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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Old Man Winter or Mother Nature?
Who's to blame...old man winter or mother nature, for this incredibly unusual winter? I think I'll blame the man. I heard callers on the radio yesterday, asking questions about their garden plants emerging. Some daffodils, snowdrops, and even iris are beginning to green up and pop through the hardly frozen soil. The Illinois extension authority said, the plants are being fooled into thinking that winter is about over and they should wake up. She said that as soon as we get a cold snap, they will stop growing and act in the usual way for winter. She then told everyone that with the coming cold snap here in the Midwest, maybe now would be a good time to mulch those plants. There are so many Christmas trees available...just cut the tree up and drape the long branches over what you want to cover. Otherwise, rake up a few leaves or use straw. Mine are covered loosely with pine needles. I got an email from my son, Tim, this morning. He loves his hens and chicks and has them in his unheated garage. He said they are showing new growth...should he be worried? Should he water them? My daughter, LA, has a garden of succulents in a pretty plastic garden container. Hers are in her garage in Wisconsin too. I have put mine in the garage every year, because most are in terra cotta containers or strawberry jars and I don't want the containers to break. I just leave them till Spring and simply toss them a little water off my finger tips once in a while during the winter. This year I experimented with a few pots that aren't valuable and left them outside.... lying on their sides...covered with leaves. I think that both ways should be fine. Should he trim off the dead tendrils? I told him no...just leave them alone till Spring. We are expecting a period of cold and snow starting tonight. Right now...it's sunny and beautiful out. Yesterday it hit the 50's again. Wonderful weather for us humans, but not so good for our gardens. I'll welcome old man winter tonight and all he brings...only please let the roads be clear.