Happy Winter! We have already had the snowiest December on record with 33.4 inches in the Twin Cities and winter has just started. A benefit to us gardeners and our plants is that we have a thick blanket of insulation that warms the ground and helps defend against sun scald. With this wintry wonderland, it is a great time to catch up on our garden reading, designing and planning for the New Year. For Ecological Gardens, 2010 was the "year of Urban Agriculture" that included a variety of local food landscaping projects, including Cornerstone Rooftop Farm, Kensington Edible gardens, Lily Springs Farm and our residential customers. We are thankful for our full plate and look forward to even more local ag projects in 2011. I invite you to attend some upcoming events and conferences, found at the bottom of this newsletter, to push your garden minds even further. If you start to feel the winter blues, I suggest finding a local conservatory or greenhouse and taking in some warm fresh oxygen, opening a jar of preserved food from your summer garden or cracking some seed catalogs also seems to bring hope during a frozen month.
Happy New Year,
- Lindsay Rebhan, gardener and designer