Frost: The Least You Need to Know

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Stumbled across a link to an excellent synopsis of frost and its effects via @urbangarden. If you don’t have a copy of A Gardener’s Guide to Frost, this is the next best thing.

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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.

To northern gardeners, this time of year [March] is full of anxious pleasure. Even as they daydream about the botanical pleasures of June and July, ordinary mortals find themselves nearly defeated by the gardening deadlines that pass so swiftly in March. Extraordinary mortals–whose seeds arrived two months ago, whose windows are now full of seedlings, and who are ready to sow peas and carrots the instant the soil thaws–will suffer torments of their own when the perfections they’re planning somehow fail to germinate or blossom. A garden is just a way of mapping the strengths and limitations of your personality onto the soil. It would be too much to bear if nature didn’t temper a gardener’s ambition or laziness with her own unsolicited abundance.

~Verlyn Klinkenborg in

3 Comments… add one

Lydia Plunk October 8, 2010, 9:43 pm

Thank you for reminding us in Southern California that we love the crops that come from frosty climates- but living in the land of orange trees- we should not complain so much about the weather.

VW October 7, 2010, 3:56 pm

No, no, I’m trying to ignore frost and hope it ignores my garden for a few more weeks! The dahlias are finally in full bloom and need more time before they RIP :-)

Donalyn October 6, 2010, 4:04 pm

I went out to Amazon and snatched up a copy of the Gardener’s Guide to Frost after reading about it here the other day. Larry is ripping through it and we have have visions of all sorts of frost-beating strategies in our heads now. Thanks!

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