Cornwall Library presents winter gardening program Feb. 7

CORNWALL – The Cornwall Library presents Winter Gardening

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3 Winter Design Shows That Are Sparking Wonder Right Now

The social-distancing axiom that “we come together by staying apart” is a cue that the world’s leading art and design dealers have clearly taken to heart. This month, a trio of compelling exhibitions are the product of collaborations between gallerists and curators, who are also making the fruits of their labor available for both online and IRL consumption.

The most ambitious of these partnerships is “DNA.” The project from Friedman Benda, Galerie kreo, and Salon 94 Design combines 84 works from the three powerhouses into a single online platform. Users may experience the website traditionally, scrolling down the landing or e-commerce page; or by organizing works by designers who include Najla El Zein, Kwangho Lee, and Jaime Hayon.

Visitors may also click the Essays tab for a more guided tour: On this page, curator and writer Glenn Adamson has reorganized the 84 pieces into groups of three, in 28 categories that include “Daily Enchantment” and “Electric Dreams.” Any one of these categories reveals a brief essay in which Adamson meditates on a theme common to that group. “Daily Enchantment” convenes three objects that bridge everyday life and spiritual practice, while “Electric Dreams” identifies the gap between industry and

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GV Gardeners: Winter gardening in our Sonoran Desert | Get Out

In the north country, plants are gently covered and put to bed in autumn. During an Ohio winter, the gardener with a warm drink in hand watches from indoors as the insulating snow piles onto the garden.

In the desert, we daily listen to weather forecasts, keep frost cloths and old blankets handy, dash out before sundown to cover plants, decide when it’s time to uncover, record temperatures and rainfall, make decisions on what care for which plants, and on and on. Such is winter gardening in the desert!

Although of short duration, desert winters can often be both confusing and frustrating. Should I prune now? How often do I water? Which plants to cover? When should I remove the cold protection? What should I be doing now?

Although winter conditions may suggest otherwise, dedicated gardeners want to be doing something in the landscape whenever the sun shines. It can be frustrating to be inside watching frost building on the bougainvillea just outside the window. Even though a weather event cannot be changed, offering a few guidelines for handling the winter garden may help relieve some of the anxiety.

Freeze damage most often occurs to plants with temperatures between 32

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GROOMS GARDENING: Enjoy the break from winter gardening | Local News

We are in mid January and the weather has been feeling wintry. No hard freezes, just cold.

We can still see a few colorful leaves lingering on trees around town. 

Nandina, a.k.a. Heavenly bamboo, has turned dark burgundy. The dwarf nandinas that are very common in commercial landscaping, are balls of dark foliage against the mulch. The more common tall Nandina has also turned dark red or burgundy. Many of the tall ones have red berries on them, if the birds haven’t gotten them yet.

Although it is cold, Narcissus are blooming right through January. Their little clusters of white flowers are pretty when seen from a distance. They stand out against the dark leaves of mulch and bare branches of deciduous shrubs.

Camellias are the only other flowers blooming now. Everything else is pretty sad looking from the freeze. I have seen plants in town still alive and colorful but the ones out in the country were killed. Even the roses have been stilled by the cold, no buds are forming. Roses should be pruned next month, by Valentine’s Day.

Waiting another month to prune your roses will keep them from putting out fresh growth due to the stimulating

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Exploring fields and woods in winter

This is a good time to be outdoors exploring the fields and woods. There is so much to see that will be buried in snow later on. But you may ask, what is there to see?

a tree with snow on the ground next to a body of water: Old sugar maples have craggy bark.

© Henry Homeyer
Old sugar maples have craggy bark.

Trees, winter weeds, animal footprints, signs of insects, shelf fungi on trees, evergreen woodland plants and more. If I had to choose one person to show me the outdoors in winter, it would be Donald W. Stokes, who wrote “A Guide to Nature in Winter,” that covers all these topics and more.

text, letter: A great book for exploring the winter landscape.

© Henry Homeyer
A great book for exploring the winter landscape.

I find that learning the names and characteristics of plants and animals makes them more interesting. Many people look at all evergreen conifers and call them “pine trees.” But if you know the difference between a white pine and a Canadian hemlock or a balsam fir, you can decide if you want to grow one or the other on your property.

