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4 Plants to Start Cultivating Inside Your Garden Home in January

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Get a Head Start on Your Spring Courtyard Garden Cultivating These 4 Plants Inside this Winter

Cold weather can have you ready to hang up your green thumb until warmer days prevail, but why not bring the green inside your beautiful Gardens at Verde Vista courtyard garden home or villa. You’ll not only reap the benefits of having more plant life to clean the indoor air, but also brighten up your home with a little greenery. If you’re an avid gardener, this is a great time to get a jumpstart on your spring transplants for your courtyard garden.

Now is a great time to order the seeds you want to grow in your spring garden so you can begin sowing them indoors in January. You can start a number of vegetables from seed that will transplant well outside garden cottages in Georgetown with the exception of root vegetables.

Tomatoes – Often a favorite for any horticulturist, the most discerning of tomato lovers know that there is nothing better than a tomato picked fresh from the garden. Start a few types from seed to prepare to transplant in early spring, which happens to usually be late February in Central Texas.

Peppers – There so many varieties of peppers: sweet, spicy, hot, mild, all that add great flavors when cooking. Try starting a few varieties from seeds that you’ll enjoy cooking with once you harvest.

Herbs – While most of your herbs will fare well outside even in cooler weather, you may want to consider bringing your herbs in pots in during the coldest months. Bay in particular, is one that is a little less resistant to cold temps. If you’re just beginning a herb garden, now is a great time to start cultivating your favorite flavors indoors.

Dwarf Lemon TreesThese little trees are beautiful to look at and bare delicious citrus fruit you can use in your cooking and drinks. If you want to be able to harvest fruit right away, it’s best to buy a tree that is already 2-3 years old vs. starting from a seed. Lemon trees require 8-12 hours of sunlight a day and should maintain a temperature between 55 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit. You will also need to water regularly and mist the leaves.

For plants that you are growing from seed to germinate, it’s best to keep them warm at 70-75 degrees with enough lighting. If there isn’t enough warmth you may need to consider getting a heated under plate warmer, or if there isn’t enough natural lighting for about 6 hours of direct sunlight a day, you’ll want to add some supplemental lighting like a growing light. Make sure lights are no more than two to three inches above the seedlings. Once the seedlings are growing though, they fair better in a cooler temperature around 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once spring arrives, you’ll want to be sure to harden off your transplants, which means exposing them to slightly cooler temperatures and drier conditions before putting them into your Gardens at Verde Vista courtyard garden or transplanting them into a larger outdoor container pot. Keep in mind, it’s best to do the hardening gradually over a period of days by exposing them to new elements over an increasing number of hours. Transplanting should take place a few weeks after the last freeze.

The exclusive Gardens at Verde Vista turn-key garden homes and villas offer ample space for indoor and outdoor gardening with the stunning courtyard entries and spacious open living areas.

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