by Sandy Swegel
Yes, most of the country has been caught up in a polar vortex. Snow and ice are on the ground and you, the gardener, are stuck with nothing to garden.
There are still two flower seeds you can start outdoors now!
A friend who has gardened “naturally” for sixty years always has beautiful stands of poppies that I covet. She shared her secret for poppies and it works great for calendula too.
“Anytime after the new year, preferably the night before a big snow, spread a packet of seeds where you want the flowers to grow.”
That’s it. That’s all it takes. In nature’s time, the seeds will germinate and grow. Putting the seeds out before a snow helps both with giving a little moisture and with hiding the seeds from birds. But I’ve also had luck just throwing the seeds on hard snow.