Gearing up for Goblins


Wed. Oct. 17, 2018

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GBTK 10-17-18

Pumpkin PICKING for carving is an art itself!   For the best results using stencils, you want the smoothest pumpkins.  Choose a nice even color and the stem should be at least long enough to use as a handle for the lid.  If you happen to break off the stem, don’t worry, just cut out the bottom instead. You’ll also want a flat bottomed pumpkin.

perfect carving pumpkin
stencil

Here’s a little video  … [Continue reading]

Falling for the Season of Pumpkin Spice!


Tue. Oct. 16, 2018

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Love it or hate, it’s pumpkin spice everything season.  I have a friend who grinds her teeth every time the pumpkin spice comes out at her favorite coffee shop, another who can’t wait for the pumpkin spice creamer and sends her husband to buy as many as a husband is willing to do!  About 3 bottles worth.  In case you’re interested here’s a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Latte! … [Continue reading]

Tenacious bulb eaters


Mon. Oct. 15, 2018

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Those darn little rodents!

Wha?

Ya, you!

People have discussed ideas about what to do for as long as we’ve planted bulbs.  The best method so far is to place chicken wire over your bulb bed, secure it with stakes or heavy rocks and then mulch it with woodchips, shredded bark or leaves. The plants will grow up through the wire or hardware cloth.

Chicken wire

You could sink the wire into the ground,  … [Continue reading]

Grab bag of gardening


Fri. Oct. 12, 2018

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Today we’re revisiting some emails I’ve received.   If you’ve taken advantage of those plant sales but find you don’t have time to plant – Don’t panic.  Find a spot in your landscape and plant those perennials still in their pots.  Sink them into the ground up to the pot level, keep watered till the ground freezes and mulch.

Then come spring, after you’ve decided where you want to plant them, dig them up  … [Continue reading]

Repellex – a later version


Thu. Oct. 11, 2018

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Deer are beautiful animals until they mosey over to my landscape and start munching !

As gardeners we’ve used loud noises, Irish Spring soap, pepper spray and a variety of other so-called surefire ways to keep the deer at a distance without consistent results.  

not my deer… not my yard…

There’s also another critter that creates chaos for young trees in particular, it’s the lowly mouse and it’s cousin the vole.  Mice  … [Continue reading]

Crocus, hyacinth and iris too


Wed. Oct. 10, 2018

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Tulips and daffodils are lovely but oh, there’s so many other bulbs to plant!  From early blooming Crocus to fragrant Hyacinths and later-blooming Alliums which keep the color coming until summer’s perennials start to flower.

Siberian squill

I love the look of Spring lawns dotted with naturalized bulbs.  Before the mowing season, there are some little delights.  An early Spring crocus includes ‘BluePearl’ .   White Flower Farm says the blue is pale  … [Continue reading]

Planting Spring bulbs


Tue. Oct. 9, 2018

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I remember many years planting Spring bulbs with my fingers so dang cold they felt like frostbite! Oh but the delight of spring blooms is worth it… most of the time!

There’s a tulip I’m tempted by called ‘Dancing Fairy’… seriously that just sounds fun! This tulip is from the western Alps region of southeast France. Its petite yellow blossoms are brushed with orangey red.  How sweet would this May bloomer look under  … [Continue reading]

EAB – Chaos and creation?


Mon. Oct. 8, 2018

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You’ve heard me talk multiple times about Emerald Ash Borer, the bug that will destroy the vast majority of ash trees.  Notice I said, WILL.

EAB adult and larvae

The exotic beetle from Asia, was discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in the summer of 2002.  Since that time, it has been discovered in 33 states and 3 Canadian provinces.  EAB has killed over 8 billion  Ash trees and will continue. … [Continue reading]

Vegetable harvest tips


Fri. Oct. 5, 2018

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By this time your vegetable garden is nearly compost, or is it?

Brussel sprouts photo by Passing the Relish

Brussel sprouts are always late in the season.  I’ve grown ‘Octia’, and while they were good, for me, the plants take up more garden space than I care to give up!    Passing the Relish, is a Wisconsin gardener with tips on growing brussel sprouts.

My ‘Octia’ harvest steaming…

Harvest the root crops you plan  … [Continue reading]

Bringing plants indoors


Thu. Oct. 4, 2018

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Some crisp Fall air has lifted the humidity that makes my hair frizz and it feels good!  For those who’ve had tropical plants outside it’s time to start preparing to bring them indoors.  Some have already had to as temperatures dipped into the 30’s for northern zones and you’ve had SNOW!  Well, some flakes anyway…

If it’s just one day of cold, consider a cloth or inside a shed or garage.  The general rule of thumb  … [Continue reading]