Did you see Alice’s comments in the post for Dec. 21st? Were you left scratching your head, wondering what 33C or 38C was in Fahrenheit? Or are you from one of those more advanced countries using the metric system, and when Judy says “it’s been hanging around zero for a few weeks,” do you wonder which zero she means? There is an easy way to convert from either, and you’ve probably already got it on your screen. Huh? Google will convert all sorts of things for you if you get the syntax right, and many browsers have a Google search box right in their browser toolbar. Just type 38C in F in Google’s search box and it will spit out the conversion for you. Or try 0F in C. Google calls it the Calculator, and the full instructions are here. You can do all sorts of calculations, but the main thing for conversions is to remember that little word in. If you try using the equals sign you get a whole bunch of useless search hits. As Alice said to me in an email, “I have communicated with other gardeners all over the world and learned so much about gardening in other climates,” and knowing this little Google trick makes it easier to get a handle on just what temperature the blog writer is dealing with.
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.
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