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Winter Activities for the Gardener

December 9th, 2015

I appreciate living in a climate where I have 3-4 months of winter in which gardening outdoors is pretty much impossible without a greenhouse. While I spend a lot of time reading about gardening during the winter months, I still want to get my hands in the soil and nurture plants. What is a gardener to do? Attempt to start interesting plants from seed.
This year I have a few interesting things to try, most exciting is the Cedar of Lebanon seeds along with a large leafed magnolia. I also have seeds of various plums and sour cherries in the fridge getting their prescribed dose of cold weather before putting them up to see if I can nurture a few little trees for my orchard. I’ll keep you posted on my efforts, perhaps in 100 years there will be a Cedar of Lebanon to be enjoyed by those living here at the time.

What sorts of fun gardening things do you do in the winter?

3 Comments to “Winter Activities for the Gardener”
  1. Misti on December 9, 2015 at 11:16 am

    I hope you get the Big Leaf Magnolia to grow! We tried to grow some saplings a few years ago but we really don’t have the right conditions in our yard for them. When we went on a backpacking trip to the Ozarks in May 2012 we saw several adjacent to creeks along that hike.

    Have fun!

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  2. Nebraska Dave on December 9, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Susy, I’ve only known one person that has grown a tree from a seed. He and his son decided to grow a replacement tree for the massive maple tree that died in the front yard. It’s been one of the many seed challenges that he and his family members have done. It’s a long and tedious task to grow trees from seeds. Good luck with your en devour. Keep us updated from time to time on the progress.

    Have a great Winter seed starting day.

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  3. Sarah on December 23, 2015 at 10:34 am

    I love collecting seeds from the wild and starting them. I once found some cracked cherry pits and started a few trees from them.

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