Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Friday this&that
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]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Foliage plants that sparkle
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]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Re re re Repot!
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!
As you can see from the above picture some of those roots have circled around themselves and are of no benefit … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Milkweed in all it’s glory!
Milkweed. THE plant for monarch butterflies.
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]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Nutritive herbs for pets
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]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: A change of climate for gardening too
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]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Color wheel in garden design
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.
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Growing avocados in the North
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!
A How-to guide on sprouting an avocado seed/pit at Inhabitat