I've had a mini winter garden for the past few years. It's so simple and so practical. For one, I love seeing the green plants growing in the winter time. I miss my summer garden with the little buds slowly opening and the tiny little veggies coming out from hiding. Having a winter garden for me isn't just for the free food part, it's to bring a little bit of summer into my home all winter long. I got my little winter garden started today. As part of the Frugally Fit challenge for this week I challenged all the readers that are following along with that series to start a winter garden. So here is my little how-to. It's as simple as planting a flower in a pot.
I used a planter and a shoebox sized tote. Today I planted lettuce and peppers. If you are having trouble finding seeds in the winter and you don't want to catalog order, check your local Walgreens. Mine had a big display right in the front of the store with cheap seeds on it. I bought potting soil last fall on clearance and stored it outside. I noticed that Walgreens has potting soil for sale already though so you could grab some there also.
I used the shoebox tote for my lettuce seeds. You can cut lettuce several times and it will continue to grow back. After a while you may want to replant though or the lettuce can get sour.
My little pepper seeds. I want to grow 2 plants but I couldn't find my other planter pot so I put them together for now and I'll separate them when they get a little bigger.
Give them a little water to get them going!
The most important things about growing in the winter is that you need to keep the plants warm and get them plenty of sunlight. So pick a warm room and set them by the window. I put up my little card table in my office window and put the plants on it. Hopefully in a week or so we should see a little something come up, I will keep you posted!
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