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Seasonal Garden Tip:
Garden Tip

Winter Garden Tips
Submitted by member Jocelyn Laber

Although the hands-on growing and nurturing aspects of a garden is impractical during the long, cold winter months, here are some ideas to help you through the winter season while daydreaming about the warm sunny days to come:
- Now is a good time to plan any garden renovations you might be thinking about. Look through gardening catalogs and magazines for ideas, and place your catalog orders.
- Make note of plants that have winter interest (winterberry, red twig dogwood, evergreens) and plan to add them to your garden when good weather returns.
- Purchase cut flowers or flowering indoor plants and place them around the house as a precursor to spring.
- Force some spring blooming twigs (fruit trees, forsythia, dogwood, pussy willow) for indoor color. Bring them inside and allow them to sit in a large water-filled vase.
- Don’t forget to look for beauty in unusual and unexpected places in the winter landscape.  A garden statue with a dusting of snow; a shiny, iced-over plant; a red cardinal in a snow covered tree; or a birdhouse blanketed under a cover of snow all make for delightful scenes to photograph and enjoy.

 


Here are some links to local and global gardening resources:

 

Featured Resource:

Charlie Nardozzi’s “All Things Gardening”
Visit All Things Gardening

Vermont’s own Charlie Nardozzi has a new radio show on Vermont Public Radio where he discusses a new gardening topic each week.  The shows may be streamed at the All Things Gardening website linked here.  If you click on the episode title, you can access the transcription and further links of interest.
The episode on orchids also includes information about trees.   Can trees communicate?  Do plants produce sounds?  Take a listen and find out.

 

National Garden Clubs
Federated Garden Clubs of Vermont
New England Region
Old Stone House
Mac Center for the Arts
Charlie Nardozzi’s gardening site
Master Gardener Program
Vermont Invasive Plants
Arbor Day Foundation

National Audubon Society
VT Land Trust
American Public Gardens Assoc.
Vermont Nature Conservancy
VT Agency of Natural Resources
American Chestnut Foundation
Center for an Agricultural Economy 
The Garden Central

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