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Bring nature to life in the garden

August 12, 2013 Some people love to decorate their garden with whimsical statues, colorful whirling pinwheels, nasty-looking gnomes and gargoyles and all sorts of fairy-tale characters, while others prefer the... more »»

Help the garden recover from rain

August 5, 2013 I heard the other day that we suffered the fifth-wettest July since recordkeeping began, and that the fourth-wettest was more than 100 years ag. more »»

Marker set to be dedicated

August 5, 2013 BROOKFIELD MARKER TO BE DEDICATED: An Ohio Historical Society marker dedication commemorating Brookfield’s part in the Underground Railroad will be held at 6 p.m. more »»

It isn’t too early to think of Halloween

July 29, 2013 A few years ago someone asked me to stop at their house and check out a strange vine that was growing alongside their driveway. more »»

The fine line between weeds and flowers

July 22, 2013 I enjoy reading and writing about weeds, especially when I can learn new information about the weeds in my own garde. more »»

Extend the season in the veggie garden

July 15, 2013 Vegetable plants are difficult to find this time of year and pickings in the garden centers are growing increasingly thin. Midway through the season, however, we don’t have to stop planting. more »»

Catnip, catmint are not the same

July 8, 2013 I often get asked by cat owners how do they grow a decent crop of catnip before their cat rips it out by the roots. The answer is easy. more »»

Bedstraw is a weed that bites back

July 1, 2013 It isn’t unusual to find common field weeds trying to invade our cultivated gardens, but sometimes we seem to be engaged in a never-ending battle. more »»

Hens and chicks are becoming trendy

June 24, 2013 Anyone who has spent time browsing gardens on social networks lately, particularly Pinterest and Facebook, may have noticed a large number of creative succulent garden photos being posted to the... more »»

Grow Japanese maples as ornamentals

June 17, 2013 When it comes to growing ornamental trees, nearly everyone these days has a dwarf weeping cherry or two somewhere near the house. Everyone except me, that i. more »»

Late-blooming lilac changes color

June 3, 2013 I’ve written before about Miss Kim lilac, the late variety that opens its flowers long after the common lilac is finished blooming. But this season my Miss Kim has done something strange. more »»

Late-blooming lilac changes color

June 3, 2013 I’ve written before about Miss Kim lilac, the late variety that opens its flowers long after the common lilac is finished blooming. But this season my Miss Kim has done something strange. more »»

Banned herbicide is still showing effects

May 27, 2013 It’s been more than 20 years since we put chemicals on our lawn. more »»

As the mowing begins, so do the allergies

May 20, 2013 Back in the 1980s, we had a bit of a scare when the husband was rushed to the hospital after being stung by a honeybee. more »»

Weeds aren’t what they seem

May 13, 2013 When I was very young and had to go to my grandparents’ house while my parents worked, there was no computer, video games or children’s television networks. There was only outsid. more »»

Battling wildflowers not so glorious

May 6, 2013 The National Garden Bureau has proclaimed 2013 as the Year of the Wildflower, and as much as I enjoy many species of native wildflowers, I can’t warm up to field bindweed. more »»

Planting tomatoes isn’t complicated

April 29, 2013 It doesn’t take a theoretical physicist to figure out that tomatoes are probably the most popular vegetable planted in gardens today, so you would think that planting them would be easy. more »»

Happy-faced pansies brighten up spring

April 22, 2013 There’s a reason the garden centers are full of pansy baskets this time of year. Pansies love cool weather and their bright colors, and happy faces cheer up anyone who happens to come across them. more »»

Catkins and other strange things

April 15, 2013 Every time I go searching for something about gardening, I find something else that is equally, if not more, amazing. more »»

It’s never too early for look for pests

April 8, 2013 A couple years ago, I went on a tirade about the Viburnum Leaf Beetle attacking the shrub just outside my bedroom window. more »»

 
 

 

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