Mushrooms in the yard


fairy_1482068cIsn’t odd when you find mushrooms in the grass? I understand them growing on my mulch or lichen on one of the trees, but somehow the concept of bright, healthy grass and fungus don’t seem to go together. Continue reading

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Experimenting with fertilizer


downloadI’m testing a new fertilizer this summer. A neighbor and book club friend recommended I try Milorganite. She says it’s green, works extremely well, and has the added bonus of deterring deer and possibly other mammals. Continue reading

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Gardening ethics  


Tulips and daffodils in my front retaining wall. This will be daylilies when summer arrives

Tulips and daffodils in my front retaining wall. This will be daylilies when summer arrives

My mother called me the other day to tell me she was peeved at Dad because he didn’t think she should be picking daffodils from her neighbor’s woods. In her mind, her dad (my grandpa) had planted the daffodils that had naturalized and spread, the new owners of the woods didn’t do anything to cultivate or encourage the flowers, and they didn’t trek through to see if the blossoms had been thinned a bit. She didn’t see anything wrong with picking a few to bring into the house. Continue reading

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I’m back! Gardening and blogging in Zone 5a


Magnolia tree and daffodils in full bloom with bluebells just starting to bud this morning

Magnolia tree and daffodils in full bloom with bluebells just starting to bud this morning

Each spring, I re-launch my blog. It’s an exercise in learning more about writing blog articles, WordPress websites, and what motivates on social media. To avoid crossing streams, because to quote Ghost-Buster’s movie “that would be bad”, I write about my gardens and family… and not architects and engineers. And then in the fall, as the growing season comes to a close in Wisconsin, I put my blog to bed again. Continue reading

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Wedding flowers


It’s my anniversary. I was married September 5, 1981. The ceremony was at my grandma’s church. The reception in my parent’s backyard. And the dance was at the local country club. I wore white and carried a bouquet of white, blue and yellow blossoms. Continue reading

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Buying Ladybugs


dsc_2487So this is the last in my series of articles on ladybugs this summer. First I talked about why ladybugs are a good idea in your garden and described their entomology. Then I shared some fun trivia and stories about them. And just a few weeks ago I shared my research on building a garden that would attract ladybugs. Continue reading

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Tomato Recipes, Now that They’re Getting Ripe


Tomatoes-on-vineHerbed Tomatoes

3 TBL olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic
4 Cups cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
2 tsp chopped fresh basil Continue reading

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