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Winter Gardening

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Old Edger Breaks The Ice

Trying to break the ice, we tried a number of tools in the shed. The big winner was a bit of a surprise.


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A Snow Shovel With Spring Benefits

Why am I telling you about a snow shovel in a garden report?


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Witch Hazels In Full Bloom At Morris Arboretum

What’s blooming this time of year? Not a lot, but witch hazels are among the few shrubs that do flower in winter.


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Winter Won’t Win

Even though most gardens in our region show little promise under the near-constant cover of snow, don’t worry. Winter won’t win.


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Gardening In Your Garage

I planted tulips a couple of weeks ago. Not in the ground, since I couldn’t see the ground much less dig in it, but in my garage.


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Caring For Snow-covered Shrubs

Do you have to go around cleaning the snow off your shrubs? No. Do I? Well, for some shrubs…I do.


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Transform Winter Lawn ‘Ornaments’ To Easy Holiday Pots

Sometimes it seems like too much bother or expense to make festive holiday pots but a simple solution could be just outside your door.


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Protect Your Pots Into Winter

Terracotta, and even glazed clay pots, can crack from freezing and thawing in winter weather. Protect them or pay the price.


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Saving Seeds From Your Garden

Saving seeds from plants you grew makes it easy to share plants you love.


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Witchhazel Brightens A Gray Garden

Flowers in winter gardens are few and far between, but witchhazels are one large shrub that blooms when everything else looks drab or dead.


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Peeling Bark May Be Appealing

Peeling bark can be very pretty. I have friends who don’t get the appeal, so to speak, and think any tree or shrub with exfoliating bark looks diseased or messy. But at this time of year, some peeling can be quite interesting.


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Pansies Bloom Through Snow

Since there’s not much available in January, this is when you’ll be particularly pleased if you planted pansies last fall.


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Winter Garden May Bloom With Snow

If you left the heads on hydrangeas, let the grasses wave in the wind, and didn’t cut every perennial to the ground when it turned brown, you have reason to celebrate each time it snows.


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Protecting Evergreen Shrubs Through The Winter

Some evergreen shrubs can get burned by winter winds or suffer sun or frost damage. One way to help them through the winter is by spraying the leaves with an anti-desiccant so they don’t dry out.


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Sweep Snowy Shrubs

Got a cheap broom? It’s one of my favorite garden tools in winter, and mostly what I use it for this time of year is to free smaller shrubs from the snow.