Winter Gardening

Written by Sarah Provost
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Winter gardening in Los Angeles, Bermuda, and other Mediterranean to tropical climates is basically spring gardening anywhere else. You can plant pansies, snapdragons, lettuce, peas and other cool-weather crops. Those who are not so blessed may think there is no winter gardening when the snow is three feet deep, but they would be wrong.

Winter Gardening in Cold Climates

There are two ways for avid gardeners to cope with wild winters: substitution and preparation. When everything outside is gray and white, it's not a luxury to treat yourself to houseplants and cut flowers. You don't have to spend a lot of money: even a single red carnation can make a whole room glow and beat back the winter doldrums. You can also feed your inner gardener by keeping a few pots of herbs on a sunny windowsill.

Those measures will only take us so far, however. When winter really has you in its grip, and it seems the world will never be green again, salvation arrives in the form of seed catalogs. Filled with glorious color pictures of deep purple irises and red tomatoes bursting with juice, seed catalogs allow us to plan the ideal garden and choose our hearts' desires.

Spring is the season of renewal, the delight of delicate green sprouts where there was only muck a week before. Summer is about maintenance, and autumn, of course, means harvests and putting the garden to bed. But winter gardening, as any passionate plant maven knows, is all about hope. For the secrets of winter gardening, you might want to check the websites of professional gardeners--many such lucky individuals have decided to share with us the secrets of their green thumbs, and can tell us just how to manage a successful winter garden.


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