In this week’s episode, our topics ranged from winter sowing to direct sowing to gardens in England to… another “Minute with Masha.” Dee could—perhaps should— write an entire blog post about what happens when a gardener adopts a kitten and the kitten learns about plants and jigsaw puzzles! (Feel free to encourage Dee to do just that with a comment below.)
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Now, where were we?
We were getting ready to share a whole bunch of links!
If you want to know more about winter sowing check out the PennState Extension website. They have a nice article about it.
You can also visit our friend Susan Mulvilhill's website for more winter sowing info. She’s also the author of two books... The Vegetable Garden Problem Solver Handbook: Identify and manage diseases and other common problems on edible plants (Amazon link) coming out Feb. 7, and The Vegetable Garden Pest Handbook: Identify and Solve Common Pest Problems on Edible Plants - All Natural Solutions! (Amazon Link).
We really don’t have a bunch of links for direct sowing in the vegetable garden, but we did mention my post from last year about growing lettuce in the garden.
On the Bookshelf:
We were pleased to review Secret Gardens of the South East: A Private Tour by Barbara Segall (Amazon link). We know Barbara through GardenComm and love her new book. It’s filled with witty writing and great pictures. Who wouldn’t want to read a book about gardens in England that starts off with a mention of “naughty postcards?” Now you’re curious!
A few other "Secret Gardens" books in the series include Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds, (Amazon Link), Secret Gardens of East Anglia (Amazon Link), and Secret Gardens of Somerset (Amazon Link)
Our main dirt this week is Farmer's Defense protective sleeves (affiliate link). I bought some after a friend from my garden club recommended them last fall, and now Dee’s going to get some too. They’re made from recycled plastic bottles and protect your arms from the sun, plant saps, bugs, etc. without overheating you. You can check out their website for gardening hats and gardening aprons too.
I ran into another lost lady of garden writing, Bebe Miles, while browsing at a local antique mall. Dee is putting together jigsaw puzzles, even though her kids tell her that’s an old lady hobby. It isn’t!
One last thing… two links to Instagram… Dee mentioned following Sally Clarkson on Instagram after we used one of her quotes, and we promised a link. Promise fulfilled! And I posted a picture of my Lego Bird of Paradise on my Instagram if you want to see it. (I was going to make my Lego creation the picture for this newsletter, but then Masha… you know how it is with cats and the internet.).
Here’s a bonus picture of Masha being a sweet kitty after she finished inspecting the roses.
Dee says the roses survived Masha’s inspection of them.
And that’s it for this newsletter. Listen to this week's episode for the rest!
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I love the show, look forward to it every week!! I also wanted to share this link for a really great seed/plant spacer that I use and love, since Carol mentioned those ones she never used. This one covers everything. I planted 81 cloves of garlic and shallots with it this fall, it made it go so fast. Happy gardening! Seeding Square – Seed Sowing... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00US8ESWK?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I love a Minute with Masha! Cats and gardeners are a natural!