Saturday, March 28, 2009

Three must attend garden events

For the first time in years three big garden events in my area are actually on different weekends. No choosing which one to attend this year.  I love all of these events, and they all offer different types of plants for your garden.

1. May 16 - Festival of Spring at the Paine Art Center in Oshkosh.  Get there early if you want the latest and greatest in plants.  Also offers lots of native plants.
2. May 30 - Outagamie County Master Gardener's Plant Sale.  A great variety of plants and a very nice price.  Many are dug from the master gardeners own gardens, so you know they will grow in Wisconsin.
3. June 6-7 - Green Bay Botanical Garden Fair.  A huge event that lasts two days and is a great event to bring the whole family to.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spring is officially here!

Yes, spring is officially here!  You know it's here when you see the first crocus bloom, and today was that day.  Nevermind that snow is forecasted for the weekend, I'm sticking to spring.  I just love how a tiny little flower can bring so much joy!  

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Coming out of hibernation--winter sowing hostas

Now that we have had a couple of warm days in here in the frozen tundra, I can feel myself coming of out hibernation.  I even picked up some tulips at Trader Joe's the other day to add a little spring to my house.  Of course, just when I start getting excited about spring it snows again on Friday night.  Yesterday, however, was in the 50's and beautiful.  

Thinking about getting my hosta seeds out today.  I've had very good success at starting them outdoors right about now.  I use my winter sowing containers, which are plastic bottles that I recycle into mini greenhouses.  I cut the plastic water bottles almost in half, drill drain holes in the bottom, and fill them with about 3 inches of soil.  I then plant my hosta seed, label the bottle, lightly water the soil, and place them outside.  Make sure to keep the cap off of the bottle, so water (or snow) can get inside.  I have had better luck using this method to grow hostas from seeds than trying to start them inside.