PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There’s nothing quite like staring at a blanket of white outside the window to steer even a casual gardener’s thoughts to blankets of flowers.
Get started now and you can have a fun winter project for yourself and the family, save a bunch at the garden center come spring, and keep some stuff out of the waste stream. Win-win-win.
New seed packets are available, and increasing daylight means ‘tis the season for sowing your summer garden right on your windowsill. Plant babies can be started indoors from seed about six to eight weeks before the last frost date in our area — generally early April — to then be transplanted in a garden or outdoor container.
You’ll need the seeds and a bag of starter mix but you have an assortment of materials for wee seedling pots in your recycling bin right now. Repurpose newspaper, food cartons, stale ice cream cones and even toilet paper rolls as seed pots and pop them right into the garden to biodegrade in spring and summer rains as your garden blooms.
Capturing that rainwater with thirsty plants in a specifically-designed rain garden is an environmentally friendly stormwater management technique that can also save on your watering time and water usage.Source…