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When Winter Rolls In I Consult My Mississippi Gardener's Guide

Updated on June 1, 2014

I consult my Mississippi Gardeners Guide all year long to make the best use of my garden. Now that the weather is getting cooler in the night some of my potted garden plants were brought into the house. I have about 25 potted plants that are too young and tender to keep outside in the winter. Even living in a zone 8b the night air sometimes kills off the young one.

I plant the tops of pineapples every time we eat one, palm trees grown from seed I found, and some traditional house plant that stay outdoors in the warmer weather. I discovered by trial and error that potted plant need to come inside to vacation from the cold air. Once they are mature enough they can be planted in the ground and there roots are protected from changes in the air temperature. They look beautiful indoors or out.

After reading up on my seed planted palms I found out they need to be at least 5 feet tall to plant successfully in the ground. The weather where I lives stay fairly mild most of the winter, however we do have 5 to 10 days in February when the temperature drops to freezing at night. This is quickly followed my planting season about the last week of February.

During the winter months I tend my baby plants indoors until March when the return to the warmth of the sun in my garden. The winter months are spent recycling found object into useful garden decorations and planters. I do a lot of planting in pot since the grass and the trees grow close to the surface of the ground. This make digging difficult. Most of my trees have roots that are exposed on the surface of my yard, My grass is Bemuda which also grows on top the the soil, the runner tangle the surface and digging is near impossible.

The garden bed I have are elevated and hold the soil from the summer rains. Most of the plant remain green all winter long in the warm soil. Rarely does a winter day go by that I am not doing something in the garden or yard.

Keep Gardening Through The Winter

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Dimensions when built: 62 by 27 by 19 inches (h x l x w); each tier is 12-1/2 inches high

 
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Garden Activities All Winter Long

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Pineapple plants grown from the tops of fresh pineapples.I spray painted and stacked tires with smaller ones on top and used old deli trays to close the bottom.  Filled with soil they keep my plants warm.Notice my cement tiles on the ground, I used a plastic mold with cement then painted and sealed them.My Camellia Bush blooms from Christmas until March when the spring flowers bloom.  I use the flower for holiday flower arrangements.
Pineapple plants grown from the tops of fresh pineapples.
Pineapple plants grown from the tops of fresh pineapples.
I spray painted and stacked tires with smaller ones on top and used old deli trays to close the bottom.  Filled with soil they keep my plants warm.
I spray painted and stacked tires with smaller ones on top and used old deli trays to close the bottom. Filled with soil they keep my plants warm.
Notice my cement tiles on the ground, I used a plastic mold with cement then painted and sealed them.
Notice my cement tiles on the ground, I used a plastic mold with cement then painted and sealed them.
My Camellia Bush blooms from Christmas until March when the spring flowers bloom.  I use the flower for holiday flower arrangements.
My Camellia Bush blooms from Christmas until March when the spring flowers bloom. I use the flower for holiday flower arrangements.

What kind of gardening do you do over the winter months?

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    • Carol Houle profile image

      Carol Houle 

      4 years ago from Montreal

      Those tires could also be used to plant flowers or herbs, or hung from a tree in a child's yard. My first swing was just 2 ropes from a tree branch with a wooden plank.

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      I don't do much gardening over the winter because it's too cold, but I really like your tire idea. How much paint did it take to cover them?

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