beautiful wildlife garden.  Bluebird brood #2 has successfully hatched and 4 healthy mockingbird babies located in a holly shrub not 15 feet away joined them this past week.  It is dizzying watching the two sets of parents feed the […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to s […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Monarda Madness May 21, 2015
    The first Monarda blooms of 2015 opened up this week, kicking off a series of great blooms from now until late summer.  Every year I learn to appreciate this genus of native flowers so much more until I feel that I might just be on the edge of monarda madness because last year I actually […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautifu […]
    Ellen Honeycutt
  • Twinleaf May 19, 2015
      A very early wildflower, Twinleaf, Jeffersonia diphylla, is native to eastern North America. It is a plant that I must remind myself to hunt for, well before I’m used to finding wildflowers blooming. Here in the mountains of central Virginia, that crucial time is late March into early April. Each flower only lasts for a very […] We love hearing from you! P […]
    Brenda Clements Jones
  • Trilliums April 21, 2015
    There is not much more thrilling than hiking through the woods and finding a patch of native wildflowers. Some are minuscule, not of bright color, others can knock your socks off. Trilliums fill the bill for knocking my socks off! In the picture above, you see White Trillium, Trillium grandiflorum, about to bloom in one of my gardens. I’ve […] We love hearin […]
    Brenda Clements Jones
  • Help for Hummers April 16, 2015
    Putting up a hummingbird feeder is a fun way to bring hummingbirds close to a viewing space like a window. Like other types of bird feeders, it is often the first step in developing a love of our feathered friends and a desire to nurture them. So once you’ve taken the first step, I’d encourage […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the be […]
    Ellen Honeycutt
  • Native Plant Appreciation Week, Osceola County Florida April 10, 2015
    Today’s article is going to be about promoting the use of native plants, mostly because I forgot that today was Friday and didn’t do any critter research. I’ve been busy promoting The Central Florida Native Plant Sale (3rd annual) which is today, April 10, 2015 from 4-7 p.m. and tomorrow from 8 a.m. – 1 […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Ladies of the Day April 3, 2015
    Notwithstanding their common name, I’ll start by clarifying that they aren’t all ladies.  After all, in North America the order odonata need male and female to reproduce. I’m not clear how these insects acquired their common name.  Damselflies are an interesting group of insects. Predatory in both larval and adult stages, these are insects you […] We love he […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Skink Wars and More on These Sleek Lizards March 28, 2015
    I was on the patio late one afternoon and the trashcan was rocking.  I glanced over since you never know what creature of nature will be visiting my place.  I figured that maybe a black racer or water snake had slithered underneath the wheels setting the rocking in motion. Then I heard thrashing and a […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see al […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Spring Garden Care March 26, 2015
      Spring Garden Care People who care about attracting wildlife to their gardens usually learn over time about best practices for fall cleanup and especially the fact that it’s really beneficial for our birds if we refrain from relentlessly cutting perennials to the ground before winter. But what then happens in the spring for garden care?   Here in […] We lo […]
    Jesse Elwert

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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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