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Old 12-04-2010, 08:14 AM
 
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I love to garden. I grow a lot of native plants plus strawberries. But its MN and december. I wont be able to garden for 7 more months.


What do you guys do.
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Reading, jigsaw puzzles, computer games and computer research, trying out new recipes. Do you have a project you have been putting off like getting the family photos into albums?

Is it too late to take some clippings from outside and nurture the babies inside?
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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Houseplants.
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:35 AM
 
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good idea. i have some houseplants i could nurse back to vigor.
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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Read, Yoga class, cooking, movies, walks on sunny days and this January will wallpaper the dining room.
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:59 AM
 
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I am eyeballing my empty 3000 sq ft basement and seriously contemplating hydroponics. 1000 sq ft is equal to 1 acre of garden space with much longer shelf life for things like lettuce ( 1 month) and way beyond "green". I just can't stand the down time and who knows maybe I could sell a bit? Me, 20 miles from Canada in VT and coming from Houston.
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Old 12-04-2010, 12:16 PM
 
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build terrariums, spruce up the greenhouse, plant tulips and daffodils...
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Old 12-04-2010, 02:13 PM
 
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Funny, as I am reading this thread, I have been waiting for my car to be repaired and going on 3.5 hours now and I am going stir crazy myself! Well, in the winter I enjoy pansies outside, keeping them watered and fertilized. Also, houseplants are fun maintaining them as well. Another thing I really enjoyed one year was growing seeds indoors for spring planting. It was so fascinating watching them sprout and grow up over night sometimes.
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Old 12-04-2010, 02:38 PM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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RIght now I am looking for new plants for next years garden. I try to add several new types of veggies each year that I can either can, dehydrate, or freeze. I need to clean up my garden journal and organize my seeds. I have a bunch that I am going to trade, so I need to get those bagged up for trading.

My big project this winter is organizing my garage and putting all my recipes into binders.
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:06 AM
 
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I am eyeballing my empty 3000 sq ft basement and seriously contemplating hydroponics. 1000 sq ft is equal to 1 acre of garden space with much longer shelf life for things like lettuce ( 1 month) and way beyond "green". I just can't stand the down time and who knows maybe I could sell a bit? Me, 20 miles from Canada in VT and coming from Houston.
Hi, Swanstone1! I really like your idea to try hydroponics and have thought of trying this too, but there are no windows in my garage...do you have to add plant lights to do hydroponics? (I have a feeling this is a dumb question).

Although I am in southern New England (zone 6B) I am anxiously waiting to see how my broccoli, spinach, broccoli rabe, carrots and cabbage are surviving under my foot high tunnels since it is now going down into the 20's at night and in the low to mid-40's during the day. I've never tried anything but a summer garden so this is interesting. Last week I harvested 6 good size broccoli crowns off plants that I planted in September and there were side shoots starting (yay). Almost everything in the garden has fabric row covers directly on top of the plants and then the hoops covered by plastic (held down by bricks or they'd uncover in the 50 mph winds we have been having only 2 miles from the Atlantic Ocean). Checking daily on the uncovered 6" kale that I planted in late September. It is well protected with lots of leaves and straw and is growing very slowly but has survived many freezes and even a little snow.

I just received the Johnny's and Seeds of Change catalogs in the mail late this week and have been going through them, circling what I think I'll order, and mapping out where I'll put them in my garden taking into consideration crop rotation and what kinds of veggies cannot follow previous veggies. I still have lots of seed left over from summer 2010 which will make it economical to garden, but less fun for planning as I won't need to order very much. Can't wait until February to start indoor planting from seed. Right now I'm overjoyed that my indoor Christmas cactus and geraniums are blooming.
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