From Iceland — Gardeners Concerned About A Warm Winter

Gardeners Concerned About A Warm Winter

Published December 7, 2016

Photo by
Axel Sigurðarson

While opinions are still mixed regarding how warm our winter is shaping up to be, one group is decidedly puzzled: Iceland’s gardeners.

“We hope that it starts getting colder, preferably with a little snow on the ground,” Kristinn H. Þorsteinsson, the education and project manager for the Icelandic Gardening Society, told Vísir. “[Snow] prevents ice from getting too far down into the earth, and treats the roots better.”

Despite the present circumstance, Kristinn told reporters he is not particularly stressed.

“Our worries are not very great,” he said. “Plants have a lot of flexibility against these conditions. The light will wake them up in the spring, and now the days are getting shorter. But we don’t know exactly what will happen.”

As reported, meteorologists are already predicting that there will be no snow for Christmas. This particular December has been significantly warmer than the average temperature for this month over the past 50 years.

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