January 1, 2018

What’s Happening in My Garden World?

  • Let me be the first to wish you a Happy New Year! Wow, can you believe it’s 2018 already? I have to admit to being excited at the promise of a new garden season and am busily planning my seed-ordering, garden projects, and certainly the topics I want to write about this year!
  • Due to some very cold weather last week, the lettuce in my hoop house has bitten the dust, so now I’m growing microgreens indoors. If you want to learn why I love growing them, along with how easy they are to grow, please visit the above link! I should also mention that the corn salad (mache) and kale are still growing out in the hoop house.
  • We have a HUGE stack of seed catalogs and have just about completed our seed-ordering list. I plant to write a post soon on what we’re planning to grow this year.
  • It you’re overwintering your geraniums and/or canna lilies, this is your friendly reminder to check on them again. They’ll be ready for potting up next month.
  • The ivy geranium cuttings I rooted a couple of months ago continue to do well. So much so, in fact, that I took additional cuttings from them! I’m in the process of shooting a video on how to propagate geraniums from cuttings, so stay tuned for that.
  • I just went through all of my vegetable seed packets to make sure they are still viable. If you don’t know how long different types of seeds will have good germination rates, take a look at my seed viability chart.
  • When it starts getting closer to seed-starting time, I will post information on that. However, I do have a guide to when I start vegetable seeds, which you can look at right now!
  • I’m continuing to write notes in my garden journal because I don’t want to forget all the cool things I want to accomplish in the garden this year. I hope you’re writing in your journal, too, because it’s a wonderful tool. (or maybe you don’t need to because you have a much better memory than I do!)
  • 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:

  • Jan. 9 _ Vegetable Production 12-week class series.Spokane, WA. More info.
  • Jan. 11 _ Botany & Plant ID. Spokane, WA. More info.
  • Jan. 18 _ Soil Science. Spokane, WA. More info.
  • Jan. 25 _ Forestry & FireWise Landscaping. Spokane, WA. More info.
  • Jan. 25-28 _ Tacoma Home & Garden Show. Tacoma, WA. More info.
  • Feb. 1 _ Introduction to Entomology. Spokane, WA. More info.
  • Feb. 5 _ Idaho Master Gardeners’ Annual Horticulture Class Series: Identifying Idaho’s Trees. Coeur d’Alene, ID. 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. 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. 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. 28 _ Starting a Community Garden.Spokane, WA. More info.

What’s New on SusansintheGarden.com…

  • Look at all of the events listed above! I’ve been busily gathering information for upcoming classes, garden shows and other cool events. You can find them in my online calendarIf 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!
  • 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 Control guide 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.

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