New Contributor

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I’ve just invited Paul Apfelbeck of Alaska to join this blog and contribute his experiences gardening in a very cold climate. I’ll let him introduce himself and describe his gardening conditions. I hope we’ll be hearing from you frequently, Paul!

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In its own way, frost may be one of the most beautiful things to happen in your garden all year . . . Don’t miss it. Like all true beauty, it is fleeting. It will grace your garden for but a short while this morning. . . . For this moment, embrace frost as the beautiful gift that it is.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Alice Nelson March 17, 2004, 9:36 am

We don’t plant any annuals before June 1st. There is a possibility of frost after that, in which case we hold our breaths and cover things, and the local plant merchants cheer (replacements, you know). We plant only short season tomatoes or corn – 60-70 days. I also use Walls o’Water for tomatoes. First frost comes sometime the last of September.

Kathy March 11, 2004, 7:08 pm

I always knew there were people out there dealing with colder, harsher climates than mine, I just had never heard from them. Thank you for stopping by to let us know how things are going. When is your last spring frost, usually?

Alice Nelson March 10, 2004, 10:10 am

Up here in Michigan’s UP we still have 2-3 feet of snow, and more coming. Our zones vary from 5 near Lake Superior to 3 inland; we are zone 4. Sice I have a gardening business that covers all these zones, it makes things interesting. I do have a Bittersweet Euonymous on my porch railing that is green (nipped a little by sub-zero temps)
and loads of geraniums growing in my house, most in south windows, but some under lights. To start clippings, I just stick them in water until they have roots and then pot them up. Or use root hormone and vermiculite. Yup, just about time to get some seeds planted!