Just when I was starting to enjoy the cold weather, winter pushed its luck and turned bitter. It’s hard to take pleasure in that. Even if we can’t venture far outdoors, there are still ways to satisfy those gardening urges. This week’s Gardening the Hudson Valley podcast episode offers 3 quick fixes.
Like most Northeast gardeners have a love/hate relationship with winter. It’s nice to have a brief respite, but the key word here is brief. By January I’m craving damp soil and I see no reason at all for February.
It’s so bitter outside now, the idea of pruning or otherwise tidying the garden is not appealing. Indoors, I’m just trying to stay ahead of my aphids and making a final attempt to curtail my seed order. Poppies are fascinating me this year.
But when we can get back outdoors for more than a few moments, keep any eye out for lingering seed pods. Leave some for the birds, but you can also do a little lazy winter sowing of things like lilies, that can handle freezing temps. The pods will probably be rattling by now. Pop open a couple and scatter the seeds where you might want to be surprised next year.
It’s also time to bring in branches for forcing. Who couldn’t use a little fresh color. Forsythia, quince, pussy willows, there are lots of options in the NE. Grab your free copy of Secrets to a 4 Season Garden on the web site, for tips on which shrubs force well and ho to do it.
And while we’re indoors, don’t forget to give your amaryllis bulbs a little water. They should be almost ready to break dormancy. Almost.
This has been Episode 3 of the Gardening the Hudson Valley podcast. I’m your host, Marie Iannotti and once again, thank you for listening. I hope you will join me again next week and also on the web site at www.gardeningthehudsonvalley.com. Stay warm!