How Will Late April Cold And Snow Affect Plants?

Looking on the positive side, our recent end-of-April cold and snow remind us that April is a transition month, and May is the main planting month. Old-timers had it right when they cautioned not to be fooled by a few April warm spells. In late April most gardeners haven’t planted tender annual flowers, tomato plants or…
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Coping With Deer In Yard And Garden

I’m all for urban wildlife and I can understand how people might think in-town deer are fun to watch. But not in my backyard. After 35 years of waging war against these eating machines, Bambi has lost his appeal. Rabbits at least just nibble. Deer consume with reckless abandon. Each year they cause millions of dollars…
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Prune Roses In April

Rose bushes benefit greatly from spring pruning. That’s nice information, but when you’re facing a rose bush with pruning shears in hand, where exactly do you cut? The best season for pruning rose bushes is spring, rather than fall, because fall pruning leaves unhealed cuts exposed to frigid temperatures all winter, which can cause greater…
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Shovel Snow On Perennials For Extra Protection

We associate snow with cold, but there’s a reason Eskimos use it to build houses – snow’s a good insulator. Mother Nature insulates the ground from too-deep freezing by blanketing it with snow. The root system of plants can’t take cold temperatures the way the above-ground branches can. While the branches of adapted trees and shrubs…
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Back At Garden Blog After Pausing To Move House

I’m not very good at multi-tasking. During our summer/autumn house move I was able to keep up with our weekly Forum Communications garden columns Growing Together and Fielding Questions, but I didn’t produce our twice weekly AreaVoices gardening blog for the past several months. My days didn’t stretch far enough, and I missed our blog chats.…
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