Snow Gardening


Amy HillIt hasn't snowed here for years. Today four and a half inches of snow have fallen, and it hasn't stopped yet. But I'm itching to be in the garden.

Fortunately for me, it's only 10 weeks until the average last frost. That means I can start sowing a few things, both indoors and out.


Just before it began to snow, I sowed some seeds of Oriental poppy, Papaver orientale 'Coral Reef.' Oriental poppies can take the freeze-thaw cycles, and they much prefer direct sowing to transplantation. That said, I'm hedging my bets and planting a few seeds in coco-fiber pots, which like peat pots can be directly planted into the ground, minimizing root disturbance.

Indoors, I'm sowing seeds of Verbena bonariensis and Physalis 'Cossack Pineapple' ground cherry. Both require (or appreciate, anyway) a longer head start than the typical 6 to 8 weeks of most vegetables. And more veggies and open-pollinated annuals are waiting their turns; I'll profile some of the ones I'm most excited about in the coming weeks.

2/16/2014 8:56:53 AM

Amy, winter snow is a necessary thing here in Nebraska. It is the best moisture which is rich in nitrogen. As much as folks like warm winter weather, it's not a good thing for this area. The cold and perhaps the snow will keep the insect population under control. I personally don't mind the Winter months which makes the coming of Spring weather all that more enjoyable. It gives me a chance to rest up as well. Neglected inside projects can be worked on during the cold dark days of Winter. The garden season has already started for me albeit in my basement seed starting station. It's great to see the seeds pop up into little seedlings. Onions have been under the grow lights for almost two weeks and cabbage will be planted this next week. Soon the little plants will be out in the real world growing their way to maturity. Have a great snow gardening day.

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