A Cold Winter Day
Sometimes it feels as if winter will never end. Last week when this photo was taken, we ended twelve consecutive days of overcast and cloudy weather. I'll say it again, twelve days of consecutive overcast days. It really is not that cold outside, but the low clouds are the worst. Walking the dogs in the dead of winter brings me out of the house, off the phone and away from the internet. I am always energized when I come home.
Look how green the leaf is!
The other trick I use to survive winter is indoor gardening, I know what a surprise! Look at the amazing rich green color of this leaf, it is so alive. It makes me happy. I bought the new iphone 7plus and can not believe the beautiful pictures that it takes! On a sad note, in early January they placed the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee on the endangered species list. I will talk more about this on a later post, but I'm going in search of one this summer. They have been sighted in Milwaukee and I would love to see one. Bumble bees are awesome, have you ever spent time just following one around your flowers? Try it, watch as they become covered in pollen while doing their important work.
I started my Aerogarden a few months ago and have had success with herbs and lettuce. I then added another grow light and started playing with simple hydroponics. I have been missing my favorite squash so I started a few in red solo cups not knowing what would happen with them. To my surprise, two female squash appeared! The problem with two female squash is that you need the pollen from a male flower to pollinate the squash. Typically, a squash plant will produce male flowers for a few weeks before the female flowers emerge. This plant, by growing under false lighting and cool temperatures in the basement produced two female squash. Lucky for me my second plant produced a male flower.
What I had to do was to take a paint brush and remove some of the pollen from the inside of the male flower and then I broke into the closed female flower and painted the pollen on the inside of the flower. I also moved the plant with the female only flowers over to the Aerogarden that has the superior grow light.
The above picture shows the growth of the squash. I know, it is growing in a Cool Whip container... That is the second part of the experiment. The seeds were planted in a potting medium in a cup with holes in the bottom and then placed in a cup and then a Cool Whip container with nutrient dense water in it. The roots have grown out of the cup and into the water, taking up nutrients and thus requiring a lot less growing medium or soil.
That is all for now, I am going to doing some Winter Sowing of flowers this morning and I'll post on that next week. Only 93 days until the last frost!