We have a lot of friends and family members dealing with what seems to be an endless winter. Here are three suggestions for ways to endure what seems to be the most horrific winter season ever:
1. Grow something inside the house. We have been starting tomatoes, peppers, basil, and other seedlings about this time every year for 14 years. A cheap heat-mat and gro-lite and you can see spring springing right in your house! Here is a closer view of the little tomato plant sprouts that appeared about 8 days after planting:
2. Grow plants that are brazen enough to flower when it’s freezing. Plant daffodils, snowdrops, winter aconites and crocus flowers and watch them pound their way through a crust of snow and ice. Meanwhile, here is the amazing hellebore, which will bloom as early as March in Zone 5B (okay, that means maybe late April in Chicago).
3. Believe that climate change is real and we’re causing it, and do something to reduce your carbon footprint and vote for people who have a brain. FYI, hotter air around the globe is causing more moisture to be held in the air. The added moisture fuels heavier precipitation in the form of more intense rain or snow. Add to that the rising ocean levels and melting polar regions, and we have a problem. Only we can work to solve it.