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First Snow

As a former Master Gardener, I always love the first snow. First, all of my gardening mis-steps (I refuse to call them mistakes!) are covered over. I can start clean. I can feel like I know what I’m doing! The reality of gardening is this simple fact: we are all beginners. So, yeah, I may have a few more tricks up my sleeve about when to plant something, how to protect it, implementing good soil techniques, and such. BUT. I struggle as much as anyone.

I have a full-time plus job that I love, keeps me busy and productive and learn something new everyday. (Another reason I love gardening.) Getting into the garden is a challenge. And when I get out there, I don’t want to come back in.

So, the garden in winter is great for me. I don’t feel guilty for not being outside. And the time I do spend needs to be short – Minnesota winters are not known for being kind.

My short list of things to do now:

  • Trim my indoor plants and give them one (and only one) light dose of organic fertilizer. Water them well.
  • Go over my spring and summer ” what worked” notes. I keep them on our main home calendar on the fridge – easier for me plus I also note things like “first tomatoes” or “first frost” on there too. From my notes I can start a plant and supplies “wish list” in prep for the gardening catalogs.
  • Make a visit to the Como Conservatory. I need my green fix – perfect without the work.

Enjoy the first snow in your own unique ways!

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