Winter Damage still causing heartache for home gardeners

With the sweltering heat and humidity of summer upon us, the havoc of winter may be but just a memory. Many plant problems caused by the devastating cold of winter, however, are still persisting in the garden. Believe it or not, a majority of the calls that I and my fellow extension agents are receiving are all weather related — mostly from winter, but also … Continue reading Winter Damage still causing heartache for home gardeners

The winter of our garden discontent: Effects of bitter cold in the garden

The bitter winter air smacks you in the face as you quickly move about your business. Piles of snow, now more gritty and dirty than freshly fallen, still cover the landscape. Mother Nature has held us in her icy grip, lashing out with a force we haven’t seen for decades. Winter, it seems, has come with a vengeance. While the bitter cold of winter can … Continue reading The winter of our garden discontent: Effects of bitter cold in the garden

Nature’s Winter Garden: A Poem

All alone in an enchanted land Where before me grandly stands Crystal walls and glistening strands In Nature’s winter garden. This secret beauty I have found When morning sun came streaming down A golden glow like a celestial crown In Nature’s winter garden. Each way I turn I see such splendor The muted sundial, a twig so slender Such grandeur extending to every gender Who … Continue reading Nature’s Winter Garden: A Poem

Gardeners seek survival signs amid harsh winter

So far, winter has proven to be a test of endurance and wits for most people around the state. Because of the trend of relatively mild winters with only short bursts of cold and snow, we have grown unaccustomed to the bitter bite of winter. You’ll have to go back a few decades to find a winter as harsh as this one. The question is, … Continue reading Gardeners seek survival signs amid harsh winter