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Winter Gardening in Arkansas

By: Talya Tate Boerner
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Winter Gardening in Arkansas

By: Talya Tate Boerner
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Winter gardening sounds mutually exclusive in Arkansas, where temperatures can plunge fifty degrees in a matter of hours. Cold days and long nights feel especially trying for those of us who love to keep busy in the garden. Yes, feeling down about being stuck inside is a real thing, y’all. And isn’t it crazy how quickly it happens? One day I’m sweating to stay ahead of the weeds, and then almost overnight, the world turns frigid and brittle and brown.

All is not lost, gardening friends. I have a few winter gardening projects that will help combat cabin fever. Yes, a few of these projects belong in the chore category, but sometimes even a garden chore will lift the spirit when nature is involved.

Winter Gardening Ideas

Photo courtesy of Laurie J. Reichart

Plant amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs indoors for winter blooms. If you time it right, you’ll be enjoying these beauties during the holidays. Hint: they make thoughtful, inexpensive gifts, too! Plant-to-bloom time is approximately 6-8 weeks.

Check your native garden centers, urban farms, and botanical gardens for upcoming classes. Many of these garden and farm businesses offer garden-themed classes such as wreath-making or creating birdseed ornaments. Taking classes and being around knowledgeable gardeners has a way of soothing the gardening beast during dreary winter.

Even though the first day of winter isn’t until December 21, I bet many of you are already counting down to spring. Hang in there! I hope a few of these ideas will help ease the winter gardening blues. And if they don’t, there’s always hibernation. A good book and a cup of cocoa will do wonders.

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