Early Winter: What to do when it's snowy but not frozen

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There's a pleasure in seeing the first real snow. We know that winter has truly arrived, given us a time out and mulched the beds for us, to boot. 

Early Winter

These ensemble editions of our What's Up! and Grow newsletters were written for Early Winter. They address what people see in Early Winter as well as what they could be doing then to have a more beautiful, productive, easy-care garden.

  • Early winter is when there's been snow but the ground is not yet frozen
  • In most places in North America, that's Mid-December to early January


What's Coming Up 19: December, Mushrooms, toxic plants, pets, weeds, mulberry

What's Coming Up 20: Boots, annuals fail, late bulb planting, Egyptian gardens, kids

What's Up 21 and 22: Not here yet! Working on it.
           See our CD Asking About Asters  

What's Up 123 and 124: Not here yet! Working on it.
           See our CD Potting Up Perennials

What's Coming Up 72: Witchhazel, holly miner, conifers, salt damage, cold

What's Coming Up 73: December, Best of the year peonies, apples, terriers, hydrangeas

What's Coming Up 74: Year's best, part 2: Cold, plants, and much more

What's Coming Up 75: Landscape renovation, kalanchoe, amaryllis, hawks


What's Coming Up 76: Sharper tools, scrabbling words, order seeds

What's Coming Up 125:  December, bird feeding, watering pots

What's Coming Up 126: January, scale insects, garden zones,  fireplace ash

What's Coming Up 127: January, lights for plants, winter composting

What's Coming Up 167: Clip redtwig, live Chirstmas tree, drainage, shadow play

What's Coming Up 168: Watering, permeable paving, lawn seed

What's Coming Up 169: Holly pruning, plant sex, bottom heat

What's Coming Up 191: Lights, long nights, failures in shade, tree roots


What's Coming Up 192: Small tree bare circle, gifts, tools, cold jade poinsettia


What's Coming Up 193: Mantis Claus

What's Coming Up 194: Quotations sampler


What's Coming Up 205: Thaw is for pruning, Arctic cold's no trouble in snow

Growing Concerns 495: December, Orange tree, male, female, tree, poinsettia

Growing Concerns 496: December, Split big grass, dwarf Alberta

Growing Concerns 497: January, Fig, bugs, forecast

Growing Concerns 545: December, Hibiscus, redbud, winter

Growing Concerns 546: December, Poinsettia, poison, advice

Growing Concerns 547: Facts, techniques, tips

Growing Concerns 548: January, Plant forced bulbs outside

Growing Concerns 549: January, Rhododendron care

Growing Concerns 597: December, African violets, houseplants dislike drafts

Growing Concerns 598:  December, Boston fern

Growing Concerns 599: January, New Year's advice

Growing Concerns 600: Plant choices, dryer vent, part sun

Growing Concerns 751: Cold irrigation for houseplants, controlling moles, gardeners' fitness