It is around this time every winter that I really start to miss planting. It has really only been about a month since last the shovel met the soil (trees went in the week after Thanksgiving), but I am really starting to miss it now that the days are lengthening a bit and cabin fever is starting to settle in. It's like a slow awakening to spring that ignores winter as if it is simply an annoyance to wade through.
Once the ground is frozen solid though, outdoors is not an option. If you have a wee bit of light though (or can hang some lighting from a shelf), you can absolutely get a little planting in these long days of winter. Here are two of my "tide me over" planting strategies.
CuttingsIf you brought in a few plants from the porch at the end of summer, they are probably starting to look a little scraggly. This is the time of year that I trim up those plants, making sure to get 6-8" pieces to use as cuttings. Sweet potato vine, in particular, does very well with a fresh start. The roots will grow in the water and make for a pretty addition to the kitchen sink for weeks and weeks. They can be discarded, sometimes planted into a pot again or planted out in spring. Your choice.
I've also gotten the chance to test a new watering system for cuttings and thus far, it has worked out well for coleus and sweet potato vine cuttings. ( Southern Patio Self-Watering Pot Insert - see below) The cuttings are not actively putting on a lot of new growth, but they are holding steady, which is more than I can say for the declining sweet potato vines in my other pots at the moments (those have turned mainly into cuttings now!)