Green for the conservatory

Green for the conservatory

Green is the year-round color of the conservatory

In the coldest part of the year, it is always nice to have something green, vibrant and productive in the middle of winter. A pansy flower with dark green foliage and purple and yellow faces, dusty mill or coral bells like flower display or Siberian kale, turnips, mustard green, collard, onion set and broccoli. The conservatory does not have to be sad and gray. Using a bed of broken leaves as a winter blanket, the green of winter can blossom and produce a harvest in the cold, harsh winter.

January is the month of hard freezing

On the morning of January, there may be plenty of ice covering the mud holes as winter really kicks in. A freeze that comes during January does the conservatory a favor because the frozen sod will kill overwintering insects and their eggs as well as seeds of weeds and fungus in the soil. Vegetables in cool weather will thrive because they are now hardened to the cold periods from the icy breath of winter.

A coating for ornamental cabbage and kale

As we enter the first full month of winter, which is also the longest month of winter, pay a little attention to the containers of ornamental cabbage and kale. On cold winter nights, keep several towels on hand, and the cabbage and kale containers close together so you can spread a towel over them for frost protection. A towel should cover two containers. When watering them, do not overwater them as this invites a freeze. When the temperature rises above freezing each morning, remove the towels and fold them until the next evening.

A message from the mighty oaks

The mighty oaks have only a sparse amount of leaves left on them when we reach the second week of January. My grandmother in Northampton County always said that when oak leaves hung on their limbs, “they just hung around waiting for a heavy snowfall to get them down.” We may soon receive the first big snow and it will definitely be good news for kids of all ages. This will be good news for the garden plot, because some meteorologists say that when the snow bends the limbs of the mighty oaks, we can expect abundant crops in the summer. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Exercise on the winter porch

Not only do you keep a towel to protect the winter plants on the porch, but also keep a warm blanket and a toboggan close to the house so you can work out your body on a cold morning on the porch and enjoy the warmth of the winter sun while sipping a cup warm coffee and remove towels from winter annuals. The winter sun and the north wind will harden your immune system and harden your body to adapt to the cold temperatures as well as make you feel better when you start the day. If the winter mornings are a bit cold, you can advantageously wear a pair of warm gloves close by.

Composition of an apple pie without crust

No dessert in the winter cold is as good as an apple pie warm from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. This is a simple recipe that has no crust but lots of flavor. You will need two beaten eggs, one cup of sugar, five tablespoons of plain flour, one half teaspoon of baking powder, one fourth teaspoon of salt, half a cup of golden raisins, two cups of diced apples, one teaspoon of vanilla, one teaspoon of apple pie spices, one stick let margarine. Mix flour, salt, baking powder and set aside. Mix sugar and beaten egg and add to the flour mixture. Add all other ingredients except margarine and mix well. Pour into a nine-inch pie dish or pan sprayed with Pam baking spray. Dots with patches of margarine. Bake at 325 degrees until firm. Serve with whipped cream.

A crisp sound and the look of diamonds

As January blows in its winter winds, from north or south, we look forward to seeing a soft white snowfall and enjoying our eyes and ears on the snow on a cold winter evening and letting it “speak” to us. There is a majesty, purity and magic in a snowfall. On a cold winter evening, the snow makes a crisp, crackling sound when the temperature drops and the street light and the sharp moonlight shine down on the newly fallen snow. It reflects on crystals and makes them shine like little diamonds. A gentle breeze blows so the outside world feels a little bit like a Klondike bar!

Keep water in the birdbath

Birds are active all winter and they also drink water in winter. We can make it easier for them to find water by emptying ice from the birdbaths and refilling fresh water when the temperature rises to above freezing every day. Repeat this activity and keep a close eye on the activity of the birds at the bath. Store food in the feeders and fill as needed.

Watering of winter plants and annuals

The annuals and perennials on the porch and deck need water in the winter, but not so much. Place your index finger in the medium in the containers, and when they feel dry, water until moist but not soaked with water. Watering too much will cause the medium to freeze and become harmful to the plants. A little water in the winter goes a long way.

Enjoy good hot coffee on the winter veranda

We are not referring to instant coffee, but fresh fresh coffee that is hot, black and strong that will awaken and encourage you while you sunbathe on the winter porch. A good cup of coffee begins with a very clean stainless steel peculator with a proven coffee brand and fresh cold water, not poured in, but measured after the cup with a full teaspoon of coffee for each cup of water. Sprinkle the coffee with salt to enhance the taste. Brew coffee until you can see it brown through the glass on the peculator, steam will flow through the spout with the aroma that only fresh coffee can produce. When drinking coffee, it is only hot that is good. We remember a tough exercise sergeant in Army basic training who said there were three things he hated in that order, and that was cold coffee, wet toilet paper, and interns. He was tougher than a railway tip, a good soldier and leader of men. He was tough, but always there for you.

Brighter days are coming

It may not look like that so early in the winter, but things get brighter every day, in fact a minute brighter every night. We’ve had a quarter of a day’s daylight since winter began in late December. The birds of winter seem to have noticed it, and they seem to be a little more active at bird baths and feeders.

Robins jumps around in January

Robins seem to be with us all year, and many of them show up all winter. We believe that most of them stay in our area and that everything we see looks well-fed, has lots of jumps and colors and certainly does not shake. There are probably hot, sunny days, and they definitely scratch food enough up. There are enough barns, sheds, outdoor buildings, overhangs of houses, hollow tree trunks, areas under buildings and even in piles of hay for them to find shelter, protection and warmth, certainly there are enough insects that overwinter to sustain them during winters . We hope they live long and thrive, for in winter they are a welcome reminder and a harbinger of spring.

Protection of the American Bible

American Bee Balm overwinters at the back of the porch away from the cold winter wind. It has been trimmed so we can protect it with a cover on frosty nights. We have a layer of crushed leaves around the bottom of the container and feed it with a handful of Flower-Tone organic flower feed once a month. On sunny days, we remove the cover and let it receive some sun. A small drink of water is all it needs. With only a small amount of winter protection, it will survive.

Pesky chickweed thrives in winter

Many weeds and grasses go to sleep in the winter, but bird food survives all winter, especially around the edges of the house and near where rose bushes grow. The biggest plus of chickweed is that it has low roots and can be easily pulled up and thrown out of the area.

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