As of Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Winter’s chill, rain and snow has been keeping us indoors, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have outdoor plants to be taking care of, or continued opportunities to be gardening indoors.
Continue to garden! Most herbs can be grown indoors, such as parsley, rosemary, oregano, chives and basil. All it takes is placing them in a sunny window. Greenhouses will continue to support your kale, chard, cabbage and broccoli; growth will improve as sunlight hours start increasing in late January.
Besides herbs, this is a good time of year to take cuttings of evergreen shrubs, including rhododendrons and azaleas. Take these from new tip growth, keep in bright light and around 70 degrees.
Water! Remember those plants and shrubs growing beneath evergreens or under the eaves of your home – they are likely parched right about now. A lack of water during these winter months can be a death sentence to these plants. Check on those, and give them a drink periodically to help them survive.
Also, watch out for your tender flowering plants, such as camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and daphne in the event of sudden temperature drops. Cover these plants with cloth such as an old blanket or burlap. Stake these up around plants so the material doesn’t come into contact with them, and remove them promptly when temperatures rise.
Need supplies? Advice? Our staff is ready to assist you at Green Acres Nursery in Grangeville, 208-983-0355, www.lindsleysgreenacres.com, and like us on Facebook.