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Garden Update: February 2019

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.

Herb Garden

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 mint. This is inside for now, but once the weather is better, we will move it back outside.

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.

Backyard Plants

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 alive but just hasn’t grown.

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.

Your Turn

  • 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?

23 thoughts on “Garden Update: February 2019”

    1. We use basil a lot in our cooking, so it’s nice to be able to grab some fresh. Luckily the herbs don’t take up much space and grow quickly.

    1. We had to get one that spins. We had a regular bin before and were so bad about turning it that everything was just gross. This makes it much easier to do and remember.

  1. I have so many thoughts! Your compost bins are fabulous and I do hope you will write more about what made you choose them. That’s awesome you do phone alarms for reminding you to water the plants, totally something I do!!
    Can’t wait to see what happens with your garden as we move into spring!

    1. I plan to do a review of the compost bins after we have them for a while. I just got these in about two weeks ago, so we haven’t had a chance to get actual compost from them yet!

    1. Our weather is so up and down here, the only things that usually last all year are the potted plants. The summer heat is too intense for the herbs, and the few times we hit freezing in the winter kill off everything, too.

    1. I was never much of a garden person growing up. That was my sister. But I love the idea of growing your own food, so that’s what keeps me motivated!

  2. I would love to have small set of herb plants since we dont have enough space. My 4 year old has an inclination towards planting and gardening. He was quite impressed looking at pictures.

    1. My boys are 3 and 5 and also enjoy working in the garden with us. Luckily the herbs don’t take up a lot of space if you wanted to try growing a few.

  3. we had a really harsh winter here as well and even though we dont have any plants except a lemon tree in a pot we heard all sorts of horror stories from friends that lost most of their plants this year :/

    1. Our winter has been cold, but in South Texas, that means we’ve been in the 40s and 50s. I know places that have feet of snow, luckily not us because I hate the cold. But, we do get a few nights that go below freezing and that is when we lose most of our tropical plants here.

    1. Really? So many people I know say it seems to have been so slow. I think because around here we don’t like the cold weather and January has been so cold. And the kids started back at school later this year after winter break than usual, so it’s seemed longer.

  4. I’m in an apartment and.m can’t have a compost bin. I can’t wait until I move and have the ability to grow herbs and vegetables! Your garden is inspiring.

  5. Omg love it!!!!! I have always wanted to start a garden. However, I can’t even keep flowers alive so I’m amtoo scared my garden work have the same fate lol

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