Inside the Spring 2018 Issue!
For gardeners in cold climates, the real “spring” isn’t at the Equinox. That day can just as well bring a blizzard or freezing rain as any hint of a thaw. But it certainly doesn’t stop us from turning our faces to the sun (if the sun is actually shining) and feel that itch in our fingers to start digging in the earth.
If it’s not quite planting time where you live, which is likely if you live in Zones 2 and 3 (and if you live in warmer climates, you can smile smugly but please don’t tell us the tulips are blooming if you want us to stay friendly), it can still be planning time. That’s why we always devote several pages of our Spring issue to our annual Plant Picks. Flip through and see whether there are any new, exciting options to add to your plant palette (or palate) this year.
We’ve focused on some pretty blooms in this issue, both annual and perennial. Find out if there’s anything new to learn about cosmos or primroses to help you with your planting decisions this year.
You may also find some new varieties to consider in our exploration of carrots and their cousins. Maybe plant some new spices, like caraway or chervil?
After a bit of a dry spell on water gardening, we’re excited to introduce a new writer who is going to share some information on growing zones in your pond or water garden. If planning your existing spaces doesn’t feel like enough right now, perhaps you’d like to take on a more ambitious project when the ground finally thaws, like building a pond!
We also have a new regular feature on container planting, so if that scale of gardening is more your cup of tea, we’ve got some container recipes and inspiration for you.
Whatever the scope of your planning and planting this year, I encourage you to enjoy the feel of the earth on your skin and under your fingernails, and anticipate the fruits of your labour. Happy Spring!
Cosmos, Primroses, Carrot Cousins, Water Gardens and more!