What to Grow in the Winter

What to Grow in the Winter

Some people might think gardeners have an offseason.  Some may, but not the Goddess.  I have found ways to keep up with gardening by trying to grow different things in the winter months.  The last few years my curiosity has gone to Fruit trees.  If anyone has seen the movie Red(stands for Retired Extremely Dangerous), it stars Bruce Willis as a retired agent.  He starts a phone relationship with Sarah Ross a worker at the General Services Administration’s Pension Office played by Mary-Lousie Parker, please check it out, it has a sequel, best movie.  Anyways to get back to the point. In one the scenes, they are talking on the phone and you see Bruce’s character has started to grow an avocado tree from seed.  Yes, that got me thinking.  I started to researched how to grow an avocado tree.(click here for instructions). It can take 3 to 7 years for a tree to produce fruit, some might never. I have started two and they are in the third year, I am hoping I will have fruit this year. So in the interest of this blog, I have decided to start another and give weekly updates. The Goddess in me knows mine will produce fruit, before seven years.  When I went to started it (picture above) the first one I split in half.  I had to go outside and dumpster dive for the other avocado, then I realized I had just thrown it out and it was inside the house in the garbage.  The lengths I will go to for this blog. Back to growing the avocado.  As in the picture above put 2 to 3 toothpicks, in my case I used bamboo skewers(probably why it split) have them slightly down;  Make sure you have the root part facing down. The seed is not as hard as you might think. Place in a glass filled with water, making sure the water covers the bottom half.  Place in a bright but not direct sun location. And now we wait…

21 thoughts on “What to Grow in the Winter

  1. Very interesting! You must have the patience of a Saint….I would be so frustrated if my avocado didn’t bear any fruit after all those years.

  2. Shelley- this is amazing! Need to try this trick especially since I consider avocados to be a basic food group 😉 Also, love your blog header, it is hilarious!

  3. I didn’t know avocado trees can survive in cold climate.

  4. First of all, I love the name of your blog, “The Goddess of Gardening”. I am not much of a gardener, but your blog inspires me to want to start gardening. Great blog post!

  5. You are a patient goddesss, Shelley. I’ve heard you can do the same thing with lettuce, is that true?

    • Post Author sschaubel

      Yes you can Marcus, in the upcoming weeks I will be getting my grow lights out and ready for spring planting and will cover it.

  6. I might actually try this, seems like a simple project with a nice reward! My family loves avocadoes. I think if I start this project my grandma would love take care of it. She’s very patient and loves seeing things progress.

  7. I didn’t know much about Avocado, yet subsequent to perusing your blog, i may attempt to grow one. Thanks Shelly.

  8. Your posts are so well done! Keep up the amazing work!

  9. I think I know what I’ll try growing and it’ll be cool to have my own grown avocado in my salad 🙂

  10. I didn’t even know it was possible to grow things in the winter! Very interesting read.

  11. Oh my God, I love avocado! Thank you for sharing this Shelley, I had no idea that it takes 3-7 years for a tree to produce fruits. But it worths for avocado. I will definitely apply it if I have a garden:)

  12. Shelley, can you teach me how to grow my herbs in winter?

  13. This is so interesting, I would never come up with the idea to grow avocado, thank you for the tip! Will definitely try some day.

  14. Wow Shelley. I actually have a tree growing in my kitchen right now too. It’s an oak tree, so no fruit, but I can relate to the patience and care it takes.
    Looking forward to checking back in here soon.
    Thank you Goddess for sharing your wisdom.

  15. thank you for sharing your gardening wisdom with us~

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