Saturday, January 22, 2011

Winter Sowing

From Evelyn:

Winter sowing is a method of starting seeds by using used milk cartons and other recycled plastic containers to plant them up in winter and set them outside to sprout. This cuts down on room in the house taken up by seed containers (handy if your spouse isn't a gardener) and helps some seeds germinate by going through the freeze/thaw cycle.

A friend had a lot of success with this last year so I was potting up a few things and checking out YouTube and thought I would pass this on for inspiration:

There is also a forum at Gardenweb:

and a website dedicated to it:

This is a nice way to start the gardening season before we can do much outside.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Free Admission at Cheekwood

Dear Fellow Gardeners,

I hope you've all had a wonderful holiday, and enjoyed our lovely snowy landscapes;) Just thought I would pass this news along:

Tomorrow in honor of Bill Haslam being elected, numerous places in Nashville like the Frist are offering discounted or even free admission. I was planning on going to Cheekwood anyway to see everything in its snowy splendor (before it all melts next week). I just called their offices to confirm that tomorrow the admission is free and they are open 9:30 to 4:30, with a tour of the mansion at 1PM.

Can't wait to see everyone at the Feb meeting:)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Williamson Master Gardener Classes

The Williamson Master Gardeners are starting their classes next Tuesday, the 18th,  at 6pm at the Ag Center on I-65.  Most, if not all, of the classes will be Tuesdays at 6pm.  Even though they have filled their 100 students, they still have room so they are allowing more in.  If you are interested, please contact them for details:

The schedule is at:

The first class was snowed out so you haven't missed any yet.  If you are already a Master Gardener you may attend any of the classes for free.