Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family to yours!
We spend our spring and summer with our hands, and for some like me even our toes, in the warm rich soil. Planting, watering, and harvesting while enjoying that beautiful sunshine. So, what do we do in the colder months while we wait for the waking of our spaces in spring?
Some gardeners grow fall veggies and have greenhouses that they have filled with all kinds of wonderful plants to keep the winter blues at bay. For the rest of us this time of year means cleaning up, tucking away, and dreaming of next spring and garden plans. It’s a great time to work on conditioning your soil, moving any containers that need moving and taking stock of seeds and supplies. Another important project that a lot of people tend to forget about is sanitizing your tools. Rubbing alcohol works great, followed by some lubrication on shears and other moving parts.
My mind turns to indoor gardening this time of year. There are several plants that can be grown indoors for beauty as well as culinary purposes. Herbs make great indoor plants, and they are very versatile. You can use them in your favorite recipes, making essential oils, and even tinctures. Tri-color sage makes a beautiful addition to your indoor herb garden and the colors are stunning. Other herbs to keep in mind that grow great indoors are Thyme, Rosemary, and Oregano. Having fresh herbs in winter for your Holiday meals is amazing and they make great gifts as well.
If you’re looking for color to brighten your indoors Cyclamen are perfect and come in a variety of colors. Christmas Cactus are another great option. Unlike most indoor plants Christmas Cactus prefer cooler temperatures and longer nights which makes it perfect for growing this time of year.
Poinsettias are the traditional indoor plant for the Holiday season and here at Ashland Greenhouses we grow thousands of beautiful Poinsettias in the most spectacular variety of colors. Don’t take my word for it, come to our Poinsettia Festival which takes place on December 2nd from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ashland Greenhouses! More information on this event can be found on our website, www.AshlandGreenhouses.com. Or you can reach us at 541-482-2866.