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.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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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!