Gardeners look ahead to winter

Gardeners look to winter

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo - It may still be warm in Southern Colorado but winter is not far away.

So what will the winter of 2014 - 2015 bring?  For some Southern Coloradans finding out the answer to that question means turning to the Farmer's Almanac.

Last winter was a typical winter in Southern Colorado.  There was plenty of cold and snow.  The city picked up just under 35 inches of the white stuff.  That's compared to an average of nearly 38 inches.

It was quite a change from the drought that has plagued the area for the past few years.  And it altered the way that gardeners took care of their plants.

Jo Cervone, a gardener from Colorado Springs said, "I might have mulched a little bit more."

Figuring out what's ahead is important for gardeners.  After all, watching plants freeze or get buried in snow is no fun.

That's where the almanac comes in.

"That's a lot about what gardening is is sharing experiences.  I think the almanac is part of that," said Julie McIntyre from Summerall Gardens.

This year's prediction is for more cold and snow than usual, so we went to two garden centers to get advice on how to handle a cold and snowy Southern Colorado winter.

"Don't be too anxious to go out and cut everything back," said McIntyre.

Some of that advice is the same as it is during other parts of the year.

"They need to keep watering if it's dry outside," said Robin Boutilier of Good Earth Garden Center.

Whether it's right or wrong, the Farmer's Almanac is a tool for predicting the winter ahead, but no matter how they get the forecast, people here are always paying attention to what nature has in store.

"We look at the weather every day," said Boutilier.

That way they're never caught by surprise.

The official government forecast calls for near normal temperatures and precipitation.

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