Scavenger Hunt Winners

– Posted in: About this site

A big thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the Scavenger Hunt, which I organized to help celebrate the new design here at Cold Climate Gardening. I hope you all had fun as you hunted for the clues. The prizewinners have all been notified by email, so I'll give the rest of [...]

Scavenger Hunt with Prizes

– Posted in: About this site

I've always had the suspicion that most of my readers don't realize how much else I offer on this website in addition to this blog, so I thought I'd celebrate the "grand re-opening" of Cold Climate Gardening with a scavenger hunt that will encourage you to explore my website more thoroughly. Prizes, We Have Prizes [...]

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day September 2008

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

The growing season gets a slow enough start around here that many annuals don't really strut their stuff until September. This is a real liability for the frost-sensitive ones like cosmos. I learned to seek out early blooming varieties because the old-fashioned ones often only had two weeks of bloom before shriveling in the first [...]

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day August 2008

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

A lot of the plants from last month are still blooming, though most of them look a bit weather-beaten and are past their peak. Goldenrod, asters, and Joe Pye weed are starting in the fields. A careful inspection of the wooded hillside reveals the first flashes of red. I've always maintained that, for cold climate [...]

Plant combinations in containers for 2008

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

Improvisational Container Planting I am pretty lackadaisical when it comes to container plantings. I have three window boxes hanging on the porch fence-cum-railing and a rusting metal washtub that I found in the barn when we moved in. I never really plan or purchase plants for these containers. I count on something showing up due [...]

Fabulous Lettuce This Year

– Posted in: Vegetables

No thanks to me, but we have been enjoying some fabulous lettuce from the garden lately. Except for one week in early June, it hasn't been especially hot. So it might be the weather, or it might be the varieties, but we're eating salad every day. Salad every day . . . what do you [...]