Photo by Janet Loughrey
The months between Christmas and spring stretch interminably for ardent gardeners, who grow restless for any sign of life in the landscape. While most plants lie in dormant slumber, the long, slender branches of witch hazel burst into bloom with ribbon-like petals of yellow, orange or red. The delicately fragrant flowers give renewed hope that spring is not far away.
An early frost coats each blade of grass and every twig in this silvery landscape. Photo by Jerry Harpur.
With a large portion of the country suffering freezing temperatures, it only seems natural to make sure your pets are indoors and the kids have their scarves. In the chaos of a New Year, don’t forget a number outdoor plants can be brought indoors during the colder months to help save them for another season. Here's our guide to overwintering plants (as well as a list of which plants to toss).
Our how-to for using milk and water jugs to create your own planters to sow seeds in the snow. Yes, you can start sowing seeds now, even if you're snowed in, and be rewarded with hardy vegetables and flowers in the summer.
It's that time of year again; time for your garden to lie under the covers with its eyes shut tight. While the rain pours down and cold weather wraps stealthily around the rows, your garden must sleep through the bombardment of December and January.
It's cold out there, and we're filling our wood stoves and fireplaces with kindling and logs. There are tens of thousands of species of trees in the world, many of which burn very differently. So what's in your woodpile?
Our columnist Kevin Lee Jacobs shows off his window gardens, which change throughout the winter, and explains exactly how to create more shelf space for your houseplants.