Coveting a zone 5 plant – the Butterfly Bush ‘Pugster’


Mon. Jun. 17, 2019

Click on the link below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Coveting a zone 5 plant – the Butterfly bush ‘Pugster’

I have coveted the buddleia or Butterfly bush, for years. I’ve been tempted many times to buy one and see what happens. It’s a zone 5 plant, I’m in zone 4b.

Then we survived the winter/spring of 2019 while some of our hardy shrubs did not. Dang it. THEN I get teased by Proven Winners with ‘Pugster’.  Who wouldn’t love that name!?!

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Perennial planting tips


Fri. Jun. 14, 2019

Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show:  Perennial planting tips

Yes, there is a pun in the title…

Sometimes we forget that not everyone knows how to do things we’ve done for years.  In that spirit, today is about perennial planting tips.

When planting containers:

  • Right Plant, Right Place (I know we talked about this but always a good thing to reinforce)
  • In container planting, mix perlite with your potting soil to lighten it and allow better drainage
  • plant your purchase at the level it
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One gardener’s nope-nope is another’s yup-yup!


Thu. Jun. 13, 2019

Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: One gardener’s nope-nope is another’s yup-yup!

So I just talked with you about eggshells and epsom salts and then I run across an article from one of the other websites that I admire and find them telling folks the exact opposite of what I told you.

So, rather than go into THOSE details, let me just say this… trust University based information but also your gut AND, if it doesn’t hurt you, your plants or your soil, then  … [Continue reading]

The climate is changing


Wed. Jun. 12, 2019

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Those of us who have gardened for some time and those who spend a lot of time in nature have noticed the changes in our climate. There’s really no mistaking it. Science tells this and so do our plants. I talked with you before about the Nerstrand Big Woods, a state park very close to where I live.

They have seen many old growth trees die out due to the amount of unusual moisture  … [Continue reading]

Getting a late start to warm season veggies


Tue. Jun. 11, 2019

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Farmers and gardeners have been in a frenzy trying to get their crops sowed. While farmers have a much bigger challenge, considering their fields have been flooded, home gardeners have had to deal with rain and the cold temperatures we had, which meant a late start to our peppers and tomatoes. I just received tomato plants I ordered online, last week. It was a joy to be able to plant  … [Continue reading]

A tough winter into a nearly non-existent Spring meant plant die-off


Mon. Jun. 10, 2019

Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden  Bite radio show: A tough winter into a nearly non-existent Spring meant plant die-off

There’s no doubt that 2019 gave us brutally cold weather and a nearly non-existent Spring. That’s translated to plenty of plant die-off. In my own yard, I’ve lost 2 burning bushes that had been there for at least a couple of decades.

They sporadically sported leaves but were mostly naked except for the shoots coming up from the ground. Turns out mine weren’t the only burning bushes  … [Continue reading]

Kids and gardening


Fri. Jun. 7, 2019

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Kids and dirt are a natural and now that the school year is nearly over, it’s a great time to think about introducing them to gardening.

Whether you’re an old hand at gardening or a beginner, doesn’t matter, gardening with your kids is a chance to share time and talk!  Keep the kids garden small, about 6 x 10 feet or less, and in a sunny location.  Start with just a few seeds and plants.   … [Continue reading]

Shrubs, shade and dogs


Thu. Jun. 6, 2019

Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Shrubs, shade and dogs

I had a listener who was looking for a shrub for shade.  Sounded simple except she needed one that was not toxic to dogs.  Her backyard is small and fenced so it’s important to make sure that whatever she plants is safe for her two curious dogs.  Take the Yew, please, it’s toxic to nearly everything.

While it grows in shade, the seed inside the berries is toxic to pets and people.

Hydrangeas are  … [Continue reading]

Eastern Tent caterpillars


Wed. Jun. 5, 2019

Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show:  Eastern Tent caterpillars

The Eastern Tent Caterpillar is late but here…  gratefully less abundant as well.

ooooo, these guys send shivers down my spine!  YUK.  The larvae munches on your shrubs and trees.  MOST of the time they will not kill your plant.  Knock these creepy crawlies off in the morning before they wake up to venture out and feed OR after they get “home” and then crush them!

Although they are found on a variety of hardwood  … [Continue reading]

Deer resistant plants


Tue. Jun. 4, 2019

Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show:  Deer resistant plants

While I admire the brown-eyed beauty of the white tail deer, I do NOT admire their munching on my plants!

This delightful deer was on it’s way to my Hosta Cafe.  There are deer “resistant” plants.  Notice I said “resistant” not “proof”!

Due to their toxicity, fragrance or texture, deer seem to be repelled by these plants:

  • Columbine
  • Coneflower
  • Sage
  • Yarrow
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Lenten Rose
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Foxglove
  • Heliopsis
  • Beebalm aka Monarda
  • Boxwood
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