IKNOW IT’S TOO LATE FOR HELP with the freakish October storm that flattened the woody plants here last weekend, but I have a hunch those of us in snow country will be needing tips for helping the garden through storms to come. After all, winter hasn’t even started yet (evidence outside my window, where it hasn’t melted yet, to the contrary). A podcast on recollections of other October storms, and some snowload-prevention tactics —my “triage-nurse” routine—and when to just let nature take its course.
My partners in the weekly garden podcast, Robin Hood Radio (WHDD in nearby Sharon, Connecticut, the nation’s smallest NPR affiliate) were without power much of the week, so we had to do this broadcast by phone…hence the less-robust sound quality. Plus I am struck by how exhausted I sound–and I was, after a weekend of outdoor work, and worry.
More Information on Winter Care
THESE TWO EXTENSION-SERVICE bulletins outline tips for preventing animal and salt damage, winter burn, splaying open of hedges and other shrubbery, and more.