Cold today but sunny here in Mesopotamia. I saw 24.5 degrees on the thermometer today......... so warmed up more than they said it would. That's nice! Just having the sun shine is such a mood-lifter for me! The birds were busy at the feeders today, they are fun to watch. I see that an Amish farmer tapped his maple trees this week............... might be a little early for that?? It's not fun having to dump frozen buckets of sap........... been there done that! Also another Amish farm has their… Continue
Added by Deborah Miller on January 30, 2010 at 3:45pm —
Just days after the announcement of Apple's iPad, it's easy to think that all the new ideas are hi-tech, complex and out of reach. And then an idea comes along that is sweet and simple, and based on sharing. A smart lady with the appropriate last name of Farmer, has started a website called The Farmer's Garden, a place where gardeners and farmers can register to sell, buy and trade surplus produce with other local growers and consumers. In… Continue
Added by Rhonda Fleming Hayes on January 29, 2010 at 8:32pm —
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In the fall, I organize an artist of a dozen professional artists in Portsmouth NH that builds Fairy Houses. The Fairy House Tour is run by about 25 volunteers that get kids to build fairy houses all over town throughout the gardens and parks. About 5,000 people turn out to see it. Quite an event with all the little kids (and… Continue
Added by Denise Brown on January 29, 2010 at 9:14am —
Can any one tell me what type of Strawberries to grow in central Oklahoma that is everbearing and that you have good success with.
Added by William Brooks Zone 7/OK on January 28, 2010 at 10:22am —
I noticed that I can not view any photos using Firefox. Is anyone else having this issue? If so, is there a solution to fix the problem.
One MUST have the ability to view photos, especially when it concerns "GARDENS".
Thanks and hope to get this resolved soon...........
Added by Julie P on January 27, 2010 at 8:17pm —
I was singing the praises of alpine strawberries across the table at the Master Gardener luncheon, when I thought I might as well shout across the blog about them too. I think they are about as near to perfect as a plant can be. Gardeners looking to expand their edible landscapes and new kitchen gardeners shoud have this red berry on their radar. Even my dog loves them! Read more about it on The Garden Buzz.…
Added by Rhonda Fleming Hayes on January 26, 2010 at 6:32pm —
Check out this website. Look at thier covers from the past years. The have really neat unusual plants. http://www.plantdelights.com/
Don't forget to look at their "Ghosts of Catalogs Pasts" They have some really funny covers every catalog too.
Added by Cindy Bellwood, Central City, KY on January 26, 2010 at 8:30am —
My 80 year old Wisteria tree/vine has become so invasive that I started chopping is all back last fall and trying to dig up lot of its roots. It seems to be a losing battle, so even though I love it and hate to kill anything, I have just about decided to chop it all down and replant something in its place. I doubt I will stop the root system. It is the toughest thing in the garden to dig up. any ideas. I don't like using poison...
Added by Denise Brown on January 25, 2010 at 10:51am —
I have peach trees that wouldn't fruit last summer. Year before, when I planted them they did. Why?
Added by JENNA MARTIN on January 24, 2010 at 5:33pm —
My first order of seeds came in a couple of days ago. So after dreaming about what the garden will look like this year, its now time to try to make good on the promises I made to myself when finally placing an order.
