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Dreaming of lush greenery on a cold winter's day

Do all these cold days have you dreaming about warmer weather and lush greenery?

Well, those days are eventually coming but, in the meantime, there is still plenty that you can do to ensure the growing season ahead is a successful one.

This is the perfect time of year to plan ahead for what you intend to plant in those holes in your gardens that you noticed during the past growing season. This is also a great time to sit down with your favourite seed catalogue, or host a seed swap with friends and plan what it is you will be growing this year to provide a valuable food resource for yourself, your family or your friends.

Starting plants from seed, watching the seedlings grow, transplanting them into the garden or planter, and then getting to enjoy your bounty is one of the greatest rewards for all your hard work and dedication.Green 2 B

What else can I do in the winter to help my gardens grow more plentiful this season?

  • Take a preventative approach. Avoid piling snow on tops of trees, shrubs and bushes, as this can damage and break branches. While snow is a great insulator, heavy accumulations of it can lead to the demise of your dormant trees and shrubs by damaging them.
  • Be mindful of where you apply salt or use a greener alternative. Heavy accumulations of salt exposure can lead to a buildup of salts within your soil, which in turn can be quite detrimental to some plants. Try to limit the amount of salt exposure to your gardens and turf by not shovelling snow and ice that is laced with salt directly onto your flowerbeds, around the base of trees or shrubs, or on your lawn.
  • Avoid compaction. Driving automobiles or machinery directly over flowerbeds, turf or the base of trees and shrubs repeatedly can lead to compacted soil, which limits the amount of readily available rooting space your plants require to thrive and flourish. Even though frost may be present in the ground, it is still possible to compact the soil during winter months.

Communities in Bloom

Are you interested in making Amherst a better place to live, work, and play? Have you thought about joining Communities in Bloom Amherst?

This community focused group aims to enhance Amherst and its greenspaces through environmental stewardship and is welcoming new members who would like to make Amherst a better place.

For more information on Communities in Bloom and the importance a group such as this has on communities, please visit their website at www.communitiesinbloom.ca. If you are interested in joining Communities in Bloom Amherst or for more information about this group, please contact Chelsea Baird, town horticulturist at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (902) 667-6500. 

 Stadium activities

The indoor walking track at the Amherst Stadium is a great way to stay active during the winter months. It provides the opportunity to get out of the cold and wind and walk on a safe even surface. So why not grab a friend and enjoy a walk and talk at the Amherst Stadium!Rambler 25 B

The Jr. A Amherst Ramblers will be in action on Feb. 22, as they take on the Edmundston Blizzard at 7:30 p.m. The following evening, Feb. 23, Amherst will play host to the Yarmouth Mariners beginning at 7 p.m. This game should a great one to watch as they battle it out on the ice with playoffs just around the corner.

Get out side and enjoy  

As we are beginning to see more daylight hours, there is an increased opportunity to get outside, enjoy nature and be active. We have many great parks and trails throughout our town for all to enjoy.

We hope we can all work together to continue to keep those parks and trails clean and tidy by picking up litter as we see it, and by making a conscious effort to put litter in its place.

“A Place to Play” downtown skating surface is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., weather permitting. We hope you take the opportunity, while you can, to enjoy an evening skate amid the beautiful lights.

What’s happening

Learn what is happening around the community visit our free community events listing, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. If you have questions, community events or information to share, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-667-6500.

Here is a taste of what’s happening around Amherst:

  • February 20 - Adult Multisport- 8 p.m. - West Highlands School
  • February 22 - Amherst Farmer’s Market - Lions Club
  • February 23 - Coldest Night of The Year - YMCA