February 1, 2018

What’s happening in my garden world?

• Hi, everyone. I hope you’re all doing great and that the cabin fever bug hasn’t hit you too badly! I am very anxious for spring to get here and am certain you’re feeling the same way.

• When I walked out to the hoop house a few days ago, I had a pleasant surprise. Remember how I reported last time that the cold weather wiped out my lettuce plants? Well, it’s been unseasonably mild here lately and guess what’s growing again? Yup, lettuce is back on the menu!

• In addition, I’m back to growing microgreens indoors. I’m currently working on a video that covers the aspects of growing them and am hoping you’ll jump on the bandwagon, too. Microgreens are so flavorful and very nutritious. It’s a great way to provide yourself with the salad greens we all miss this time of year.

• Most of my seed orders have arrived and I’m getting my seed-starting schedule organized. There are three charts on my website that you should find helpful. The first is my guide to when I start my vegetable plants. The second is a list of what I’m growing this year. And the third is my handy-dandy seed-starting scheduler; it’s a PDF file that you can print out and use to schedule your plantings as well.

• The first thing I’ll be doing is vernalizing my artichoke seeds, starting TODAY. You can information about this on my blog. Vernalizing is a process that will make your plants way more productive, so it’s worth this (simple) extra step.

• It’s finally time to pot up any geraniums and canna lily bulbs that you’re overwintering. If you’re wondering how to pot up the geraniums, I’ve got a video for that! For the cannas, I should shoot a video on that, too, and hope to shortly. Bear with me.

• I also recently took cuttings from the ivy geranium cuttings that I’ve been growing (yes, you can do that!). Here’s my video on how to propagate geraniums from cuttings. It’s a simple skill you should add to your to-do list for this year!

• Even though I’m in the off-season for writing my garden columns for The Spokesman-Review, I’m continuing to write blog posts on my website and am posting to my Facebook page every single day. There are still a lot of gardening topics to discuss, right? If you ever want to refer to my columns, however, you can find an index to them on my website.

Events coming up…

• Feb. 1 _ Introduction to Entomology. Spokane, WA. More info.

• Feb. 3 _ Seed Swap. Coeur d’Alene, ID. More info.

• Feb. 5 _ Idaho Master Gardeners’ Annual Horticulture Class Series: Identifying Idaho’s Trees. Coeur d’Alene, ID. More info.

• Feb. 6 _ Garden Starters lecture. Spokane, WA. More info.

• Feb. 7 _ Garden Starters lecture. Spokane, WA. More info.

• Feb. 7-11 _ NW Flower & Garden Show. Seattle, WA. More info.

• Feb. 8 _ Pesticide Use, Noxious Weeds and Weed Mgmt. Spokane, WA. More info.

• Feb. 10 _ 2018 Basic Beekeeping Class. Spokane, WA. More info.

• Feb. 12 _ Idaho Master Gardeners’ Annual Horticulture Class Series: Managing Your Backyard Forest. Coeur d’Alene, ID. More info.

• Feb. 13 _ Garden Starters lecture. Fairfield, WA. More info.

• Feb. 15 _ Plant Healthcare and Integrated Pest Management. Spokane, WA. More info.

• Feb. 17 _ 2018 Annual Horticulture Saturday Class Series: Beginning Honey Beekeeping. Coeur d’Alene, ID. More info.

• Feb. 17 _ Farm to Forest: Introduction to Agritourism. Spokane, WA. More info.

• Feb. 17 _ Let’s Get Pruning with Tim Kohlhauff. Spokane, WA. More info.

• Feb. 21 _ Urban Goat-keeping Certification. Spokane, WA. More info.

• Feb. 22 _ Plant Disease and Diagnosis. Spokane, WA. More info.

• Feb. 22-25 _ Spokane Home and Yard Show. Spokane, WA. More info.

• Feb. 22-25 _ Portland Spring Home and Garden Show. Portland, OR. More info.

• Feb. 24 _ 2018 Annual Horticulture Saturday Class Series: Growing In North Idaho Workshop. Coeur d’Alene, ID. More info.

• Feb. 26 _ Idaho Master Gardeners’ Annual Horticulture Class Series: Ways to Preserve Your Harvest. Coeur d’Alene, ID. More info.

• Feb. 26  _ Food For Thought Book Club Meeting. Spokane, WA. More info.

• Feb. 28 _ Starting a Community Garden. Spokane, WA. More info.

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What’s New on SusansintheGarden.com…

• Can you believe how many events are listed above? I’ve been busily gathering information for upcoming classes, garden shows and other cool events. You can find these and more in my online calendar. If you don’t live in Eastern Washington or North Idaho, I apologize that the majority of the events are regional but it’s just too daunting to try to list all of the garden events going on throughout the country!

• As I mentioned above, my newest feature is a Seed-Starting Scheduler that you can download in order to schedule when to start the seeds you’re growing this season.

• If you are into birdwatching, my Birds in the Garden guide includes tips for attracting birds, a guide to all of the birds we see here in our Spokane garden, a photo slideshow and more. I’ve been capturing all sorts of photos of birds this winter, since it’s easier to spot them in our stark landscape! Look for newly-added photos in the bird photo gallery.

• As you start planning for your 2018 garden, you might want to visit my Organic Pest Controlguide to learn of non-chemical ways to deal with troublesome insects.

• I’ve added more new reader’s questions that I’ve answered on my Q&A page.  If you have a question, don’t be shy about contacting me: (Susan@SusansintheGarden.com). I promise to give you a speedy reply!

• There’s an index to my 2017 garden columns under the “Guides” menu and an index to my “Everyone Can Grow A Garden” videos, which will run throughout the garden season.

• Do you have something you wish I’d add to SusansintheGarden.com? Or something that you think could be better? Let me know! Drop me a note at Susan@susansinthegarden.com. Most of the time, they’re easy to take care of. If it’s something that will take a bit of work on my part, you can rest assured it will be added to my to-do list.