Northern & Central Midwest
Plant Herbs Seeds
Plant seeds of herbs such as basil, cilantro, marjoram and chives every two weeks into sterile potting soil in a pot with drainage. Place in a south or southwest window. Keep cool, somewhat dry and don't fertilize. Snip regularly to keep plants full and stocky.
Give houseplants a bath every two to three weeks. This will give you a head start in warding off pest issues such as aphids, spider mites and whiteflies. Use tepid water from the shower or tap. Allow pots to drain fully and then move them back to their growing site
Plant Your Pineapple
Don't discard that pineapple top. Use it to grow an interesting houseplant. Cut off one-half inch below the leaf cluster. Trim the outer portion, leaving the stringy core attached. Allow to dry two days and then pot in vermiculite, sand or perlite. When rooted (six to eight weeks), pot in sterile potting soil.
Seed catalogs are on their way. Get your order in early in order to have seeds to start indoors. Most companies offer discounts for early orders. Combine orders with your friends to avoid extra shipping costs. Once you pick your seeds from the catalog, order on-line for efficiency.
Remove Snow Gently
Snow and ice are coming. When it piles on evergreens, gently brush it off. Take a rake or broom and push up from underneath branches to dislodge it. Shaking the branches may damage or break the limbs. Once it freezes on a branch, let nature thaw it.