Donald Stokes’ book explains that if you learn to identify the six most common deciduous trees and the six most common trees with needles or cones, you will know 80{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c}

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Gardening: Making hive beetles mind their own beeswax and keeping your bees warm in winter | Columnists

Frames from our beehive are in the freezer and full of honey. I put them there a month ago. I thought I put the shallow box in there with the frames. Now the box is gone. I couldn’t remember stacking the frames like that.

You may be wondering why the frames are in the freezer.

Our Langstroth beehive has three boxes. They are open-ended so that, when stacked on top of each other, bees can crawl from the bottom to the top. The bottom one is a deep box where the queen lays eggs. The one in the middle is deep and filled with honey. The box on top is shallow. It is shorter than the deep ones and also filled with honey.

Honey bee frame only closeup

Bees produce honeycomb with glands along their abdomen and use it to build the hexagon-shaped cells. The shape isn’t an accident. A hexagon is structurally sound and the most efficient use of space. Bees are little engineers. These cells are where honey is stored and capped. It’s also where the queen will lay her eggs. Tony Bertauski/provided

When bees collect nectar, it is converted into honey and stored in the hexagonal cells of the honeycomb.

Our bee

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These Amazon Cozy Winter Decor Hidden Gems Are Under $30

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There are almost endless ways to spruce up your house for winter, including these under-$30 home decor finds and winter decorations. Amazon shoppers love these little additions — snuggly blankets, romantic twinkling lights, fuzzy pillows, and fragrant woodsy candles. These hygge-ready finds from the retailer’s home department are all Prime-eligible, come with rave reviews from Amazon shoppers, and (the most impressive part) they start at just $8. 

Adding a little ambience — akin to a warm and charming fireplace — is as simple as incorporating a few new lights, like Comenzar’s flickering faux-birch candles. The battery-powered, flameless candles give off a golden glow and are “stunning,” according to reviewers. Shoppers also rave about Brightown’s dimmable curtain of lights, which beautifully drapes to brighten without overpowering. They’ve earned over 3,500 five-star ratings and can also be used outdoors during the warmer months to jazz up your backyard.

One of Amazon’s least expensive pieces, Meekio “Let’s Cuddle” pillow cover, also happens to be one of the most fun. Its neutral colors ensure it will fit

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Dakota Gardener: Gardening in the winter | Farm Forum

Gardening catalogs are arriving in the mailbox and my inbox is flooded with emails from seed companies touting the newest vegetable cultivars.

I’m starting to get the itch to get my hands dirty, but my garden is covered in 6 inches of snow.

What can a gardening addict do? Grow microgreens indoors!

Pioneered by the Chicago chef Charlie Trotter, microgreens are young, densely seeded vegetables or herbs that are grown in containers for one to four weeks before being harvested. Microgreens are sometimes called vegetable confetti and are a flavorful and nutritious topping for sandwiches, soups, pizzas and salads.

Easy-to-grow microgreens include radish, cress, kale, cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli and mustard greens. From seed to harvest, these crops take seven to 14 days, depending upon the temperature of your house. Mixes of different microgreen seeds also are sold and usually labeled as mild or spicy in flavor. I like the spicy mixes because they usually contain peppery mustard greens.

More challenging crops, taking three to four weeks to mature, include beet, carrot, cilantro, basil, parsley and amaranth greens. The herbs tend to prefer warmer temperatures than the vegetables.

Not to be confused with sprouts, microgreens typically are grown in shallow containers

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Project GREEN’s winter gardening forums are a highlight of the season

In the Midwest, unless you count houseplants and seed catalogs, January is not a good gardening month. It is cold and stormy, gray seems to be its favorite color and I could swear it has extra days that don’t show up on the calendar.

However, Project GREEN is here to rescue us and stir the gardening juices with their Sunday Winter Gardening Forums. The first one is Sunday, Jan. 10. It will look a little different from other years in that it will be virtual and the cookies and coffee will be missing.

The first forum is about Brucemore, the National Trust and Historic site in Cedar Rapids. It took quite a hit from the derecho on Aug. 10. Winds toppled tree after tree, damaged several other historic buildings, and tumbled statuary.

The picture below shows some of the devastation. Melissa Porter, the museum’s program manager, is the forum’s speaker and will tell us about the damage and the plans for restoring the landscape.

Brucemore is over 100 years old but had only four owners before 1981, when it was turned over to the National Trust. It sits on 26 acres now and each owner put their mark on the

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