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  • Giving Thanks With Gratitude November 26, 2014
    Happy Thanksgiving! Now is one of the times of year that I like to reflect on those thinks for which I am so grateful. And one of those things is you, our dear readers. I and my team members both here at Team Beautiful Wildlife Garden, as well as Team Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens are […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beauti […]
    Carole Sevilla Brown
  • Snapdragon Shrubs November 25, 2014
    Life in the Southwest is unique in many ways, and tops on the list are plants you don’t find anywhere else on earth. One of these is a shrubby member of the snapdragon family, the Leucophyllum. Native to dry, calcareous areas of Chihuahuan Desert in the states of Texas USA and Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, […] We love hearing from you! Please click here t […]
    Jacqueline Soule
  • Create a Portable Composter November 24, 2014
      Now that fall is winding down, you might want to begin thinking towards next year by taking on this project now. Do you do home composting? Have you often wished you had a portable composter? This is a inexpensive project ($20) that can be completed in less than an hour. First you need to […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beaut […]
    Joni James
  • The Monarchs of Venice, California November 22, 2014
    The morning sun rose over the canals of Venice, California, its soft yellow color reflected in the water, as I stood watching the Monarchs, already up and about.  The pocket park they were visiting was still mostly in shade, so I didn’t expect to see the orange-winged beauties until hours later, when the sun would […] We love hearing from you! Please click h […]
    Kathy Vilim
  • Balance in the Garden: Ichneumon Parasitic Wasp November 21, 2014
    Sometime ago I talked about how some wasps keep a garden in balance by using other arthropods as their larval hosts, laying eggs to hatch and feed off the caterpillars of moths or butterflies or beetle larvae.  It’s Nature’s way of ensuring you don’t get too many of one species.  The food chain in action. […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to se […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Thankful for Nature November 20, 2014
    As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, my list of things to do grows. My mental list of what I am thankful for is in progress as well, and always at the top of that list are the gifts that the natural world has given us. From tiny pollinators to towering oaks, our world would […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos […]
    Ellen Honeycutt
  • Saying Goodbye to All the Plants in My Front Garden November 19, 2014
    Well, it’s digging day. A day I’ve known was coming since we bought our house 14 years ago. Seems that over 100 years ago when my house was built it was considered a good idea to use clay pipes to carry away the sewage from the houses in this neighborhood. Think about it. You know […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photo […]
    Carole Sevilla Brown
  • Teaching native habitats with trout November 17, 2014
    It might seem fishy to set up a 55-gallon fish tank and say you’re going to use to it to teach outdoor education, but so far raising brook trout has been one of the most exciting and engaging projects we’ve taken on at the elementary school where I work. In the local school system, animal […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautif […]
    Stacey Evers
  • Aphids are Good? Wait….WHAT??? November 14, 2014
    Down at my pond recently, I waited patiently for a flower fly to land for a photo op.  I use a point and shoot camera and have yet to find that the sports setting is effective at getting close-up photos of insects so I don’t use it.  I took a random shot or two while […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let us k […]
    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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