Ya’ll, seriously with the crazy going on right now (corona) I thought maybe we could all just kick back a minute and enjoy the fact that spring is here and warmer weather has started trickling in so we can get some much needed fresh air and outside time!
The daffodils are blooming, tulips have started to emerge and everything seems to be budding. Recently I forced forsythia inside because I just couldn’t wait any longer.
Today is St. Patrick’s Day, which according to my late gramma, is the day to plant potatoes. However, with the rains we’ve had it will have to wait until the ground dries up so I can make it to the garden.
Don’t fear, in the middle of all the chaos there are still ways to get your hands dirty and get some gardening fever out of your system, and the best part is that you probably have most everything you need to do it already. I’m talking jug gardening. All you need are some milk cartons or bottles, dirt, duct tape, scissors, something to poke holes for drainage and seeds.
The instructions are easy peasy. All ya gotta do is:
1. Grab a jug and rinse it out (please don’t use anything that had chemicals or detergent in it- preferably a container that had milk, juice or water);
2. Cut it almost in half (leave it somewhat hinged);
3. Poke some small drainage holes in the bottom and fill it with dirt;
4. Sow your seeds and give it a good drink of water before closing it up and using duct tape on the seam;
5. Leave the lid off (it will need to get water); and
6. Put them outside and let nature do it’s thing.
This creates a mini greenhouse per se. It will warm up during the day and create moisture inside. Check them periodically to make sure that the soil isn’t dry and water lightly if needed. You can even start seeds much earlier in the winter if you please- as snow is a great insulator. Follow the instructions on the seed packet to ensure you don’t start them too soon and transplant the seedlings when it’s safe to do so. How easy is that? It’s a great way to get a head start on gardening and something to do if you’re stuck at home. Having your own fresh produce isn’t all that bad either.
Till next time, get outside and get some fresh air & enjoy the simple things!