Herb Planting, Groundcovers, Re-Growing Romaine Lettuce and Other Vegetables
by Ferida Wolff
Groundcover Plants Add to a Garden
I have pachysandra growing in my backyard. It is flowering now; delicate white blossoms are peeking out from their green leaves. Pachysandra is a groundcover plant. Groundcover is exactly what it says — a plant that covers the ground. It spreads easily and makes the space where it’s planted a garden feature.
We have another groundcover in our front yard, too. It is Vinca or periwinkle, a plant that sprouts little purple flowers and can take over a lawn.
I love the way these plants seem to take care of themselves. Whatever the season, they bring green vibrancy to the area where they grow. In Spring, they send up flowers that are a nice reminder of what is ahead. In Winter, they remain green under the snow and slough off the frigid temperatures. The rest of the year they just grow — and spread — as the garden goes through its cycles.
Editor's Note: Ferida added this gem about a type of sprouting and planting we expect to love and profit from:
"I just put in potatoes that were growing on my windowsill. Now I have lettuce heads to transfer. I just cut off the bottoms of romaine lettuce and put them in water. Now they are growing, sending up leaves and setting down roots! Very exciting."
We realized that not many have heard about this phenomenon which apparently also extends to celery and green onions. Consequently, we did a little investigating and found these posts with similar advice:
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