During the winter when passionate gardeners like us can’t be out in our gardens, what activities are good stand-ins? Planning our gardens, reading books about gardening, starting seeds, and listening to other people talk about gardening on podcasts. Do you sense a theme here?
We can get our needed daily or weekly dose of gardening through other sources. In fact, my sanity depends upon getting my minimum daily requirement of gardening all year round.
(I completely understand if the term gardening addict just jumped into your mind. I never said I wasn’t crazy about gardening, did I?)
I recently shared five gardening books to put on your winter reading list. These are great for cold, dark winter nights.
But, there are certain situations in which it’s difficult to read a book – taking a walk, painting your guest room, working on an art project, cooking dinner, driving the car…
Luckily, that’s where podcasts come in. If you haven’t jumped on the podcast listening bandwagon yet, make 2017 your year. They’re easy to access, especially if you have a smart phone, and there are hundreds of thousands of podcasts out there on every subject imaginable, including gardening.
Over the years I’ve researched and listened to many gardening podcasts. And I’ve even been a guest on some of them. Here are my favorites. I encourage you to spend some of your winter free time exploring and listening to them in the coming weeks.
If gardening is a big part of your life in spring, summer, and fall, the arrival of winter gifts you with a lot more free time in your schedule. What’s a gardener to do? Read voraciously! Or, at least, that’s what this gardener does.
Even as a child I have many memories of visiting the local library every week and picking out the books I wanted my mom to read to me. There were always neat stacks of books around the house, mostly from the library. I have another memory of standing in the young adult room in our neighborhood’s library and thinking to myself, “I think I’ve read all of these books. There’s nothing left to read.”
That, of course, was not true. And that’s one of the things I love about reading – there are always new books to read. In fact, I recently read a statistic that said over 4,000 books are released every single day. That makes my heart happy! I know that for as long as I live I’ll never run out of books to read.
My favorite winter activity is sitting in front of my woodstove with a my feet up close to the fire and a book in my hands. There is no better way to spend the evening in my opinion. I read a lot of fiction, but I also read non-fiction, business books, and of course, gardening books!
Since winter is the season of reading, I thought I’d share five of my favorite gardening books. Request them from your local library, or purchase them from a local bookstore. Then curl up with a cup of tea, a comfy blanket, and a cozy chair. The woodstove is optional!
One of the most difficult parts of winter for me is the total lack of color outside in my yard. My vegetable and perennial gardens are huge pops of color that bring me a deep joy all season long. When the gray days of winter set in I start to feel visually depressed.
This fall, when I was bringing some of my houseplants back inside I started to think about how I could recreate the feeling of a garden inside my house. In the past, we had all of our houseplants spread throughout our house in various rooms. One day while I was puttering around I had a flash of inspiration – I wanted to create a jungle of houseplants around my dining room table!
Our dining and living rooms are one big area and it’s where we spend a lot of time hanging out near the woodstove, reading, entertaining friends, and watching movies. We also sit down at our table every night and eat dinner together.
What better place to create a plant jungle?