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Redbud Winter happens in late March or early April, when the redbud trees start to bloom.

Now that it is spring — let’s talk about winter.

Seriously, small mini-winters happen after the official start of spring. Oh, these winters are not what the meteorologist talks about, and they are not marked on our Hallmark calendars. These are the winters, appearing and disappearing quickly, used by generations of farmers and growers long ago to gauge the correct time to plant crops.

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Jane Powell is a longtime West Virginia University Extension Service master gardener through the Kanawha County chapter. She is the communications director for a community foundation and a volunteer with several nonprofits in the community. Find her blog, “Gardening in Pearls,” at Contact her at

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