Greetings, friends! How is it that another week has already flown by? I can hardly believe that we’re already more than halfway through February.
If you’re late to the party and don’t know what the heck I’m doing with milk jugs, other recyclables, and seeds in the middle of winter, you can read this post to catch up on my winter sowing experiment. Otherwise, let’s jump right in!
Last week brought snow and rain, but fortunately all the snow has since melted. On Sunday night I sowed my brassicas: three varieties of cabbage (green, red, and megaton) and some collards (yellow cabbage from Baker Creek). I used some take-out salad containers, a large grape tomatoes container that already had holes in it, and a random food container that I covered with an upside down potato salad container. It was quick work, and my DIY plant tags are already a lifesaver.
We are now up to a total of 19 winter-sown containers. I guess I’m going all in, huh? I’m pretty excited and optimistic, and it’s definitely helped with how stir-crazy for spring I’ve been feeling. As always, you can check out the Winter Sowers Facebook group for inspiration and help if you’re interested in joining the winter sowing fun.
In unrelated news, I took advantage of warmer weather on Sunday to to plant a new rose. My thoughtful husband got me a gift card to a local nursery for my birthday, and I picked out a David Austin “Jude the Obscure” English shrub rose. It’d been hanging out in our garage for a few weeks until the weather warmed up enough for me to plant it, and Sunday proved the perfect opportunity. It seems quite happy in its new home and will have lots of time to get its roots settled before the summer heat begins.
And since the weather is getting progressively warmer, I’m just itching to get my dahlia tubers in the ground. I did my monthly check on them last weekend and they seem to be in good shape. However, I’ve come to the realization that I might not have as much room in the garden as I thought — I might have to make a dahlia-specific plot this year for my rapidly growing “collection.” But I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it!
I’ll see you all next week for another update in the exciting world of winter sowing — in the meantime, stay warm!