All Things Gardening forum: Winter gardening ideas

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Name: Kevin Benoit
New Brunswick, Canada (Zone 3b)
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kevinbenoit
Aug 29, 2016 4:15 PM CST
Hi I was wondering if any of you guys have any ideas about winter gardening. I need a project to do this winter and I have bought some pots and I have a well lit window. I'm interested in fruit trees from seed and also veggies Smiling I have already planted two orange seeds that I intend to keep potted as small trees. What are you guys doing this winter Hurray! ?
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 29, 2016 4:18 PM CST
kevinbenoit said:Hi I was wondering if any of you guys have any ideas about winter gardening. I need a project to do this winter and I have bought some pots and I have a well lit window. I'm interested in fruit trees from seed and also veggies Smiling I have already planted two orange seeds that I intend to keep potted as small trees. What are you guys doing this winter Hurray! ?


Well, if you do plant a veggie garden then instead of buying starts you can always just get seeds and start your own. Certainly gives you something to plan and to do before planting time.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 29, 2016 7:24 PM CST
Hi Kevin...

I kind of hate to even think about winter right now, but -- I usually grow "salad sprouts" on the kitchen counter (I have a multi-level sprouter), and overwinter a couple of rosemary plants in a south-facing window. I also grow several amaryllis bulbs for the Christmas season, and by late January I'm starting seeds for my garden, under fluorescent lights. (otherwise I just look at the seed catalogs and dream about how great next summers' garden is going to be...)
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Name: janet
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rosieann99
Sep 3, 2016 3:44 AM CST
hi i grow lots of flowering bedding plants and bulbs to cheer me up
i pick pansys,violas,bellis daisy,wallflowers,and primroses and plant spring bulbs daffodils etc
i keep containers just for for them and love to design them so i get flowers for as long as possible each spring
when they finished i change them all for summer bedding I will start to repot in a couple of weeks
so far got about 300 new bulbs, if the old bulbs are ok i keep them. The shops are just getting the bulbs now have to buy early to best selection, not got bedding plants yet
it rained everyday last year for 4 months I live in north west uk
love to know what your winter bedding plants are? (sorry my computer wont let me use images but a happy face to everyone)
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Sep 3, 2016 12:08 PM CST
I take the time to reflect. I do this by sitting by the fireplace with my computer and catalogues with a drink in my hand.

I do have lots of bulbs around inside blooming. I force bulbs to bloom early indoor. I do a little retail therapy shopping. I can always find Orchids cheap and the flowers last for months.

EllaRollins12
Sep 14, 2016 10:47 PM CST
Hi Kevin,
I have purchased Helleborus niger and Snowdrop to plant in my garden. I have heard that these flowers can bloom in winter and make our garden attractive. Hope everything comes out well. Also I have added some additional features in my backyard as suggested in http://inthebackyard.ca/6-additions-for-your-backyard-this-w.... My last winter was very normal, but I hope my backyard and garden will look awesome this winter with my new plants and additional features.
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CarolineScott
Sep 15, 2016 8:01 AM CST
I have lots of houseplants, and bring pelargoniums into house for winter.
I also start lots of seeds, both in house and as winter sowing outdoors.
Going in a couple of seed swaps and collecting seeds for next year.
I garden all year!
Name: janet
wirral uk
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rosieann99
Sep 15, 2016 4:11 PM CST
hi just started my garden baskets i bought 2 tier vegtable hanging baskets new idea from the kitchen dept, put in to the top trailing pansys
and in bottom tier mix cyclamen and standard pansys
going to local garden centre next few weeks, got to close our caravan up first its in snowdon mountains in north wales
i love plant and have 60 indoor plants, like unusual, have 8 orchids begonia rexs and canes would have more ran out of space Smiling
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Sep 15, 2016 7:47 PM CST
Those are really nice hanging baskets, Janet! Thumbs up

