Well, the other day my neighbor and I, fellow porch farmers, got the plants off the porch for the winter. It’s OK but I like seeing plants inside and outside, ones with flowers and leaves on them. It lets you know that there is something big and magical at work out there and it makes you feel good in the process. I have harvested my hot Tabasco peppers and they are hanging in the basement to dry, those will be good in chili and spicing up some other dishes. My friends and I used to share our peppers with each other to see who had the hottest and who could eat the most of them. One of my buddies was nuts, he would eat them sweat pouring down his face like a waterfall, and the whole time he is telling you how good they are. I once had these peppers, they were called “Ring of Fire” they were tiny and looked like little, old style Christmas light bulbs, they were green, purple, and, red, and they grew pointing straight up. Man-o-man they were hot with a capital h, a capital o, and a capital t. My buddy that I mentioned above was even hesitant and prudent about eating these.
I generally throw out my soil from the plants on the porch, I figure that natural stuff like soil does a landfill good. Maybe it helps break down some of the other trash that is in there. Several of my plants I do bring in, not to have growing with my indoor plants, but to store them for the winter. Yeah, you read that right, to store them for the winter. (If you decide to bring some plants in, be sure to get them in before you have a frost and they freeze.)
A few years ago I was up at my Dad’s house in the spring and he asked me to bring up the geraniums from the basement. I said, what? He said, “yeah, they are over by the window towards the front of the house.” OK, I went down there and there were maybe ten to twelve plants, so, I brought them up and we put them on the patio. They had lost their leaves, had no flowers on them, and they looked dead. But we gave some of them new soil and added soil to others, arranged them on stands and on the ground, and watered them.
I was skeptical, but, my Dad had always been a gardener and he knew what he was doing. He knew plants by name, he even knew weeds by name, and caring for his yard and plants was a passion for him. He told me that some of the geraniums I brought up that day were at least eight years old. I thought you just throw them away at the end of the season, and buy new plants in the spring. Wrong, I mean some folks do, but not me, anymore. I just brought my geraniums down to the basement, for their winter nap. I guess they go dormant. I will bring them out in the spring and put them back on the porch, the way I have done for a couple years now.
Those are my Dad’s geraniums in the picture at the top of this page: after some watering, some sun, and some time.
There must be other plants that you can store in your basement for the winter. If you know of any, please put a reply in below, I’d like to know and so would our other friends who visit.