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  • When the Gall Moves, it Probably isn’t a Gall September 12, 2014
    I was walking past the Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) tree, one of two saplings I have planted on the southwest side of the pond. Bald-cypress are known for getting species-specific insects known as Cypress Twig Gall Midge (Taxodiomyia cupressiananassa). The smaller of my two trees has a few sprinkled throughout. Galls are housing created from […] We love […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Gardening for Wildlife at the Flower Farm September 11, 2014
    On September 28th last year (2012), my husband and I closed on our first home, a 1.5 acre property that backs out to a nature preserve and is surrounded by woods on all four sides. I wrote about our gardening efforts last year in an article I called “Wildlife Gardening in Rivendell,” because the property […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see […]
    Jesse Elwert
  • Jack-in-the-pulpit September 9, 2014
    Anticipation Anticipation makes my world go ’round. I find something, perhaps a plant, just beginning to emerge in the spring. I return to the infant plant often. Watching and waiting. Looking forward to its grand finale. This is the story of anticipation from beginning to disappointing end, of a Jack-in-the-pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum. The photograph above, […]
    Brenda Clements Jones
  • Little Lacewing Life Cycle September 8, 2014
    Lacewings are delicate insects that are considered to be beneficial to your garden.  I’ve observed them in my beautiful wildlife garden during the day and at night.  To the casual observer they appear to be clumsy fliers, but that may serve as a survival technique.  From what I’ve read, they have sensory organs at the […] We love hearing from you! Please cli […]
    Judy Burris
  • Cream of the Gardening Crop: Skimmers September 5, 2014
    I’ve a new dragonfly at my place.  I was excited when I saw the overall purple hue of this beauty.  I knew it was one I had never seen before and at first I struggled to identify it. Anyone can make up a  checklist of Dragonflies and Damselflies (order: Odonata) based on their location.  I […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beauti […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Vampires in the Canyon September 4, 2014
    Is there a vampire in the Canyon?  If you were hiking through the Santa Monica Mountains this month, you would most certainly run across patches of strange-looking, yellowish vine-like plants. What is this plant that is laid out across the chaparral bushes as if it were strangling them? Is it really hurting the bushes on […] We love hearing from you! Please […]
    Kathy Vilim
  • Duckweed For Wildlife September 3, 2014
    Duckweed is the smallest flowering plant in the US If you have a wildlife pond, I’m sure you’re familiar with Duckweed (Lemna minor) as it can quickly cover the surface of your pond. Duckweed is commonly found in ponds, lakes, marshes, and slow moving streams. In streams where the water moves more quickly, the Duckweed is […] We love hearing from you! Please […]
    Carole Sevilla Brown
  • Flowers With Wings over the Southwest September 2, 2014
    The cooler days of autumn herald the arrival of winged visitors to the skies the Southwest. Along with migratory birds are the beautiful butterflies. Many different species of butterflies! There are butterflies that migrate down into warmer valleys from cool mountain tops. Butterflies from northern climates, not just the monarchs, migrate southward, on their […]
    Jacqueline Soule
  • What’s Hiding in the Garden? September 2, 2014
    “We must look for a long time before we can see”. — Henry David Thoreau What is hiding in your native area? Thoreau says we must look a long time before we can see. It is easy to walk through and around your native plants  but how closely do you look? There are times I […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let us […]
    Joni James

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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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