Snowy winter in NH pushes back growing season
MONTPELIER, Vt. - The historic barrage of snow and cold in New England this winter has pushed back the gardening season and left behind damaged bushes, trees and greenhouses as well as gardeners eager to get outside and in the dirt.
The growing season is one to two weeks behind schedule, following a winter that lacked the usual mid-season thaw.
While the blankets of snow insulated and protected plants and roots, the weight of it broke off tree branches, damaged greenhouses and crushed bushes as it fell off roofs. Plants were also damaged by hungry deer, rabbits and voles.
As the ground dries and warm spring days become more frequent, Charlie Cole, general manager of Cole Gardens in Concord, N.H. is expecting to be busy, following the seemingly endless winter.
"Our consumers are tired of the winter and dying to be outside and dying for color," he said.