Green is the color all year round in the winter garden
In the colder part of the year it is always good to have something green, alive and producing in the dead of winter. A pansy with dark green foliage and purple and yellow faces, dusty suckers or coral bells as flower decorations or Siberian kale, turnips, mustard greens, cabbage, onion sets and broccoli . The winter garden doesn’t have to be dull and gray. Using a bed of crushed leaves as a winter blanket, winter greens can thrive and produce a crop during the cold, harsh winter.
January is the month of the big frosts
On January mornings there can be a lot of ice covering the mud holes as winter really gets serious. A frost that strikes in January is doing the winter garden a favor as the frozen grass will kill overwintering insects and their eggs as well as weed and fungus seeds in the soil. Cool weather vegetables will thrive as they are now hardened against the cold snaps of the freezing blast of winter.
A blanket for ornamental cabbage and kale
As we move into the first full month of winter, which is also the longest month of winter, pay a little attention to containers of ornamental cabbage and kale. On cold winter nights, keep several towels handy and the cabbage and kale containers close together so you can spread a towel over them to protect them from freezing. A towel should cover two containers. Whenever you water them, don’t overwater them as this invites frost. When temperatures rise above freezing each morning, remove the towels and fold them up for the next evening.
A message from the mighty oaks
The mighty oaks have only a small amount of leaves left as we reach the second week of January. My Northampton County grandmother always said that when oak leaves caught on their limbs, “they just waited for a heavy snowfall to bring them down.” We may soon receive that first big snowfall and it will certainly be great news for kids of all ages. This will be great news for the garden plot as some weather traditions say that when the snow bends the branches of mighty oak trees we can expect bountiful harvests in the summer. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Exercise on the winter porch
Don’t just keep a towel to protect winter annuals on the porch, but keep a warm blanket and slide also near the house so you can exercise your body on a cold morning on the porch and enjoy the warmth. of the winter sun while sipping a hot cup of coffee and removing towels from the winter annuals. The winter sun and the north wind will strengthen your immune system and your body to adapt to the cold temperatures and make you feel better at the start of the day. If winter mornings are a bit cold, you might want to keep a pair of warm gloves nearby.
Make an apple pie without a crust
No dessert in the cold winter is as good as a warm, baked apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. It’s a simple recipe that doesn’t have a crust, but lots of flavor. You will need two beaten eggs, a cup of sugar, five tablespoons of regular flour, half a teaspoon of baking powder, a quarter of a teaspoon of salt, half a cup of golden raisins, two cups of diced apples, a teaspoon of vanilla, a teaspoon of spiced apple pie, a stick of light margarine. Mix the flour, salt, baking powder and set aside. Combine the sugar and the beaten eggs and add them to the flour mixture. Add all the other ingredients except the margarine and mix well. Pour into 9-inch pie dish or pie pan sprayed with Pam baking spray. Dots with margarine hazelnuts. Bake at 325 degrees until stiff. Serve with whipped cream.
Clear sound and the appearance of diamonds
As January blows in its winter winds, north or south, we look forward to seeing a fluffy white snowfall and feasting our eyes and ears on the snow of a cold winter’s eve. and allow him to “speak” for us. There is majesty, purity and magic in a snowfall. On a cold winter evening, the snow makes a crisp, crackling sound as the temperature drops and streetlights and moonlight shine on the new fallen snow. It reflects off the crystals and makes them shine like tiny diamonds. A gentle breeze blows and makes the outside world look a bit like a Klondike bar!
Keep water in the birdbath
The birds are active all winter and they drink water in the winter as well. We can make it easier for them to find water by emptying the ice from birdbaths and filling them with fresh water when the temperature goes above freezing each day. Repeat this activity and closely monitor bird activity in the bath. Keep foods in the feeders and refill them as needed.
Water winter plants and annuals
Porch and patio annuals and perennials need water in the winter, but not as much. Place your index finger in the middle of the containers and when they are dry, water until they are damp, but not soaking in water. Excessive watering will freeze the substrate and become harmful to the plants. A little water in winter does a lot of good.
Enjoy a nice hot coffee on the winter porch
We’re not talking about instant coffee, but freshly brewed, hot, dark, strong coffee that will wake you up and comfort you while lounging on the winter porch. A great cup of coffee starts with a very clean stainless steel peculator with a proven brand of coffee and cool cold water, not poured but measured by the cup with a full teaspoon of coffee for each cup of water. Sprinkle the coffee with salt to enhance the flavor. Brew coffee until you can see it browning through the glass on the peculator, steam will pour out of the spout with that aroma that only brewed coffee can produce. When you drink coffee, only hot is good. We remember a tough drill sergeant in Army Basic Training who said there were three things he hated in that order, and it was cold coffee, wet toilet paper and trainees. He was harder than a railroad spike, a good soldier, and a leader of men. He was tough, but still there for you.
Brighter days ahead
It might not seem so early in winter, but things are getting brighter every day, actually a minute more every night. We have gained a quarter of an hour of daylight since the start of winter at the end of December. Winter birds seem to have noticed this, and they seem to be a bit more active in birdbaths and feeders.
Robins bouncing in January
Robins seem to be with us all year round and many of them appear all winter. We think most of them stay in our area and everything we see looks well fed, has a lot of bounce and color and is definitely not shaking. There are enough hot sunny days and they are surely eating enough food. There are enough barns, sheds, outdoor buildings, house gutters, hollow logs, areas under buildings and even in piles of hay for them to find shelter, protection and warmth. , there are certainly enough wintering insects to support them in the winter. We hope they live long and prosper because in winter they are a welcome reminder and harbinger of spring.
Protect American Bee Balm
American Bee Balm overwinters at the back of the porch, sheltered from the cold winter wind. It was cut so that we can protect it with a cover on frosty nights. We have a layer of crushed leaves around the bottom of the container and feed it a handful of Flower-Tone organic flower food once a month. In fine weather, we remove the blanket and let it take a little sun. A small glass of water is enough. With only a small amount of winter protection, it will survive.
The pesky chickweed thrives in winter
Many weeds and grasses go dormant in winter, but chickweed survives all winter, especially around the edges of the house and near areas where rose bushes grow. The biggest advantage of the chickweed is that it has shallow roots and can be easily pulled up and thrown out of the area.
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