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« Reply #2: March 08, 2007, 04:32:51 pm »

Yuck for snow.  Thank the gods above and below I'm in Z8b so we're starting to get into the growing season.  I'm still trying to get my garden out of dormancy.  My morning glory has come back from the root - thank goodness.  I'm thinking it's a hybrid of some description because in spite of hundreds of flowers, no seed pods.  Were it not for the root, then I would have been shopping for a replacement.  I've got some roses that seem to be waking up nicely with gorgeous red new growth, and the primrose is blooming.

I'm thinking if you have snow it's still too early to prune back what's already there. Pruning usually causes a spurt of new growth, and risking a freeze on delicate new growth would prolly be not so good.

I started off by clearing away as much of the very obviously dead as I could when the urge to prune early was driving me nuts.  Anything that's brown through, can go.  I give it the fingernail check before I cut to see if there's any life left inside.  Then I snap from the tip in 2-6" segments.  I hate loosing growth if it's absoloutely salvedgeable.

After the snow goes, you can start turning over the rest, and more aggressively clearing.

No knowledge of woad here, if it's not thorny, toxic, or floral it hasn't grown for me yet.  I'll wait around and see if anyone has any spiffy suggestions though.  Who knows, I might give it a try meself.
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