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    21 Gardening Projects To Get You Through Winter

    Don't let your green thumb frost over.

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    1. Build a bug hotel.

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    Check out how to do it here.

    2. Try your hand at ~winter sowing~.

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    Kevin Lee Jacobs

    Start your garden early by sowing seeds in empty milk jobs and letting Mother Nature do the rest. Get tips and instructions on how to get started here.

    3. Learn how to craft with dried seeds and flowers.

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    Grab some past-their-prime stalks from your garden, or find some fresh blooms at the grocery story or florist. Find some inspiration and tips here.

    4. Grow fresh ginger indoors.

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    Ginger is perfect for indoor gardening: It’s super low-maintenance, doesn't need much sun, and can be used for eating a little bit at a time. Learn everything from planting to harvesting here.

    5. Get this lamp designed to grow plants that light up your life.

    It's called Ambienta and it is the plant equivalent of a winter bf/gf. Pre-order one here.

    6. DIY some seed tape out of newspaper.

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    Then store the rolls in a cool, dark place to wait for planting season! Step-by-step guide here.

    7. Make some birdseed Christmas ornaments.

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    Festive and functional. Check out how to do it here.

    8. Or make a ~holiday wildlife buffet.~

    Place orange slices, cranberries, nuts, and other bird- and squirrel-friendly foods in a birdbath or sturdy bowl, then top with water and let freeze. Get some inspiration here.

    9. Grow a Meyer lemon tree indoors.

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    When life won't give you lemons... Learn how to do it here.

    10. Enjoy fresh herbs all winter with these self-watering glass planters.

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    The big jars serve as a water reservoir, and there's a string that draws the water up

    through the neck of the wine bottle, like an artificial root. Oregano, rosemary, and thyme are a few herbs that actually thrive indoors.

    Find out how to make 'em here.

    11. Learn to become the Lord of the Succulents with this essential guide to growing them.

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    Follow this fool-proof guide to growing gorgeous succulents and up your gardening game.

    12. Learn how to make a ridiculously cute pebble terrarium.

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    They little guys make for surprisingly easy gifts and home decor. Learn how to make one here.

    13. Familiarize yourself with plants that magically regrow themselves.

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    ^^ This ^^ handy chart will guide you on your way to plant regeneration.

    14. And learn how to soak your beans, seeds and grains so they sprout. 🌱🌱🌱

    Check out this guide to making your seedlings work for you.

    15. Grow a cocktail garden.

    Grow a bartender's essential herbs easily and indoors. Get this handy kit here.

    16. Give your gardening tools new life.

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    A simple DIY that proves everything is better with glitter. Check out to do this here.

    17. Create some adorable and functional plant markers.

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    Plenty of time to get started on the prettiest garden around. Check out a bunch more ideas here.

    18. Or bring the garden to your other crafts.

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    Try your green thumb at this moss-covered picture frame, with instructions here.

    19. Make a water garden in a vase.

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    Complete the scene with a fish! Check out how to do it here.

    20. Take the time to thoughtfully plan for spring.

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    Map our your garden's zones, plan your plots, and get the best deals on seeds. Check out this helpful guide to get you started.

    21. Or if you just can't wait, you can always force some bulbs.

    Paperwhite Narcissus and Amaryllis are some popular bulbs to force this time of year. Get a more in-depth guide here.

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