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Extending the Gardening Season

Activities for late-autumn and winter gardeners in the Northwest

Late autumn in the garden is a beautiful time. Photo: Mary Ann Newcomer

I was recently having coffee with a friend who isn’t a gardener, and he remarked how I must have tons of free time now that fall is almost over. With winter close at hand, he surmised, I probably had nothing left to do in the garden. I had a good chuckle and then proceeded to explain how there is still plenty to do in the garden now: late fall and early winter chores, last-minute bulb planting, preparing for the new gardening year, or simply visiting other gardens to enjoy their autumnal beauty or to get inspiration. Here are a few gardening projects that will carry you over into the new year.

Putting the garden to bed

The faded stalks and seed heads of alliums, like those of this tumbleweed onion (Allium schubertii, Zones 5–9), provide structure and interest in a winter garden. Photo: Michelle Gervais

I typically treat the fall…

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