DIY/ gardening

Winter Gardening

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Well we are officially in the doldrums of a dreary, grey winter.
And I find myself hopelessly dreaming of summer days in my garden…
…but with at least 4 more months until these days are a reality,
I had to find a way not to wish away the time.
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So what to do?
Bring the garden in.
That’s right.  Lighten up the days with life.
Get my hands in the dirt and plant something…there’s just nothing more therapeutic than that!
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Right now the greenhouses and big box hardware stores don’t offer a wide selection of plants,
but the ones that are there are perfect for indoor gardening.
Plants like ferns don’t require a lot of light (or care), so they are great for this time of year!
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Following the general rule for outdoor planting, I bought 3 ferns to plant indoors.
Grouping plants in odd numbers, with at least 3 plants, makes the greatest visual impact.
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And because I adore mason jars, I planted them in some that I had around the house.
I like the contrast of the dark soil with the bright green leaves.  Pretty.
If you plant in containers like this, just be careful with watering.
The jars don’t provide any drainage, so overwatering will drown them.
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I put mine on the counter of my eating bar, so you can see them from all angles of our living space.
Such a pretty pop of green.
And a great reminder that gardening season will return…it will…it always does!
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Happy gardening!

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    The Hubby
    January 30, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Adds a nice little touch of Spring to the house!

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    Lindsay @ Delighted Momma
    January 30, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    LOVE this!! Not only is it genius…but it looks pretty too!

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    alissa {33shadesofgreen}
    January 30, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Beautiful – A touch of green is perfect to get in the mood for Spring!

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    January 30, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Adorable idea, so vibrant and green.

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    Ali Richardson
    January 30, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    SO pretty!! I love planting things in clear containers 🙂

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    Shannon Baker
    January 30, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    So fresh and pretty! Love it.

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    January 31, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    I love those. I’m not very good with ferns, but this makes me want to try again.

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    January 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Gorgeous!!! Definitely the winter inspiration I needed 🙂

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    January 31, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Your ferns have such a nice green color to them. Very lovely!

    I have been itching for some gardening time as well. For now I am getting along with just planning the summer garden.

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    Kristle Jones
    January 31, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    I love the idea of adding some greenery in when the days are grey outside!

    xo Kristle

    PS ~ Found you on Tip Junkie

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    chateau chic
    January 31, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Love bringing the outdoor in, especially in the winter. That pop of live greenery is so refreshing.
    Glad to be your newest follower, Mary Alice

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    January 31, 2012 at 5:11 AM

    I think the dark soil in the mason jars is what makes this so pretty…so simple too…
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can!

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    renee @ Singing With Birds
    January 31, 2012 at 5:14 AM

    buying a fresh fern is my January, get me through winter tradition. i keep mine in a white soup tureen on my pub table. your right about the bright green and yours looks so pretty in your jars!

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    Edins House
    January 31, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Loving the fresh hit of green on your blog page, and in your living room! I think I’d better head to the HD and pick up a few little leafy pots for our house 🙂

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    January 31, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    So beautiful and fresh! Would love for you to stop by The Blackberry Vine and share at the Tuesday To Do Party!

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    Jennifer @ Town and Country Living
    February 3, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    I like the use of Mason jars. It’s kinda cool to see the soil.

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    February 3, 2012 at 3:50 AM

    I love that pop of green! This is such a cute post… I hope you will consider linking and joining me for Fresh-Cut Friday. This would be the perfect addition! 🙂


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    Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden
    February 3, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Love it! Great idea! We all need some “green” at this time of year! We have long winters here too!

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    February 4, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Thank you for joining in! 🙂 I’m so happy you did! 🙂


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    February 4, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    I want to do this! I’m soo ready for a pop of green, thanks for the idea.

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    February 6, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    I love the touch of fresh greenery in your home. Looks great!

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    A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
    February 7, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    @Debbie Thanks Debbie!

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    Jake Phillips
    April 18, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    That looks really great! I would love to try winter gardening as well. It’s a great way to relax from all the stress from work plus the best part is it changes the entire mood of your house.

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    Michael Shaul
    May 28, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    I also adore mason jars, but I think co2 buckets would be a better choice.

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    Aleah and Nick
    December 29, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Loving this sweet post. Ferns are a favorite and look so perfect in Mason jars!

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