What Happens to Honey Bees in Winter?

Colleague and garden guru Ron Wilson, shared this information about honey bees surviving in the winter. Getting a beehive through the winter is the greatest hardship in Routt County (that’s a part of Colorado)  beekeeping, said Bill Fetcher, who keeps seven hives between the Fetcher Ranch in North Routt and his home a few miles north of Steamboat Springs. “If I were a queen bee … Continue reading What Happens to Honey Bees in Winter?

2020 Food Trends and Fish en Papillote

Butterfly pea tea – photo Wikipedia Fish in parchment A few food trends for 2020 have really caught my eye. Among them is the color blue. No, not blueberries. Or even blue potatoes. Have I peaked your interest? Read on. Purple yams Ube is the new “it” root veggie — actually more purple than blue. It’s showing up in ice creams and donuts.  Mountain spinach Orach, … Continue reading 2020 Food Trends and Fish en Papillote

Buy Amaryllis Now for Holiday Bloom

Friend and garden expert Ron Wilson talked about Amaryllis and why you should buy them now (hint: I takes 6-8 weeks to flower!). So here’s what Ron has to say: This week’s plant pick definitely gives one of the best holiday and winter ‘flowering’ shows of all the holiday plants.And, it makes a great Christmas gift for anyone. So why is this our pick for this week?Because … Continue reading Buy Amaryllis Now for Holiday Bloom

Why Plant in Fall?

Why plant in fall? Fall is a great time to plant for many reasons. The main reason is plants are shutting down their tops for the season and getting ready for winter. During this time, their roots kick into high gear. Did you know in the Fall plants develop more roots than any other time of the year?   Check out Natorp’s site for all the … Continue reading Why Plant in Fall?

Milkweed and Monarchs (and other insects that like milkweed)

Joe Boggs chats with Ron Wilson on Ron’s gardening show each Saturday. Joe is with Ohio State’s Extension Agency, and he is one smart “bug man”. He  shares this very interesting information about milkweed, monarch butterflies and other insects that use milkweed as a host plant. Read on, this is fascinating stuff! This is the time of the year when the menagerie of insects that feed … Continue reading Milkweed and Monarchs (and other insects that like milkweed)

Container Herb Garden for Mom

On Earth Day, I visited my granddaughters Eva’s and Emerson’s school. We had fun sharing seeds and plants and talking about being good stewards of our earth. The girls gave their teachers container herb gardens. A few had questions about growing herbs in containers. I’ve had requests from some of you about the same subject, so I thought it a timely topic.  Although I grow … Continue reading Container Herb Garden for Mom

DIY Mary Garden for Mother’s Day

Each week I chat with Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show. Today, since Mother’s Day is this weekend, we talked about Mary Garden’s. Here’s some fun information. A MARY GARDEN  Mary Gardens were started during medieval times and were usually gardens that were enclosed, often in monasteries.    I have always felt that an herb garden needs a statue of Mary, even before I … Continue reading DIY Mary Garden for Mother’s Day