The Minnesota Extension Service produces an informative newsletter called Yard & Garden Line News. Since all of Minnesota is in USDA hardiness zone 4 or lower, most, if not all of the information should be relevant to cold climate gardeners in North America, at the very least. I found a nice variety of topics in the latest issue, covering everything from the legal issues concerning nuisance trees, insects I was unfamiliar with, and a good checklist of what to do–and not do–in the coming month in your garden. Many publications have those to-do lists, but most are so general as to be useless. This one is much better focused on the realities of cold climate gardening, though you still might need to make a few mental adjustments if your local weather has been too rainy as opposed to too dry.
If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.
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