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Heirloom Expert: How to Cure a Gardener’s Cabin Fever

Do you ever get a little stir crazy with cabin fever while waiting to get back in the garden? There are some ways to get in the gardening spirit in winter.

| Winter 2015-16


  • Photo by fotolia/Marccophoto

Dear Doug,

I was glad to get a break from the garden; that lasted about a month, and now I’ve already got cabin fever. Do you have any suggestions on some garden jobs while the ground is covered in snow? I love to experiment, so I’m up for anything. Thanks in advance for your help.

Diana from Pennsylvania

Diana, I’m in Pennsylvania, too, here’s a few fun things to think about to help get your gardening fix and cure cabin fever.



Very small seeds like begonias or impatiens are surface sowed indoors at the end of January. It’s a little more complicated than the way we plant tomato or pepper seeds. Start with some planting mix from a good garden center. Moisten it first before filling your containers. Put the mix in a tub or tray and add water. Get your hands nice and dirty, mixing the two together until the mixture is moist but not dripping.

Put the moist mix into containers with drainage and gently pat it down. Sprinkle the seeds on top of the mix. I like to spray the seeds softly with water and then push them into the mix with a small piece of wood.






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