Gardening Discussion When There is Snow Outside
Beauty in Nature
Planning for Spring During Harsh Winter Months
When the weather outside is frightful, it is hard to remember the lush green of summer, the vegetables ready to harvest, the sound of birds chirping. If you live in a climate where you can garden all year, this hub may not be for you. If you live in an area where the ground is covered with snow and the closest thing you have to a garden is a wilting potted plant, fill up your cup of tea or coffee and take a look around.
Several months ago my toddler daughter and I would go for daily walks in the community gardens. She loves to walk through the rows of carefully cultivated gardens, smell the herbs growing and point out all the butterfies and birds that she sees.
Today the garden is covered in snow and we only have our pictures to remind us of the fun we had all summer, but we are looking foward to the new gardens that will grow in the spring. Even simple gardens can be beautiful. One person comes in early spring and plants two plots of butterfly bushes. They leave for the summer, only to return and clean up the garden in the fall. The butterfly crossing is one of our favorite places to visit as there are always plenty of butterflies attracted to the plants.
Rhubarb, I Think
Color is Everywhere
What I love about walking around the community gardens is the chance to discover different vegetables and fruit that can grow in New England.
I've heard of rhubarb, even eaten it in a rhubarb pie, but I have to admit I've never seen it growing in the earth. I am not 100% sure this is rhubarb growing, but it was colorful and pretty and I wanted to add it here now that the earth is cold, hard and covered in snow.
What is your favorite thing to plant every spring?
I start with some early blooming bulbs like daffodils or tulips and I can't wait for my crocus to pop through the earth every spring. When the crocus start to poke through the earth, I know that spring isn't far away.
- Northampton Community Garden
The community gardens of Northampton are a great example of how a community can come together and offer gardening plots to people who want to grow their own flowers or vegetables but don't have a yard. A beautiful place.