Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Too much TLC can kill
Your tropicals you had outside all summer should be safely indoors now. As we start turning indoors, we’re paying more attention to all of our houseplants. Mostly that’s a good idea but too much T-L-C can kill a houseplant!
Overwatering is the number one killer of houseplants. Almost none of your houseplants like wet feet. We often think water’s the cure-all for what MAY ail your plant. The reality is, MOST of your … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Turn back the clock and bring in some fragrance
We turned back the clock this weekend. Hope you enjoyed that extra hour of sleep! I sure did. I get up real early in the morning and have enjoyed the starry skies for the past month. I also enjoy the crisp fall air and the smells of Fall, especially bonfires.
But, we’re also moving more indoors and, as we clean for the holidays, perhaps you want to bring in … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show; Halloween and tradition
There are differing opinions as to the origin of the celebration of Halloween. For my purpose, I’m going with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced Sow in). These people celebrated the new year on November 1st as the end of summer and harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter.
Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Nature’s nocturnal mischiefs
When I lived out east, the night before Halloween was called “Mischief Night”, the night the older kids went out and soaped windows, tee peed trees and got into trouble! Halloween lore from 1970 to 2000…..
What creatures create nighttime mischief in our backyards?
The top prankster has got to be that cute little bandit, the Raccoon! From tossing our garbage to making their home in our uncapped chimneys, they are a nuisance to … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Orchid love – indoors and out
When I say orchid, what’s your first thought? Most likely it’s those gorgeous delicates you see on sale everywhere from grocery stores to gas stations, and, of course, in local flower shops.
However, there are some natives too! Yes, natives in Wisconsin and Minnesota. In fact, the Showy Lady’s Slipper is Minnesota’s State Flower. Found living in open fens, bogs, swamps, and damp woods where there is an abundance of natural light, … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Tool attention
As a cold wind blows… it’s time to turn to our garden tools. They’ve likely had a workout this year between gardening and storm clean up! They could use a little TLC…
Every year I intend on putting neon tape on my tools so I can spot them when I get distracted to take a phone call or wander off to another project and nearly every year I still manage to lose a tool or two … [Continue reading]
Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Fall this&that
There are still some sales going on at garden centers. If you find a must-have, go ahead and buy it but be sure to give it extra TLC. That means adding organic matter to the soil and digging a wide enough area to spread those roots out into soft soil. Water well up until the soil freezes, sometime in December. THEN add about 3 inches of mulch.