This post originally appeared on Gardening Know How as an invited guest blog. The version here is the same, with the addition of a couple more photos.
I have long been fascinated by seeds, as my elementary school self with her shoebox full of horse-chestnuts (Aesculus hippocastanum) can attest. It turns out this fascination served me well when I became a graduate student. As part of my research on different methods to control downy brome (Bromus tectorum), I counted thousands and thousands of downy brome seeds to document the effects of those different methods. If you’ve ever wondered what a plant science graduate student does, you can bet that counting seeds is part of it.
Walking across campus this week, I just couldn’t help but pick up a few horse chestnuts.
With yesterday being the first official day of spring, a lot of people’s thoughts turn to gardening. Maybe you’ve still got snow where you live, but you’re itching to see something green. Or maybe it has felt like spring for a couple weeks now, but you’re wondering when it will be safe to start planting. To help answer some of your questions, or satisfy your need for green, I’ve rounded up some of my “getting ready to garden” posts:
When Can I Plant?
Bucket Gardening 101 and Bucket Gardening Video
The Dirt on Soil
Starting Seeds Indoors (1)
Starting Seeds Indoors (2)
Hardening Off Plants
I’m interested to know what the gardening timeline looks like in your neck of the woods. Is it at your doorstep? Or still only a distant dream?
Either way, when the time comes, Happy Gardening!
Around this time of year I always get anxious to get gardening. This is generally the time when things start thawing out around here – but, as we know, this has been one weird winter and things were thawing in February. Continue reading