Winter is a great time of year for garden planning. Whether it be a trip
to Italy with me or a new garden bed, now is the time to get ready for
the coming garden season. Charlie Nardozzi has been reading Toby Hemenway’s permaculture
book, Gaia’s Garden, and has a few new design concepts he’s going to
all is a time for wrapping up the garden, both figuratively and
literally. It’s time to pull out frost-killed annual flowers, cut back
perennial flowers, compost leaves, and protect tender shrubs. One of the
most precious flowers to protect are your roses.
If you happen to be wandering the mountainous regions of Turkey in
spring, you may notice small wildflowers that look oddly familiar. The
species tulip originated from this region of the world and in the 1600s
was used by the Dutch to breed the now famous large flowered tulips we
all know and love.
Cold hardy vegetables such as leeks, Brussels sprouts, arugula, and
carrots can withstand some frost. Annual flowers such as snapdragons and
violas can too. But what about those plants that you want to keep
growing in spite of the cold?