Corn on the cob in the Himalayas

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This doesn’t have much to do with cold climate gardening, but I found this article fascinating. Apparently Nepalese farmers have been growing the same corn as native Americans for so long they think it’s native to Nepal–but it’s not. How did it get there? No one is really sure, but that fact remains that “in Nepal today, maize is grown on more than 800,000 hectares comprising 30% of the total cultivated land and remains the staple food of populations in the hill regions.”

Thanks to The Virtual Plant & Pest Diagnostic Laboratory for the link.

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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 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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