Narcissus poeticus ©Cadence PurdyTrillium grandiflorum ©Rundy PurdyGaywings (Polygala paucifolia) ©Cadence PurdyNarcissus 'Vernal Prince' ©Kathy PurdyPink Lady's Slippers (Cypripridium acaule) ©Kathy PurdyDandelion (Taraxacum officinale) ©Justin PurdySpring view at the old house. ©Cadence PurdyA bouquet of gaywings (Polygala paucifolia) ©Cadence PurdyVirginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) ©Kathy PurdyBlue flax (Linum perenne) ©Cadence PurdyApple blossoms at the old house. ©Rundy Purdy

Welcome to Cold Climate Gardening

I’m so glad to have you visit! If you are looking for help gardening in a challenging cold or short-season climate, you’ve come to the right place! Gardening in a cold climate isn’t more difficult than growing in other climates, as long as you grow plants suited to the climate and the soil. We’ve got pages of information–check out the menus above, browse the archives, or take advantage of the search box in the sidebar to the right. I’m Kathy Purdy, and I do most of the writing here, and we also have some excellent guest authors. We’d love to hear from you in the comments or the contact page.

Mud Season Pruning Chores

Pruning is the only gardening chore you can do in mud season, because your plants (and the weeds!) are still frozen in the ground. It's a great excuse to get outside and do something--actual gardening! The weather is very unsettled during mud season, so it's best to be strategic about what gets pruned when.