Running out of space seems to be a quite common problem for most of us... Sighing!
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Name: Kevin Benoit
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kevinbenoit
Sep 18, 2016 5:47 PM CST
Hi everyone, I have decided that my fall/winter project will probably be some cherry tomatoes in the window. I also bought myself a potted ponderoza lemon tree, that'll be fun to look after Hurray! . And for the challenge, I planted 10 orange seeds and I will try to turn them into small trees by the beginning of spring Smiling . Last winter we managed to turn acorns into oaks, You guys also seem to have pretty good ideas. Keep me posted! I tip my hat to you.
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daylilydreams
Sep 19, 2016 10:16 AM CST
My son & his wife have been using this for growing indoor tomatoes and lettuce , I was amazed at how well it worked. https://www.aerogrow.com/
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Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Sep 19, 2016 3:07 PM CST
I'll be doing what I do every winter - cheating & basking in locational denial! I live in a temperate place but will have a house full of tropical plants. It started with a few house plants & buying a few annuals a little soon some of those first springs, then having to bring them inside for a night to avoid frost... next thing I know, it's almost 3 decades later & IDK what is a house plant & what's a "saved perennial-sold-as-annual-because-it's-not-hardy-here" anymore.

On nice days, I'll take (way too many, according to some...) pots back outside for a drink, then back in before it gets dark again. I'll drop at least one at some point during winter, and as usual, it will be *after* watering, not when the soil is dry on the way out. A lot of time will be spent wishing windows were bigger, tweaking pot placements by half-centimeters.

Then I'll start thinking about veggies way too late because I'm originally from OH & things need to start much earlier where I am now. I'll be complaining about how cold it is while simultaneously "whew'ing" with relief that they're not the much colder temps that I left behind. I won't have room to start seeds inside because the existing pots are using all available near-a-window space. BUT do have a new GH this year that I'm hoping will, after housing the overflow of plants that won't fit inside, hold some seed trays...

I'll take my plants out a little too soon & forget where the shadows don't reach that early in the year & that some trees don't have leaves yet and there will be some sunburn.

You can count on it! LOL! ;)

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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Sep 19, 2016 6:46 PM CST
LOL, Tiffany!
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Sep 20, 2016 12:01 PM CST
daylilydreams said:My son & his wife have been using this for growing indoor tomatoes and lettuce , I was amazed at how well it worked. ]https://www.aerogrow.com/


Aren't those interesting? Expensive though so I guess I will pass on getting any. Sure would be amazing to get tomatoes indoors in the winter though.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Sep 25, 2016 12:24 PM CST
kevinbenoit said:Hi I was wondering if any of you guys have any ideas about winter gardening. I need a project to do this winter and I have bought some pots and I have a well lit window. I'm interested in fruit trees from seed and also veggies Smiling I have already planted two orange seeds that I intend to keep potted as small trees. What are you guys doing this winter Hurray! ?


Can't help you the fruit trees (my sadly greatest failures), but I have some suggestions. Get a few of those 18" x 5" by 6" deep planter pots at Walmart (cheap) and fill with standard pottig soil (I mix my own - its cheaper) , plant fancy greens like arugula, mesclun, and bok choy seeds. They don't need much light, they can really spice up a good tossed salad, and you get a WHOLE LOT of seeds in a packet.
Name: janet
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rosieann99
Sep 26, 2016 12:37 PM CST
hi everyone ive not got all my winter plants in the rain season seems to have got here early, still got about 100 bulbs to get in and trays of pansys etc will have to wait till i get that break in the weather to finish and close, wish i had some of your lovely warm weather wont see any now till next spring
oh well put the suncream back in the cupboard Sighing!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Sep 26, 2016 1:27 PM CST
rosieann99 said:hi everyone ive not got all my winter plants in the rain season seems to have got here early, still got about 100 bulbs to get in and trays of pansys etc will have to wait till i get that break in the weather to finish and close, wish i had some of your lovely warm weather wont see any now till next spring
oh well put the suncream back in the cupboard Sighing!


At least your pansies will last thru the winter? There always seems to be more to get done than time to do it.

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