Thursday, February 13, 2014

How to bring some life to a long, cold winter...

This winter has been a cold one for central Iowa and much of the country.

Do you have spring fever yet?

I planted paper whites to help me get some signs of life in the house, and I love the springtime feel they bring to my kitchen.

These bulbs were blooming within approximately 10 days from planting.

To plant some yourself, fill a container with small rocks (no need for messy potting soil) and cover the bulbs at least halfway. (roots down/green shoots up)

They need enough water to reach the bottom of the bulbs, but not much higher. If there is too much water, the bulbs can get soft and rot. I have only watered them a few times in the past 3 weeks.

I love the quick transformation...

I also made a couple of terrariums. My great-grandmother made terrariums and sold them from her home in the 1970s. She would have been in her 70s at the time, which is amazing to me.

I googled instructions for making a terrarium. You need rocks, charcoal, potting soil and small plants. Almost any glass container will work. I had fun picking out some pretty ones.

Get in touch with your green thumb and plant something!   It feels wonderful during this long winter!