cold-climate-gardening

Cold Climate Gardening in Franklin, NY

– Posted in: Events

Franklin, NY, a gathering spot for passionate cold climate gardeners: who knew? Deborah Banks, a frequent commenter on CCG, knew. She is a member of the Franklin Garden Club, and one of the organizers of a series of garden lectures held over the course of this spring. She invited me to see her garden and [...]

The Backyard Parables: Book Review

– Posted in: Book reviews

"A writer who gardens is sooner or later going to write a book about the subject," opined Eleanor Perenyi. Certainly there is a meditative aspect to many gardening chores that lends itself to interior dialogue. I have had conversations with myself, or with a faraway friend, as I was pulling weeds or raking leaves, "speaking" [...]

Ten Ways Cold Climate Gardeners Treat Cabin Fever

– Posted in: FAQ

A long winter is not for sissies. If you are a veteran of many northern winters, you probably already practice most of the tips I'm going to share below. But if you are new to the tribe of hardy plants and hardy souls, here are some ways to beat cabin fever. 1Light TherapyIn the land [...]

Year-round Uses for A Cold Climate Greenhouse

– Posted in: Hardscaping and Projects, How-to, Seeds and Seed Starting

(Editor's note: Neil Moran wrote North Country Gardening seven years before Cold Climate Gardening got started. I asked him to share what he's learned since building his greenhouse.)As you all know, the summers are sweet, but short here in the North. It seems not long after we’ve sown our vegetable crops and put out the [...]

Freeze damage assessment

– Posted in: Weather

I went back to the old garden today to dig up some plants, and noticed freeze damage on many plants. It is surprising what gets knocked back and what doesn't. Most of the lilies looked fine, but the asparagus that was about the length of my finger last week was mush this week. My Camassia [...]

How Do You Know If A Plant Is Hardy?

– Posted in: FAQ, Plant info

I was just reading Graham Rice's musings on plants that grow in the coldest climates. He observed that the resources he consulted did not agree on which plants were tough enough to take USDA zone 2. If you've been gardening for any length of time (which of course Graham has), this won't surprise you. First, [...]

Seeds for Cold Climates

– Posted in: Seeds and Seed Starting

Seeds of vegetables grown in cold climates need to have a short length to maturity and an ability to tolerate cooler than typical temperatures--day and night. You can look in any general seed catalog for terms like "short growing season," "early-bearing," "tolerates cool evenings," or even the magic words, "especially bred for northern growers." It's [...]