Here in Portland, it's definitely time for some rainy day gardening! My back yard is a swamp! So what's a bored gardener with the winter blues to do? Plant some seeds! It's called winter sowing. To get started, read the FAQ for the winter sowing forum on Gardenweb: http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/wtrsow/. In addition to helping overcome the winter garden blues, winter sowing lets you start more seeds, because you don't have to start them during the busy spring gardening season. I started a few things last year using this technique, and I plan to do even more this year. Now if I could just find room for a potting bench in the house...
Rainy Day Gardening is brought to you by Meg and Janet, two librarians who like to play in the dirt.
Born and raised in Northern California, Janet started gardening when she was about 4 (mumble mumble years ago). After relocating to Portland, OR, she became a true rainy day gardener, gardening in the rainy Northwest for 14 years. In 2010, she picked up stakes (and other garden implements) and moved to Southern California, where rainy day gardening is a rarity. She now gardens on about 2/10 of an acre, growing vegetables, fruit, flowers, trees, shrubs, and a fine crop of weeds. Her interests include carnivorous plants, citrus, cottage gardening, her greenhouse, and anything edible.
Meg was born in South Carolina and raised all over the country (plus Japan!), but has been living in Seattle since 1992 and now considers it "home." She has only been gardening for about two years (just bought her first home) and is still in the learning stages. Her interests include bright colors, plants she can snack on while she's weeding, and learning how to keep things healthy and happy without using chemicals.