Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners

Winter planning around your home

Plants may go dormant in the winter, but do gardeners have to? Some projects actually are better-suited to the off-months according to author Lise Funderburg. In an article for the Garden Design she explains that gardeners sometimes mourn the end of the gardening season, but should look instead at this as an opportunity for planning! Just think, you can look at the bare bones of your gardens without thinking about pulling weeds or dragging out the watering hose. Funderburg explains that this is a good time to take a step back to see what’s working or not and make adjustments.

Landscape designer, Rosalia Sanni explains, “There is so much to look at in the summer, the smells, the sounds, the movement of wildlife, butterflies, and water. Once that life and activity fades away, what’s left behind is the garden’s structure.”

Take a walk around your property. Are there sightlines that you want to keep clear or are there places that you would like to screen out? In one direction you might want to “borrow” the view of a neighbor’s beautiful stone wall, but in another, there might be a giant water tower that would need to be obscured at all times. Take photos through the season and compare the “view.”

Winter is a time when your hardscaping really shines. Man-made or man-placed elements that primarily serve as backdrops during the growing season, including walls, fences, arbors, stones, patios, furniture, and containers all fall into the category of hardscapes. A gardener must certainly take into consideration how durable something is before subjecting it to Ohio’s winter of freezes and thaws. There have been a few casualties in my garden in the past years, but the wood and metal projects seem to enjoy the occasional coat of snow and ice. I bring in my “fragile” containers, but leave the colorful glass globes in place for a splash of color in the snow.

Are there some trees that need some pruning? Winter is a great time to take note of rubbing branches as well as damaged limbs. It’s time to get that garden journal out and make your first list of gardening tasks. It won’t be long before it’s time to break ground – as soon as it thaws.

Someone shared a great quote with me this week, “Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the year, for gardening begins in January, with the dream.”

A glass globes nestled in a recent snowfall, adding a splash of color
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Globe.jpgA glass globes nestled in a recent snowfall, adding a splash of color Submitted photo

By Faye Mahaffey

OSUE Master Gardener Volunteer

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