Focus on Fresh To Brighten Up The Last Days of Winter!
Container gardens are a wonderful way to add a touch of nature to your home, even in the middle of winter. If you live in a colder climate, you may think that it’s not possible to have a vibrant and beautiful garden during the winter months. However, with a little planning and care, you can create a stunning container garden that will lift your mood and keep your healthy New Year goals on track!
Choose Plants That Will Boost Your Mood in Winter:
When selecting plants for your winter container garden, choose bright and cheerful plants that will boost your mood and be able to thrive in a winter climate. Try choosing flowers that come in bright, warm colors such as daisy, pansy, and viola. Or, choose a selection of herbs such as parsley, rosemary, and lavender that you can use in your home-cooked dishes. Even trees, shrubs, and vines can add cheer and dimension to your winter container garden. For example, a dwarf ornamental cherry tree will provide bursts of pinks and whites with its flowers in the spring.
Keep Healthy With Home Grown Green Smoothies:
You can give your diet an extra boost with a home grown green smoothie. Grow your own smoothies with strawberries, arugula, kale, spinach, and lettuce. Green smoothies are delicious, nutritious, and can thrive indoors in the cold months of winter. To give your smoothies an extra punch of nutrition add quick growing microgreens. Pea microgreens for example, are great for smoothies because they are highly nutritious. Not only do they contain natural protein, pea microgreens have seven times the vitamin C of blueberries. They are also a good source of beta carotene, flavonoids and polyphenols, which have anticarcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Tatsoi - Celebrate the Lunar New Year with an Asian Leafy Green
Tatsoi is a crunchy, flavorful Asian leafy green that loves cool weather and thrives in containers. This is one of the most versatile vegetables for a winter container garden. You can eat the dark, spoon-shaped leaves in salads or stir-frys. You can also eat the stalks by using them as you would celery. Tatsoi is low in calories and high in nutrients, making it an excellent addition to your home-cooked dishes. Best of all? You can begin harvesting the leaves in only 3-4 weeks! Check out our Organic Tatsoi Garden Kit for everything you need to get started.
Commit to Heart Healthy Living By Incorporating Root Vegetables
February is American Heart Month, to focus attention on the importance of cardiovascular health. Commit this month to eating more heart healthy foods and get the ball rolling with a heart healthy garden. Root vegetables like carrots, beets, radishes, and turnips can all be grown in containers and raised beds. Plant root vegetables in February by seeds and keep them in your sunniest spot. As the days get longer and brighter your plants will begin to thrive. By April, you’ll be harvesting fresh and delicious root vegetables, ready to give you that heart healthy boost!
Uplift Your Energy With Mint:
Start Summer Garden Seeds in February:
February is the perfect time to start planning for your summer garden. Start your summer garden seeds in February and you’ll be ready to start planting outdoors in the warmer months. Start seeds in small containers, following the directions on the packet to ensure you plant them at the correct depth. This is a great way to get a jump start on your summer garden and ensure you’re ready for the next growing season. Use this month to do all your summer garden planning. Check out our free Winter Workbook to get organized.
You’ve Got This!
With a little planning and care, you can create a stunning winter container garden that will bring life and energy into your home, even in the middle of winter. With these 6 tips, you’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful and vibrant garden throughout the cold winter months, while also enjoying the tastes and scents of your home-grown produce. So don’t let the winter blues get you down – take the time to plan and create your own container oasis to start the new year!
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Founder, Hortiki Plants