I was very happy the other day when I spotted the November/December issue of Northern Gardener on the end-cap display rack at my closest Barnes and Noble. Even happier, because the magazine was displayed at eye-level where lots of folks can see it.
This is a fun issue, full of garden information to ponder over the winter, as well as inspiring ideas and our annual holiday gift guide. The cover photo, taken by Susy Morris of the Chiot’s Run blog, goes with Martin Stern’s article on planning your garden year with nature’s time in mind. Martin, co-owner of the wonderful Squire House Gardens in Afton, begins his garden year in November, assessing what worked, what didn’t and what to do in the next season. From there, he takes readers through the year, offering ideas for when to do particular chores and which plants to plant for color and interest all year long.
In addition to Martin’s story, we have Eric Johnson’s article on how to make a terrarium, a profile of a contemplative garden and Nancy Rose’s interesting comparison of soils in Minnesota and Massachusetts, called “A Tale of Two Soils,” which is not only educational, but gave me a chance to write a few Dickens puns.
I hope you enjoy the issue!