Nasty Leaves

Nasty Leaves Garden Clippings for November 18, 2017 Raking those leaves is a nasty chore.  The job starts in late October with Willows, Poplars and Ash falling earliest.  In mid-November when Maple leaves have dropped the work is about half way done.  Oaks are the nastiest because they begin falling in November and keep dropping…

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The Dirt on Dirt

The Dirt on Dirt Garden Clippings for November 11, 2017 What can we add to soil to rejuvenate it?  Let’s look at the most common soil amendments to get the scoop on healthy soil. Peat Moss:  Hands down, peat moss has always been every green thumbers’ favorite soil amendment.  Peat moss helps sandy soil hold…

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Good Bugs

Good Bugs Garden Clippings for November 4, 2017 In the garden, insects are both friend and foe.  We are not fond of spider mites because they suck the life out of junipers and spruce.  Japanese Beetles are among the worst offenders because the grub form eats grass roots and the adult form munches on a…

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Attracting Finch

Attracting Finch to Your Feeder   Garden Clippings October 28, 2017   At the first blanket of snowfall, we’ll scrub down the bird feeders and hang them in the backyard just outside the dining room window. We will fill the feeders with fresh seed and within a few days our feathered friends will delight us…

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Washington

October 21, 2017 Washington Back in 1793, nearly 225 years ago, George Washington laid the cornerstone for the US Capitol Building.  It was America’s most impressive structure. Among Washington’s other quests was the creation of a botanical garden.  This dream was supported by Presidents Jefferson and Madison and in 1920 the USA Botanical Garden was…

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Fall Pruning

Garden Clippings for Oct 14, 2017 Fall Pruning Thanksgiving Day’s incredible weather compelled me to spend time in the garden rather than at the Brigden Fair.  At the end of the day, I realized we accomplished far more than anticipated. Job one was emptying the containers of their seasonal flowers.  Most of the flowers still…

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Neat Freak

Neat Freak Garden Clippings for October 7, 2017 You would never know it by looking at my desk, but I admit that I am a neat freak.  Cheryl is even better than me.  Or worse, depending which end of the tidy scale you are standing. Most of us are.  We get up in the morning…

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Chicago

Chicago – Garden Clippings Saturday September 30, 2017 Chicago, America’s third largest city is perhaps mostly known for its varied and bold architecture. Chicago is a city of museums and art galleries, anchored by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry. For the sports enthusiasts, Chicago is home to the…

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Boxwood

Boxwood Garden Clippings for Sept 23, 2017 In our home landscape, other than dandelions, we have more Boxwood plants than any other plant.  There is a Boxwood hedge bordering the Rudbeckias in the south garden and there are Boxwoods planted at the base of the wrought iron fence.  There is another hedge around the back…

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Holly

Holly Garden Clippings for Sept 16, 2017 Ho, ho, ho, have a Holly, Holly Christmas.  No matter what time of the year, whenever I see a Holly (ilex) bush, I think of Christmas.  Holly’s dark green leaves, with sharply toothed margins along with the familiar bright red berries will put the nastiest scrooge in a…

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