If you are an avid gardener like me, I’m sure you are getting antsy about getting outside and getting in the dirt.  Since the ground is still frozen, here is something you can do to bring the outdoors in.  Many Spring blooming shrubs can be forced to bloom early for you inside your home.  Forsythia branches tend to be the easiest and most common. 

The only equipment you need is a sharp pair of pruning shears, warm water and a vase.  You want to pick a day when the temperature is above freezing, or at least a few hours above freezing.  Cut the forsythia stems in lengths of less than 3 feet and bring them inside.  Place the stems in a bucket or vase of warm water.  With your pruning shears, cut another inch off the bottoms of the submerged stems.  Allow the forsythia stems to soak up the warm water for several hours.  After a few hours, or about when the water is cooled, dump out the water and replace with fresh warm water.  Make sure to re-cut the stems again at this time. 

To speed up the process, place in a high-humidity environment or mist branches daily and place where the branches will get some sun.