Yellowneck Caterpillars: Have you seen these?

Friend and colleague Joe Boggs, from the Ohio State University Extension shares photos and timely information about these creepy caterpillars. Yuck!Jul 23, 2020 Jim Chatfield sent a picture on Tuesday of a group of middle-instar yellownecked caterpillars (Datana ministra) devouring leaves on a witch-hazel (Hamamelissp.) in Secrest Arboretum. Yellownecks feed in groups, sometimes called “colonies,” numbering 10 – 30 individuals throughout their development. The colonies tend to … Continue reading Yellowneck Caterpillars: Have you seen these?

Have you heard of Mexican Sunflowers?

Mexican Sunflower Friend and garden expert, Ron Wilson, showcased one of my newest favorite flowers, Mexican sunflower. I saved seeds from last year and now have a nice row almost ready to bloom. Here’s what Ron has to say about these beautiful and easy to care for flowers: “One of my favorite, newly discovered for me, good for the pollinators, colorful annual is starting to … Continue reading Have you heard of Mexican Sunflowers?

Keep Container Garden Watered While Away

How can I keep my container garden watered while away on vacation? Always such timely information from friend and garden expert, Ron Wilson. Jul 2, 2020 6 TIPS TO WATERING YOUR CONTAINER GARDEN 1.) If possible, group your plants indoors or out in a semi-shadier location. By grouping your plants, they will provide shade for each other. The shaded spot will help them not dry … Continue reading Keep Container Garden Watered While Away

Totable Orzo Salad with Herbs and Veggies

Today on the Sonrise Morning Show, Matt Swaim and I chatted about not wasting ingredients or food that may be slightly past its prime. We talked about using storage onions that sprout (yes, the sprout can be used for green onions), garlic that sprouts (I’ll still use the garlic but some cooks won’t – you can pot up the sprouted garlic and it will grow … Continue reading Totable Orzo Salad with Herbs and Veggies

Orange Dust From Callery Pears

Orange Dust From Callery Pears – Buggy Joe and Jim Chatfield Jun 24, 2020 Wow! Along with the Saharan dust that’s enveloping some parts of the US, here in Southwestern Ohio we have another dust and it’s orange! See what friend and entomologist Joe Boggs, of Ohio State Extension, has to say. Also check out all of Joe’s good information on Ron Wilson‘s In the … Continue reading Orange Dust From Callery Pears

My Vegetable and Berry Garden: Late June

Thought you might like a peek at the garden taken at dusk yesterday.   Rain, our grey cat, takes refuge in the cool soil.  We have a cutting flower row, tomatoes, squash, some herbs, cucumbers, onions, and growing along the trellis behind Rain, black raspberries. I’ll post a photo of my herb garden later. It’s really beautiful and abundant with herbs and edible flowers. Have … Continue reading My Vegetable and Berry Garden: Late June

How to Control Moles in the Garden

From friend and colleague, Ron Wilson, garden expert. Moles are one of the most common and most frustrating lawns and garden pest problems.  With that in mind before deciding what your game plant is take the time to visit the website of our local mole expert, Mr. Tom Schmidt .  You may choose to live with them or try your hand at removing them from your … Continue reading How to Control Moles in the Garden

How to Control Slugs in the Garden

  It’s that time of year when the slugs start showing up in the garden. Friend and gardening expert Ron Wilson of Natorp’s shares this information. Take a look – and now you know….   WHAT ARE SLUGS?   Slugs are simply shell-less snails.  Slugs (snails) feed on a variety of living plants as well as decaying plant matter.  They have chewing mouthparts and cause … Continue reading How to Control Slugs in the Garden

DIY Wild Flower Jellies and Jams

Granddaughters Emerson and Ellery Violet jam One thing that has me smiling is how many of you responded with interest for making wild flower jellies and jams.  My guess is while sheltering in place, you’re noticing what Mother Nature has to offer right in your yard.  Like purple violets (leaves make a healing tea)  and dandelions. Red bud blossoms. On my little patch of heaven, … Continue reading DIY Wild Flower Jellies and Jams

Snap! Crackle! Pop! (And it’s NOT Cereal!)

It’s about boxwood bushes and all the noise that’s going on with them. Here’s what friends and colleagues Joe Boggs, of Ohio State Extension and Ron Wilson ,Natorp’s Marketing Manager and host of “In the Garden” radio show have to say. Crackling Boxwoods – Buggy Joe Boggs Apr 14, 2020 Joe says:I posted a BYGL Alert on Boxwood Leafminer (Monarthropalpus flavus) back in March noting … Continue reading Snap! Crackle! Pop! (And it’s NOT Cereal!)