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I've never, ever even entertained the idea of a guest blog post before. But I decided to make an exception. You see this is no ordinary guest post. I know Jenny and Jenny knows her stuff. And I'm a big believer in raised beds. I've been growing edibles for over twenty years and my new raised beds are a joy to use, plus my veggies are happier than ever. As a professional landscaper, Jenny knows the nuts and bolts of building raised beds, as a gardener she knows how they work from seed to harvest. Enjoy! Better Soil, Better Drainage,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Garden Buzz
Mike its possible hes just sleeping. Check on him later. Rhonda Sent from my iPhone
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I plant pineapple sage but only for the wonderful scented foliage, it never blooms before frost! Lots of Monarchs thru here, but hope for more next year.
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Fall asters are a magnet for bees. What's still blooming and buzzing in your garden? Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
Thanks for stopping by the blog Jeanne. Good to hear of your healthy frog population.
Toggle Commented Sep 29, 2014 on Frog Wrangling in the Garden at The Garden Buzz
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It is good to see them, especially after the extreme winter.
Toggle Commented Sep 29, 2014 on Frog Wrangling in the Garden at The Garden Buzz
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It's said that frogs are a sign of a healthy garden. The season started here with a few frogs hopping among my plants this spring. Then I noted a few more of the spotted green amphibians known as Northern Leopard Frogs in my water feature and a smaller fountain. I was so glad to see them already established and thriving in my new landscape. Then I happened to look down into the window well located alongside the raised beds of my kitchen garden. Eight feet down I counted eight frogs sitting on the pebbles at the bottom of the well... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
Donna: I'm not sure where you live so it's hard to say what to do. If you can wait until a frost and then trim back branches that would be less harmful. If you prune a lot now, it will try to put on new growth, which will not be hardy for winter. I would worry more about the root system and make sure to allow for a large root ball. It may take several people with it being an awkward size. Water it well in its new home. Best of luck. ---Rhonda
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Kristin, so it leans toward more of a tapenade? What a great idea. Thanks for that tip.
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2014 on Basil Bonanza? Easy Pesto Recipe at The Garden Buzz
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Patti: I'll have to try that! Sounds like a great time saver. Thanks for stopping by.
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Mike, they are not going to be crisp when thawed. I would add them to a recipe and since you would be using these in a cooked recipe I imagine once they are sautéed, baked, roasted whatever, they would be a little limp anyway. I'd rather have my own a bit soggy rather than store bought in the winter!
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Can you freeze bell peppers? Certainly. There are several ways but I like this quick and easy method I found on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln website. It's the same as the one I use to freeze berries so I savor summer even in the snowy winter. 'Candy Apple' Bell Peppers just starting to turn red, a great variety with thick walls I've been waiting patiently for my bell peppers to turn that gorgeous shade of red that gives color and sweetness to any recipe. Imagine my disappointment when I noticed that the plant was so weighed down with beautiful bells... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
Thanks Mike. Always good to have you stop by the blog.
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This has been a good year for butterflies, often see four or five different species all at one time flittering around the garden.
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What's blooming? It's more like what's buzzing, and fluttering for this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day in August 2104! It's no secret that The Garden Buzz is all about a lively garden. I've always believed a garden isn't really alive unless there are lots of creatures about. Everyone is concerned about pollinators and people are just now coming to realize, what gardeners have known all along, how important a role they play in our gardens and lives. While I'm at it, I'd love to invite you to join me at #pollin8rchat. It's a Twitter Chat where we bring together people, plants... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
Mike I think I know that look. My FIL always kind of smirks when I let something grow on so I can ID it. One time, he was like, ya know that's hogweed don't you?
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Is it a weed or a wildflower? How do you make the call? When I'm weeding my yard and I come upon an unfamiliar set of leaves, do you do like me and let it be for a bit? Wondering what this uninvited but determined plant will become? I do like horticultural surprises. Will it be a delightful wildflower blown by the wind only to serendipitously land in your garden? Or will be a seedy, rhizomatous monster set on world domination, taking down your garden with it? How do you handle this gardening dilemma? We've all seen those cute little... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
I always hesitate to give unsolicited advice,( like with the trees that are volcano mulched around the corner!) I imagine they will question their results since it appears to be someone who is into trying different things. Just wish they'd loosen up. Thanks for stopping by.
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Ana: You're right, it's a 'Mandarin' honeysuckle. Originally it was supposed to be a Kinseys. No matter it's beautiful like you say. The window box has a story behind it if I ever get around to blogging it! Thanks for stopping by The Garden Buzz.
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I saw the saddest veggie garden today. My heart went out to it. I know its gardener meant well, but the good intentions were lost on this garden. Landscape fabric used for mulch, big fail It looked more like a prison for plants than a place to grow food. I'm sure the heavy coat of landscape fabric was meant to control weeds, perhaps warm the soil. Instead the plants stuck stiffly out of the holes, properly spaced but awkward and fruitless. It was almost like each veggie plant was being forced to wear a scratchy turtleneck in the hot summer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
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Twitter chats are twice as nice as simply tweeting. Although we can't sovle the world's problem in 140 characters, Twitter chats are a great way to connect people for a common cause. My cause is supporting pollinators. Why? Well I love to eat! They are responsible for every third bite we consume. And I enjoy their incredible beauty in my garden. Purple asters attract bees and butterflies Join me on Tuesday, July 22 at 8PM CST and tell us about the pollinators in your garden and community, and how you welcome their presence. Learn more about attracting them and helping... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
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Or should I say "holey" Toledo Botanical Garden, since the Japanese beetles were enjoying the beautiful gardens as much as myself. Good to know even the professionals can't escape this scourge. I've been on the road with my husband for a combination "visit family/tag along on a work trip" jaunt to Cleveland, Toledo, Indianapolis and central Illinois before heading home to where the quickly ripening cukes and beans (and hopefully tomatoes) are waiting for me. Our first stop was in Cleveland to see our son and his new apartment/summer job where he also attends Case Western University. The apartment is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
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I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date! So much going on in the garden but you'll excuse me for missing GBBD by two days due to wedding anniversary #29. Without further ado... Ajuga 'Chocolate Chips', cute as the name Iceland poppy 'Champagne Bubbles', great coral color Texas sage blooming in the kitchen garden along with Redbor Kale Pea blossoms promise sweet, tasty peas in a pod Echium 'Red Feathers' with spikes of pinkish-red flowers Echium 'Red Feathers' with handsome spikes of reddish-pink flowers Window Box with succulents, gomphrena and portulaca Windowbox succulents paired with Gomphrena 'Fireworks' and rock... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
Thanks Mary, I can't decide when I will cut off the seed head of the mullein. It's a hard call.
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2014 on Foliage in the Time of Flowers at The Garden Buzz
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It's easy to forget about foliage in this time of rampant flowering. I thought I'd stroll the garden and find great examples of fresh foliage still unfettered by four-lined plant bugs and meandering leaf miners. Angelica gigas has wine-color veins and sharp serration The slightly twisty blades of Allium tanguticum A delicate heart-shaped leaf of Cercis canadensis 'Northern Strain' redbud One of two uninvited Verbascul bombicyferum, mulleins allowed in garden Like fluttery curled wings on Dwarf Ginkgo 'Jade Butterfly' Soft fuzzy lambs ears, Stachys byzantina 'Helen Von Stein' Blue green spears of Helictotrichon Blue Oat Grass 'Sapphire' What's going on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at The Garden Buzz