Pink yarrow brightens up a July day. July 2008 ┬ęCadence PurdyFreshly picked peas. June 2008. ┬ęCadence PurdyCommon milkweed, Asclepias syriaca. June-July 2008

Welcome to Cold Climate Gardening

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I’m so glad to have you visit! If you are looking for help gardening in a challenging cold or short-season climate, you’ve come to the right place! Gardening in a cold climate isn’t more difficult than growing in other climates, as long as you grow plants suited to the climate and the soil. We’ve got pages of information–check out the menus above, browse the archives, or take advantage of the search box in the sidebar to the right. I’m Kathy Purdy, and I do most of the writing here, and we also have some excellent guest authors. We’d love to hear from you in the comments or the contact page.

Keeping An Eye On Hemp Dogbane: Wildflower Wednesday

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The email from my neighbor to the south was ominous. "There's a plant I've never seen before on the north side of your property along the road. It's already grown into a big patch and I'm afraid it might be swallowwort." I had read that swallowwort was highly invasive, but I had never seen any…