Garden Update: First Frost and the Indoor Garden

Thursday morning brought our first frost, about one month later than average. Seeing the forecast, I harvested the last of the tender things from outside — nasturtium flowers, peppers — and brought plant friends like geraniums, pineapple sage and several more indoors for the winter.


As temperatures drop, lettuce, chard, kale, beets, arugula, and collards continue to provide more than we need. The first garlic shoots poked through the soil this week, and I received and planted seven perennial veggies on Wednesday, too. We now have Egyptian Walking Onions, a third rhubarb, two sea kale root cuttings and ramps. I also discovered what I think are ramps spontaneously growing behind the very active shed. If nothing else, the allium family will do well amidst the critters!

Finding new locations for all the indoor plants presented a few challenges, but I love our lush tree and jungle home, inside and out. The main bathroom feels downright tropical now:


Our plant loving friend, Tim (“Bombadil,” not Glenn), gifted me this fabulous cactus, which ousted the above spider plant for prime real estate in my magical writing office:


I come by my love of indoor plants honestly. Momma Jane has had a succulent and cacti collection as long as I can remember, and relocating her plants proved as important as the furniture during her 2016 move. I learned spritzing and talking to my plants from her. Although I’m a much better talker than spritzer, my plant babies do well, so long as I occasionally give them spring instead of tap water. When we had rain barrels, they loved that water the best, but we’ve not yet replaced the ones we left at Faery Hof in Goshen.

Oh, indoor plant babies, how I love thee! Thy number is only just exceeded by the garden beds and pots outside. Thank you for cleaning the air and filling our home with life.

13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Linette on October 27, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    That cactus is glorious! We are just beginning our collection of indoor plants, which include a shamrock plant and just today, a miniature rose bush. Your bathroom does look so lush and beautiful, too ❤ Thanks for the peek!

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  2. Hehe, thank you! Next time we come down to Goshen, remind me to bring you a jade leaf and a spider plant baby. ❤

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  3. Posted by Linette on October 27, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Ooo, yay! I definitely will! 😘

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  4. Posted by Tracy Kruse on October 27, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Love all the greens…looks much the same here!

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  5. Thanks, Tracy! Yes, faery homes and plants … of course!


  6. Reblogged this on Illuminations Now!!.

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  7. so pretty! love my indoor faery gardens …. they bring nature’s magick in da howse! 😉

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  8. They sure do! I’m headed out this morning to get two more plants that love low light. Always good to bring nature’s magick in da howse! 😉

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  9. Really like what you got going on there! I brought my plants in for the same reason. some of them didn’t make it. Keep up the good blog post

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  10. Thank you, Jack! Yeah, some of mine weren’t getting enough light inside, so I’m going to get some low light friendly ones for those areas. 🙂 Enjoy your indoor gardening, too!


  11. Love your indoor plants, and today a good frost on the ground here in the UK this morning also.. And a good thing we got our plants well stored and sorted too.. 🙂

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  12. Enjoy all your harvested bounty and indoor beauty! 🙂

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