Is it good advice for gardeners to only grow the plants they know? Heavens, no. That's not good advice at all. It's good advice to tell gardeners to know the plants they are growing. Otherwise, gardening would be boring, like eating the same foods every day and never trying something new. Or trying one thing new and then sticking with that one dish without thinking about other new foods. I do that sometimes when it comes to restaurants and food. I go to a new restaurant, pick … [Read more...] about Only Grow What You Know?
May Dreams Gardens
If you aren't listening to gardening podcasts because you don't know how to find and listen to podcasts in general, you've come to the right place! Here in one place is everything you need to know. Podcast basics A podcast episode in its simplest form is a recording of one or more people talking about their favorite subject that is then stored on the web for everyone to listen to. There are literally millions of podcasts to choose from, just like there are millions of blog posts to … [Read more...] about How to Listen to Gardening Podcasts
Yesterday I was pleased to be a guest on Better Lawns and Gardens with Teresa Watkins to talk about some books that gardeners might like to see under the Christmas tree this year. If you live in Florida, this is a wonderful radio program to listen to on Saturday mornings. Teresa provides great information for gardening in Florida and she takes questions from callers. I have the utmost respect for anyone who can take live calls and answer questions like that on the radio for everyone to … [Read more...] about Books for Gardeners!
Welcome to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for November 2021. Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in Central Indiana, the first snow of the season fell on the morning of November 14th. Even with the snow, the last of the autumn crocuses, featured in my last post, are still pretty bits of color, leftover flowers from the late autumn. Out in the front garden, the last of the Sorbet violas are still blooming. I'm letting them fade out and go to seed. I'm hoping for their return in … [Read more...] about Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – November 2021
Garden fairies here. We are garden fairies and it has come to our attention that someone is telling people that her autumn crocuses— which were absolutely gorgeous in late October before the killing frosts came—are the result of her magical gardening powers. Um. No. We are garden fairies. They are because of our hard work and the fortunate choice Carol made in planting Crocus speciosus many years ago. Really, her part in all of this took all of about 10 minutes several years … [Read more...] about Garden Fairies Discuss Crocuses in the Fall
It was actually the garden fairies who posted in late August about my plan to spend an hour a day every day in my garden doing something—weeding, deadheading, mowing. I've just finished my 38th consecutive day of this "hour a day" plan. Yep, I haven't missed a day, though occasionally, I have modified my definition of what an hour in the garden is. For example, one day it rained nearly all day, but I gave myself credit for that day because in between raindrops, I managed to plant two … [Read more...] about An Hour a Day in the Garden