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Location: NE Ohio, deck chuckin' fool
Posted: Mar/14/2008 3:58 PM PST
I hope it's okay to post this. If not, please remove it. (Everyone read fast!!)I got it as an email from Burpee.
Snow Cover Bad News for Travelers but Good News for Gardeners
Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:59pm EST
WARMINSTER, Pa., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Near record snowfalls here and in
much of the United States might not be good for highway safety, but according
to one of the nation's leading horticultural experts, it is the perfect winter
fertilizer for home gardening.
George Ball, chairman of W. Atlee Burpee & Co., the nation's leading seed
provider, located here in Bucks county, says that, "all of this snow is a
fabulous thing for home gardening, and gardeners should expect nothing less
than a banner year in 2008 because of it - higher vegetable yields, vigorous
ornamental grass and flower growth and extended bloom periods for flowering
shrubs and perennials."
Mr. Ball, who is also past president of The American Horticultural
Society, says heavy snowfall acts as a geothermal blanket for the garden and
"Call it the 'igloo effect,'" says Ball. "Only when wrapped in a heavy
blanket of snow and, even better, topped off with a thin duvet cover of ice,
do your precious perennial plants and low lying shrubs sleep the beauty sleep-
well protected from the forces of Old Man Winter."
The desiccating winds of winter, in combination with sub-freezing
temperatures, Ball explains, are what is actually lethal to garden plants, as
well as many herbaceous woodland plants.
While its no fun to travel during periods of inclement winter weather,
Ball says, "gardeners should rest assured that snow in the garden is actually
a very good thing."
Mr. Ball amplifies his views on the benefits of snow in the garden on his
periodic blog that appears on heronswoodvoice.com.
SOURCE W. Atlee Burpee Co.
Location: McFarland (Madison), Wisconsin
Posted: Mar/14/2008 5:10 PM PST
Yippee, you mean all that stuff I was grumbling about shoveling will actually give me more flowers this spring???? Yahoo!!!!