Hello February, so long January! Did anyone else feel like January was the month that would never end? It sure seemed that way to me. I’m not sure why. I have a feeling the weather had a lot to do with my feelings towards January. I hate the cold. And we had a very cold January. I absolutely hate hate hate the cold. This girl is from South Florida and can’t handle when the temperatures drop below about 70F. And apparently, our garden doesn’t like it either.
We were doing pretty well until we had 2 or 3 nights with the temperatures below freezing. Then, one morning, we also woke up to a layer of frost on the ground and the houses, which also included the plants. The boys thought it was neat looking, but the plants didn’t like it.
We pulled some of the mint out of the ground and potted it to bring inside. With the temperatures dropping, I was worried that it would kill off all of our
For a while, I neglected our herbs inside. I kept forgetting to water the plants and most of them died. I have a reminder set in my phone to alert me when it’s time to water the plants, so they’ve been doing a lot better.
At this point, I don’t think the cilantro or dill are going to come back. The basil, parsley, and oregano all have signs of life and green leaves again.
We want to let them grow in just a bit more before we start using them in our meals again. Although I do grab a few pieces here and there if I need a green garnish.
A few weeks ago, we went out there and pulled as much as possible out of the ground in the garden beds. It was mostly weeds left. And by we, I mean Justin because it’s been too cold outside for me!
This month is going to be about finalizing our plans for the garden. There are a few things we may start in jars inside before transplanting them out to the garden.
In our area, it is suggested to start outdoor plants between March 1-15. Usually, by that time the threat of any frost has passed in our area so we should be good to plant in the yard.
The blackberry bush has also lost a lot of its leaves. I’m not sure what’s happening there since they usually do well in cooler climates. I’ll have to do a bit of research and see what we can do to help the plant.
Most of our outdoor plants aren’t doing well right now. The cold weather and frost don’t mix well with tropical plants. The ginger plants had stayed green until last week when the frost settled on them. There’s so much brown on them now, but we decided to leave it as a buffer for the leaves that are still green.
Justin said that he noticed the banana trees look like they are getting rotten on the inside. We may have to cut those back again depending on what happens with them in the next few weeks as the weather warms up again.
Every few weeks or so, Justin says he wants to pull that orange tree out in the corner because it has not grown in the four years we’ve lived in this house. That said, it’s still there. It’s green and
What’s New in the Garden?
I am so excited that we finally got a compost bin! Who thought I would be so excited about dirt and waste? We went through quite a time to get these bins. The package went missing with USPS, so we contacted Amazon and they sent another. Finally, after calling the post office and going through management, they located our packages. I think someone had tried to steal them because they had obviously been opened and closed again.
Either way, it took quite a bit longer than we anticipated, but we have a tumbler compost bin now! We have a stainless steel bowl that we keep on the counter near the sink and garbage can. We fill that and dump it in the bin every couple of days as it fills up, and give the bin a spin or two.
Favorite Garden Products
These are a few of the products we are using in our garden right now. We have both of the compost bins listed, just haven’t put the larger one outside yet.
- What’s the weather been like where you are?
- How are any of your plants handling this Polar Vortex coming through if you’re in the US?
- Have you ever tried composting? If not, what’s holding you back?