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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
Thanks Alana, I need all the warm weather wishes I can get!
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May 15! But who would know it? Lows in the 30's, how am I supposed to plant, I ask? So afraid of stalling growth in plants by putting them out too soon. Are you in the same persistent winter-reluctant spring boat as me? These are the questions that keep gardeners up at night, when they should be resting up for a hard day's work/play in the garden. So...slim pickins for GBBD. For my first in so long after going without a garden during our building process, I had hoped to re-enter with a blooming bang instead of a floral whimper.... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
Shorter varieties and a shorter season make for shorter vines. :(
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Ooh, I'm so excited. I can see my little pea seedlings poking their heads out of the soil. I can hardly count the days until they are ready. Get out the butter! Peas in the pods! Lately in catalogs and garden centers I've noticed more and more pea trellis apparatuses, (or is that apparati?) for supporting the treasure-laden vines. Some are flat, some are tilted, some are arched, but all are pretty pricey. I've always made my own pea trellises from bamboo poles and zip ties. They end up looking sorta cottage/sorta Asian. A little wonky. Whatever, they do the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
Linda, I would imagine they were custom made. Although they look intricate they have repeating shapes that could maybe be copied? I'll try to ask Allen more about them. Thanks for stopping by The Garden Buzz.
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Cheryl: I know what you mean by it being sweeter than city grass. Hoping to smell any kind of newly cut grass soon, winter in Minnesota has lasted way too long.
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2014 on Mmmm...What Smells So Good? at The Garden Buzz
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Oh, math. I'm all about words, I don't do numbers. I don't buy into the stereotype, it's not about my gender, it's just not my genre! Beyond basic measuring and simple operations, I refer and defer to my husband the engineer. Or when he's home from college, the mathematical prowess of my son, the almost-engineer and general spread sheet wizard. I can hardly wait for spring, so when I had to figure out the few inches of topsoil/compost mix needed to refresh my raised beds, I turned to Tom. Like a trooper he went out in the snow ( I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at The Garden Buzz
It was fun to play in the dirt! Spring is on the way, I think.
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