Friday this&that


Fri. Feb. 16, 2018

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Today’s Garden Bite I named “this&that”.  I’ve been giving you lots of ideas for new plantings, it’s fun and there are always pretty pictures.  The one thing I’ve tried to refrain from is the dreaded journaling discussion.  As soon as I say journaling, I see eye rolls!

So, this is about “this&that”… not journaling!  😉

Here’s the thing, with all those new plantings, you’re really going to want to have records of what they  … [Continue reading]

Foliage plants that sparkle


Thu. Feb. 15, 2018

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Have you ever looked out at your garden in the waning days between Spring and Summer, Summer and Fall and thought, man, my garden looks pooped?  Sparkle it up with foliage plants.

Not every plant we plant has to center around the flower!  These foliage plants are workhorses of a sort, not only adding sparkle and texture but keep our gardens beautiful as those flowers fade.  One of my favorite silver foliage plants  … [Continue reading]

It’s always a good day for flowers


Wed. Feb. 14, 2018

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The most romantic day of the year this year, is also the First day of Lent…  so if you’re beloved is giving up chocolate, it’s a good day for flowers!  But then it’s always a good day for flowers!

The most purchased flower on Valentines day is the rose.  No surprise there.  But what meaning is attached to certain colors of roses?

  • Red, the most popular, means love.
  • Pink,  the
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To soil or not to soil


Tue. Feb. 13, 2018

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There are so many soils and soilless mixes on the market, which do you choose for repotting or potting your new plants?

soil, perlite, fish emulsion

What’s the function of soil aka potting media?

  • to anchor the roots
  • provide nutrients to your plant
  • offer good drainage

Ideally your mix will be part pasteurized soil, organic matter like compost or peat moss and drainage material like perlite or coarse sand.  This mix  … [Continue reading]

Re re re Repot!


Mon. Feb. 12, 2018

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reDuce, reUse, reCycle,…..  NOW rePOT

Now’s a good time of year to repot those houseplants that have outgrown themselves.  If their roots are coming out the bottom, or have circled around so many times they’ve formed their OWN pot, it’s time!

This is a spider plant I bought a few months ago

As you can see from the above picture some of those roots have circled around themselves and are of no benefit  … [Continue reading]

Milkweed in all it’s glory!


Fri. Feb. 9, 2018

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Milkweed.  THE plant for monarch butterflies.  

Milkweed – our garden

But it’s not just the common milkweed.  There are, in fact, several options. I’ll get to those.   Karen Oberhauser, Director of the University of Wisconsin- Madison Arboretum, says part of the massive decline of the monarch is weather related.  Early, warm springs tend to be associated with low monarch numbers.  She says that may be due to the mismatch in the timing  … [Continue reading]

Nutritive herbs for pets


Thu. Feb. 8, 2018

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WARNING:  Before you give your pet any herb – KNOW what you’re giving them and ask your veterinarian if you have ANY questions.  If your pet is not healthy – then make sure your vet says it’s okay.

Herbal pet care is becoming more recognized.  I know that I never really liked putting Frontline on my Golden Retriever to protect her from ticks.  It just didn’t seem right to put something on  … [Continue reading]

A change of climate for gardening too


Wed. Feb. 7, 2018

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As we talk climate change in the midst of a winter that has smacked us with some of the coldest sustained temperatures we’ve had in a long time and walloped some of us with snow, while others went without,  there’s a change of climate in the gardening world too.    

Chairman and CEO of Burpee says that vegetables are taking over the gardening world and that is creating a spinoff hobby  … [Continue reading]

Color wheel in garden design


Tue. Feb. 6, 2018

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Winter’s always a good time to make plans for your garden.  There’s more time to look over plant catalogs and surf the web.  I would also suggest using the color wheel.

Having a mishmash of color is certainly fine if it doesn’t give you visual overload, however, mixing too many colors doesn’t allow our eyes to gaze more thoroughly, but instead, can deliver a dizzying sight that isn’t necessarily calming.

Your eye
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Growing Avocados in the North


Mon. Feb. 5, 2018

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I had a listener ask me about growing avocados in Minnesota.  He’d taken some pits and put them in water. One sprouted.  After months and months of sitting in water, it’s started to sprout leaves along with those roots.  The question from there was what to do with it!

avocado pit just breaking open by Ryan Dulin

A How-to guide on sprouting an avocado seed/pit at Inhabitat

I did some research and  … [Continue reading]