I know all of you who have a love of gardening also love the wild and natural world. I went hiking recently in the Hocking Hills region of Southern Ohio, and I want to share some pictures of a little critter I met, and a beautiful example of a flower. It is important to know native plants and animals that will appear in your garden, so that you can identify them and know what effect they will have on your cultivated plants.Read more [...]
Time to start bringing your patio plants inside! The first frost is just around the corner in my neck of the woods, and some of you may have already been hit. If you have a porch or patio full of plants that have been outside since the Spring, there are a few things you need to do to re-acclimate them to your house.
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Just as soon as it arrived, Summer is escaping. Kind of like a good friend whose visits never seem to be long enough. I think we have a wonderful Indian Summer coming, and some warm days ahead. That said, Fall is creeping up on to the back porch like a stray cat. There’s no denying it’s been coming around lately.
This years growing season had a strange start. We had about two months of rain with no respite, which pushed back my planting time. I still got a great and dependable harvest though.Read more [...]
This Summer, I ventured into flower gardening, which I had not really done before. I started my green gardening journey with house plants. Once I felt comfortable with those, I started noticing all the green space outside where I could expand. I forayed into vegetable gardening, then started a shade garden full of hostas. (Those were quickly moved out to the front yard, after my dog earned her nickname: The Hosta Accosta.) This year, I found lots of seeds for different flowers, and tried my hand at them. I’m so happy with the results!Read more [...]