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Preparing the spring garden

November 4, 2013 Although the optimum time for planting spring bulbs in our area is September or October, if you missed this window and still have bulbs, plant them now or as soon as possible. more »»

Filling in the garden with flowers

October 28, 2013 Over the past few weeks we’ve talked about garden design, particularly choosing the site for the garden based on light availability and drainage and putting in the hardscaping, which includes... more »»

Filling in the garden with flowers

October 28, 2013 Over the past few weeks we’ve talked about garden design, particularly choosing the site for the garden based on light availability and drainage and putting in the hardscaping, which includes... more »»

Begin a new design with hardscaping

October 21, 2013 Around the house and on the computer the term hardware refers to the equipment and attachments that pull everything together. In the world of gardening, it’s referred to as “hardscap. more »»

Gardens that are made in the shade

October 14, 2013 When my mother wanted to fill in a shady spot near the house, she invariably went into the nearby woods and dug up several clumps of ferns. more »»

The vine that ate the south is here

October 7, 2013 I was planning to continue my series on garden design this week with shade gardening, but something important came up, and I didn’t want to wait. more »»

Designing a garden takes planning

September 30, 2013 I often get asked if I do garden designs. I am not a professional designer and have not been trained in garden design. more »»

Where have all the Monarchs gone?

September 23, 2013 A few weeks ago someone asked the question, where have all the Monarch butterflies gone? I didn’t know. more »»

A pine that’s not really a pine

September 16, 2013 When the night temperatures began to fall, we knew it was time to starting bringing all the indoor plants back inside. more »»

Weeds are not what they seem

September 9, 2013 With a name like Ambrosia, you would think this plant would be sweet smelling, lovely to look at and a delight to have in the garden, but common ragweed is instead an irritating allergen and... more »»

There is reason for the expression “cool as a cucumber.” It’s because cucumbers really are cool on the inside, as much as 20 degrees cooler than the outside air, as a matter of fact. This is the time for cucumbers. Co-workers are bringing them into the o

September 2, 2013 There is reason for the expression “cool as a cucumber.” It’s because cucumbers really are cool on the inside, as much as 20 degrees cooler than the outside air, as a matter of fact. more »»

Losing a plant means losing a friend

August 19, 2013 With work to be done on the foundation of my house, I’m afraid I will be losing one of my favorite plants, chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘pendula.’ You can call her Nootka. more »»

Bring nature to life in the garden

August 12, 2013 Some people love to decorate their garden with whimsical statues, colorful whirling pinwheels, nasty-looking gnomes and gargoyles and all sorts of fairy-tale characters, while others prefer the... more »»

Help the garden recover from rain

August 5, 2013 I heard the other day that we suffered the fifth-wettest July since recordkeeping began, and that the fourth-wettest was more than 100 years ag. more »»

Marker set to be dedicated

August 5, 2013 BROOKFIELD MARKER TO BE DEDICATED: An Ohio Historical Society marker dedication commemorating Brookfield’s part in the Underground Railroad will be held at 6 p.m. more »»

It isn’t too early to think of Halloween

July 29, 2013 A few years ago someone asked me to stop at their house and check out a strange vine that was growing alongside their driveway. more »»

The fine line between weeds and flowers

July 22, 2013 I enjoy reading and writing about weeds, especially when I can learn new information about the weeds in my own garde. more »»

Extend the season in the veggie garden

July 15, 2013 Vegetable plants are difficult to find this time of year and pickings in the garden centers are growing increasingly thin. Midway through the season, however, we don’t have to stop planting. more »»

Catnip, catmint are not the same

July 8, 2013 I often get asked by cat owners how do they grow a decent crop of catnip before their cat rips it out by the roots. The answer is easy. more »»

Bedstraw is a weed that bites back

July 1, 2013 It isn’t unusual to find common field weeds trying to invade our cultivated gardens, but sometimes we seem to be engaged in a never-ending battle. more »»

 
 
 

 

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