January 2007
Home Grown Tomatoes

Gardening in January?

Of course! In the early days of winter I enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities. In fact, right now is a great time to plant new trees and shrubs. Perhaps you have some old shrubs that have overgrown their perfect spot and they need to be moved. Now is the perfect time for these chores.

It’s not too late to plant those spring blooming bulbs. I would place them in the refrigerator for a few weeks first.

Remember, we get spring teaser weather in January along with tornadoes, snow and ice storms. The spring teasers just offer elation, followed by rapid disappointment when the cold weather comes back.

Today, as I write this article, I’m enjoying seventy-one degrees, sitting on my deck in shorts and a tee shirt with fingers pecking away at the keyboard of the laptop.

Just a few days ago, I had to scurry to cover, bring in and otherwise protect all of my plants that I was going to save for next year. The temperature was on its way down to fourteen degrees for a few nights...spring teasers!

I don’t let the cold weather get me down, though I’d rather be in the Yucatan right now.

Outdoor living doesn’t stop for me just because the weather is cold outside. The popularity of outdoor living is growing rapidly across the country thanks to Home and Garden Television, Food Network and lots of radio shows such as Home Grown Tomatoes.

Just because it will be forty-two degrees on a Sunday afternoon doesn’t mean you have to put off your gathering. Take the party outside to the patio!

All you have to do is use a little strategy in the placement of your hardware. Place the grill in the center of the patio so more folks can gather around for a warm-up. This will also make you the star cook and you will be the center of attention, without being obnoxious, thus allowing you to be the meeter and greeter of your event with ease.

Place the keg and bar away from any heat source on your patio. This will aid in keeping your friends sober and hanging out with you and not the keg.

If you have an open fire pit or chiminea, place a few chairs near the heat source so your guests can sit for a while and remain outside. Offer them chef’s samples while you’re cooking to wet their appetites until serving time. Serve your guests indoors during cold weather. After all, they did endure the outdoor living experience with you for awhile.

If your local radio station isn’t carrying Home Grown Tomatoes yet, call them and request it!

For more on these and other gardening tips, log on to http://HGTradio.net.