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Why You Need to Get Outside During the Next Thaw

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Have you, like us, had more snow this winter than in the last twenty years?Perhaps, like us, you are getting a thaw? The temperature is well above freezing during the day, with intermittent rain? You need to get out! Take a walk through your garden--wear rubber boots and carry an umbrella if you must--but get [...]

Ten Ways Cold Climate Gardeners Treat Cabin Fever

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A long winter is not for sissies. If you are a veteran of many northern winters, you probably already practice most of the tips I'm going to share below. But if you are new to the tribe of hardy plants and hardy souls, here are some ways to beat cabin fever. 1Light TherapyIn the land [...]

Hard Freeze, But No Frost: What Gives?

– Posted in: FAQ, Weather

Very early this morning, the temperature bottomed out at 18F, so my max-min thermometer tells me. And yet, when I looked out my window, there was not a speck of frost on the grass. If I hadn't consulted the thermometer, I would have thought it was a lovely spring day out there. (The grass has [...]

January Thaw: A Video

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What happens when the snow melts in the middle of winter? I made a brief video to show you: Some roads and a few low bridges have flooded, forcing early school closings and rerouting traffic. A thaw in January is common, but rain doesn't always accompany it. Sometimes it is brilliantly sunny, inspiring snowball fights [...]

How Do You Know If A Plant Is Hardy?

– Posted in: FAQ, Plant info

I was just reading Graham Rice's musings on plants that grow in the coldest climates. He observed that the resources he consulted did not agree on which plants were tough enough to take USDA zone 2. If you've been gardening for any length of time (which of course Graham has), this won't surprise you. First, [...]