Saturday, January 5, 2008

Winter in Our Garden in Brooklyn

Winter is such a good time to rest in the garden. The soil is hard, the plants are dormant, the bulbs are starting to push up and the wind is roaring. Seed and nursery catalogues become our friends. Sometimes it's nice to read and learn without having to rush outside. Seed sowing can begin now even if you want to do WINTER SOWING (check out if you want details).

Lest we forget, however, the compost still can use a turn once in a while, mulch should be put around all the perennials (to prevent the freeze and thaw that can kill them) and there may be berries that can be cut. January is a great time to feed and watch the birds.

What's happening in the winter for all you gardeners. Are you getting spring fever yet? Are you enjoying your "houseplants". Are you beginnning to read your catalogues that seem to jam our mailboxes at this time of the year? Have you started getting your seed sowing plans together?

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Time to go get some hot chocolate.



NancyW said...

I am looking forward to the bulbs pooking up in the tree pits. Expect to see afew different kinds of crocus, daffadils and tulips. any ideas about the tree pits on 8th street? We need something that likes part sun/part shade and is drought resistant because the hose does not reach that far. I was thinking of ornamental grasses.

Nancy W. (psumc)

Ellen Kirby said...

The tree pits in front of the church were so beautiful last year. How great that you are taking on the ones on 8th St. I think your idea of grasses would be great. I would use a dwarf variety like zebrina miscanthus. They are unusual with green and yellow stripes. Liriope whould do well there too and there are some nice varieties out. Seems as if they may have been tried in front but I'm not sure. Oh, I planted muhly grass last summer and it was fabulous. The plumes turn pink in the fall and are stunning. But, they may be too big for the pits.
All the best, Ellen

Resources (Books and such) List

  • Community Gardening Guidebook, Brooklyn Botanic Garden,
  • The End of Nature by Bill McKibben