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  • Winter Sowing Lavender Seeds in Zone 6/7

    Lavender can be one of the most frustrating plants that I grow from seed. All over the internet, you’ll see tales of growers who dream of rows of fragrance lavender, but have failed to get it to germinate. Fortunately for me, I had already discovered the winter sowing method when I first tried to grow lavender. Winter sowing lavender works exceptionally well. In general, lavender seeds need a little bit of special treatment to get them to germinate. Most people who start them indoors recommend a period of cold moist treatment  before attempting to sow the seeds. Luckily for us, the winter sowing method will provide those conditions without any…

  • The Beginning of the Winter Sowing Season

    It’s that time again – time to start thinking about winter sowing! Hooray! I’m so excited! In the past, I’ve only winter sowed using milk jugs and other containers. Last year, I ended up with well over 200 bottles sitting in the backyard – it was a complete mess! This year, I’ve decided to try something a little different. Instead of milk jugs, I’ll be using seed starting trays and a small low tunnel covered in plastic. Even though I’ve never seen anyone do this before, my gardening instinct tells me that this method will also be successful. Sometime next week, I hope to post about my seed starting set…

  • Over the Past Week – Bouquets and More

    Hi Lovelies, I honestly don’t know when the last time that I updated the ole’ blog was, but it legitimately feels like it has been way too long! I’ve been busy trying to take dahlia cuttings and generally getting myself together so that I’ll actually be ready when it comes time to plant things. I thought it might be fun, or at least entertaining, to take a look at some of the projects that I got myself into over the past week. Hope you’re having a really great day! 🙂

  • Growing ‘Precious’ Dahlias

    Hi Lovelies, Well, September is finally here and that means that there’s something very special happening – the dahlias are in full bloom! Even though I don’t have as much space for dahlias as I would like, I’m loving what I did plant. Dahlia tubers can sometimes be on the more expensive side. Well, I guess that’s subjective. To me, anything more than about $3 is a little too much for my wallet to handle. When you pair a common price tag of around $6 per tuber with a full-blown dahlia obsession this spells terrible news for your budget. Sure, you can take cuttings from the tubers for more plants if…