Friday, January 2, 2009
Gardening in January!
Today is warm and windy, the usual snow-is-coming winter tease in Colorado. My daughter and I began our garden today! Those of you in zone 5 or cooler will think me daft, but in fact we started seeds that require cold stratification. We planted organic peach and apricot seeds I saved last summer. We also planted perennials in covered recycled plastic pots.
To learn how, check out these articles:
Mother Earth News - Free Fruit Trees
We planted lots of xeric (drought resistant) flowers like echinacea, columbine, penstemon, and bee balm. I can't wait for the teeny sprouts to come up in a few months. I have a vast spread of mulched yard that needs a good xeriscape garden. Since buying enough seedlings to fill the space would be cost prohibitive, I'm going with winter sowing my perrenials. Easy and fun - and it gave me a much-needed mid-winter boost. It felt so good to dig in the dirt! I'll be ready for the next burst of snow.
Written by Clea Danaan
Clea Danaan grew up in the Pacific Northwest; she now lives in Colorado. she is the author of five books relating to nature-centered spirituality and natural family living. She writes about nature mysticism, chickens, homeschooling, permaculture, and more. Her books have been published in more than six countries and translated into several languages, including French and German.