In the Edible Garden: Test leftover seeds for germination. Place ten seeds between moist paper toweling or cover with a thin layer of soil. Keep seeds warm and moist. If fewer than six seeds germinate, buy fresh seed. Sow onion seeds in late February or March indoors. When they germinate, keep the seedlings in a sunny, south- facing window or a few inches below fluorescent lights. Transplant the seedlings outdoors as soon as the soil is dry enough to work.
In the Edible Garden: Plan your vegetable garden for next year. If garden is large enough, allow for crop rotation. Make a list of tools that need to be purchased for the coming year. Can you move to a drip watering system and alleviate the need for broadcast sprinkling? Is this the year you will invest in a compost tea system to help your soil?
People ask me why, year after inexplicable year, I continue to crank out these bizarre little lyrics for the holidays.
Do you sing in the shower? Um, I know that’s kind of personal and you don’t need to tell me what kind of soap you use but ...
I am a bad influence. And not just on would-be gardeners. Oh, no, it’s far worse than that. I am corrupting America’s youth.
This, as I have been told by the esteemed staff of Chicagoland Gardening magazine, is the Ideas Issue.
Need a little inspiration or just a break from weeding? Garden walks abound this time of year, and there’s plenty to see.