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Warm Winter Means Garden Changes

Cherries | Spotts Garden Service

While many people are celebrating our incredibly mild winter, we gardeners are feeling uneasy. Winter is a time of rest and reset in the garden. Without consistent cold, we can expect some changes in our gardens this growing season. Here’s what to

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What to See and Do in the Zone 6 February Garden


Unusually warm temperatures are teasing gardeners, but snow and slush keep returning. Still, hints of spring are all around!

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Feeding Birds in the Winter Garden

Finch and coneflower | Spotts Garden Service

As temperatures drop and food sources become a bit more scarce, birds can use extra help from gardeners. Consider feeding birds in your organic garden in late fall and winter, and encourage them with these strategies.

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Frost and Freeze in the Spring Garden

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Savvy gardeners watch for frosts at both edges of the growing season. Read on for our breakdown of terms, the difference between a frost and a freeze, and what you can do to protect your garden plants.

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The 12 Days of Seed Catalogs

Frankly, we have no use for French hens, calling birds, and partridges (although we’ll be happy to take the pear tree). Instead, we want gorgeous seed catalogs to set us dreaming about the new garden year. All our picks for seed

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Forcing Branches to Bloom Indoors

Enjoy cherry blooms indoors in late winter by forcing a branch to bloom.

As we continue to slog through winter, many gardeners start getting desperate for signs of spring. One easy, pretty way to hurry spring along is forcing branches to bloom indoors. Because flowering shrubs and trees formed their buds last autumn, they’re primed

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5 Ways to Connect with the Garden in Winter

This Week in the Garden (January 20 to 26, 2014): This old rake is dreaming of spring!

Except for the occasional walk on mild days, most gardeners spend a good deal of the winter away from the garden. But no matter what the winter brings, you don’t have to hang up the shovel completely. These are our favorite ways to connect with

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Winter Interest without the Snow

This garden boasts a creative mix of evergreens that looks great with or without snow.

While our neighbors to the south can grow all winter, and our northern friends have that lovely blanket of white, we mostly have mud. We’ve written before about adding winter interest to the garden. But what can you do to brighten

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Wrapping Garden Pots for Winter

Winter can take a toll on ceramic pots. When water in them freezes, the soil expands, sometimes cracking the pots. Terra cotta can crumble because of water that gets into the walls of the pot itself, expanding in freezing temperatures. The

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The Tree in Winter

When the leaves fall, we can really see the structure of the tree.

You might think that when snow is on the ground and a bite is in the air, the garden shuts down. Not so! When the pace of the garden slows, the Spotts crew turns our attention to tree health. We spoke

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