What’s up, what’s down

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The snow banks are coming down; we can actually see grass in a few places. The Park’s Whopper and Gardener’s Delight tomatoes are just popping up, and can be put in a sunny window shortly, as are the Nagoya Flowering Kale seedlings. However, I’ve found an infestation of white fly on my large geranium plants ( I have quite a few) and am rinsing the plants off and then treating them with Hi-Yield DySyston, a systemic insecticide. I’ll probably need to treat all of them in that room, even though some aren’t affected yet, and also will wipe all the shelves with a Chorox solution, ans well as soaking the saucers.
I don’t really need this right now. Never had this before and wonder where it came from!
Outside, our work will begin with damage control – snow plowing does things to plantings. Being across from a school, we “sweep” sand and gravel from the lawn every spring.

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In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

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

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