Last year I was able to grow quite a few things from seed by starting them indoors. I'm also trying to save a little money by saving seeds from earlier packets. However, this year I'm going to try to grow a few gourmet veggies that take an extra long growing season, thus… Continue
Added by J. Scott Hill on January 24, 2010 at 1:10pm —
Well the signs of spring are here, I went to the first garden show in the Willamette valley of Oregon and it is one of my favorite. The Good Earth Show. I found a Peony I have been looking for, a bush type called Memorial Day, a double bright true red, it's an American heirloom variety grown in pioneer days and often used to decorate Civil War graves. I also found a disturbing practice where some bulb growers were selling (at a high price) tulip, daffodils and other spring flowering bulbs that… Continue
Added by Diane Meyers zone 6/7 Or. on January 24, 2010 at 12:50pm —
Winter..dreaded winter, by most, especially in the midwest. Usually I like it. Love the exercise of shoveling..the memories of all the fun the kids and I had in the snow. And most of all I love the beauty of it. Colorless? Hardly. There is such a range of browns and whites and blues, yes blues. But the textures have been breathtaking this season. One morning we had hoarfrost that would rivel any artist and her paintbrush. With the warm days and cold nights, the fog in the early morning froze on… Continue
Added by Kristin Pz5IA on January 24, 2010 at 12:46pm —
What has pollination got to do with pies? It's not that far from the pie pan to the garden or vice versa. Name a pie that doesn't need produce to produce the filling. Cherry, berry or kumquats, it all starts in the dirt. Lest we forget, bees make pies. Every bite is just buzzing with bee power. See The Garden Buzz for the recipe... Pear Tree Pie.…
Added by Rhonda Fleming Hayes on January 23, 2010 at 11:07am —
My garden is under a foot of snow. I went out in the yard and shook of heavy wet snow from branches and shrubs so they would not break. Last year's ice storm broke lots of trees and damaged shrubs, but this year looks mild compared to that. My huge beauty bush bends way to the ground from snow, but manages to come back every year.
I look forward to spring when it turns glorious light pink. I will post a photo of it from last spring. It is glorious again the dark trees.… Continue
Added by Denise Brown on January 21, 2010 at 9:55pm —
Hi...I'm a new member and I consider myself a seasoned beginner:) My husband and I spend hours in the Garden and we enjoy creating new garden areas. We have a half acre and so far have not run out of areas to play. I'm excited about learning from the other members. I've been adding roses to our gardens the last couple of years and we are have problems with some of them. Not sure if it's the cold weather or something else. We have Dublin Bay roses that are 2 years old, and they have lost a lot… Continue
Added by Sharon Harich on January 21, 2010 at 9:00pm —
I am in Kansas, but I can not wait any longer. I am starting some seeds inside. I am expanding my cool plants, and making an herb garden this year. My problem is that I love to cook Italian and my son (10) want a tea garden. Were to begin and stop.
Added by Lisa Dent on January 20, 2010 at 4:48pm —
I usually consider the junco a harbinger of doom when he first arrives in late fall. The junco is a winter bird, a sign there's no turning back. But when winter settles in, my attitude softens. Small birds with that sweet-little-bird silhouette, they come nattily dressed in charcoal gray with a white breast. They seems to be perpetually puffed up against the cold. Finding food, especially under deep snow, is difficult for them and other birds this time of year. What you can do to help them at… Continue
Added by Rhonda Fleming Hayes on January 20, 2010 at 4:03pm —
I know that it's hard to see, but I shot this photograph of myself in my gazing ball! I am new to gardener's index and so far I've found it to be very interesting. Myself, I have a BS in Botany and MS in civil engineering - a strange combination, but they both involve dirt. I'm retired now and focusing more on my gardens. They are my major form of entertainment for 3 seasons.
I'm an eclectic plant collector and I always go to the "New" plants section of garden catalogs first. I love… Continue
Added by Martha on January 18, 2010 at 6:47am —
I recently moved to Florida from Ohio and need advice on gardening here. Obviously the gardening seasons, the soil, just about everything, are very different from Ohio and I'm at a loss as to where to begin. Any advice, help, etc. would be much appreciated. Thank you.
Added by Cathy Becker on January 17, 2010 at 3:53pm —
I just wanted to share some of my "trial & Error" knowledge about growing tomatoes for years of gardening in the Raleigh North Carolina area.
I have tested variouse varieties and have come to the conclusion that all of them wont make it into October, but some that dont are well worth growing..
I plant Better boys for the "long run", they are the best of the F1 hybrids that I have tried. I plant more of them In mid June for Sept- Nov/Dec. They are almosty indestuctible. Very… Continue
Added by Gary Koblich on January 17, 2010 at 2:27pm —