Boone County Arboretum Annual Tea Recipes

Oh gosh, I had so much fun doing my first Zoom presentation for the Boone County Arboretum’s Annual Tea with Josh, Nicole, Stephanie, Donna, and Kris last night. Log onto to their site to see just how lovely and productive this community arboretum is. There may be time for you to bid at the silent auction, too. My talk was about the 4 seasons and … Continue reading Boone County Arboretum Annual Tea Recipes

Hoarfrost: Ever Heard of it?

Ron Wilson What is Hoarfrost? From friend, colleague and garden expert Ron Wilson. His site is ronwilsonline.com – check it out! Dec 11, 2020 Earlier today, I woke up and looked out a window to see a foggy start to the day. At first glance, I however overlooked the frost that was also present. As it became lighter and the morning continued, the frost lessened and by noon the … Continue reading Hoarfrost: Ever Heard of it?

Kids Gardening Fun Even in Winter: Homemade “Chia” Pets: Give as Gifts!

Ann Shipman of kidsgardening.org, shared her knowledge with Ron Wilson on his radio show this morning. So fun! Here’s a recipe for “Plant People” sort of like the chia pets. Grass seed, potting soil and fun craft supplies, plus glue are all you need! Overview: Homemade “Chia” pets are the perfect activity for a cold or rainy afternoon. Materials: Pair of pantyhose Potting soil Grass seed … Continue reading Kids Gardening Fun Even in Winter: Homemade “Chia” Pets: Give as Gifts!

10 Tips on Bringing Plants Inside for Winter

Friend and garden expert Ron Wilson shares his timely tips for which plants to bring in for the winter and how to do it successfully.  THIS WEEK, WE SHARE “10 TIPS ON BRINGING PLANTS INSIDE FOR WINTER.” If you’ve been growing your tropical and non-hardy plants outdoors,  it is time to prepare them to bring indoors. By beginning the process in the fall, your plants … Continue reading 10 Tips on Bringing Plants Inside for Winter

Those Darn Stinkbugs and Asian Lady Beetles

They’re trying to get into my house by flying onto screen doors, crawling along the outside stoop into the house, and other nefarious ways to get in to winter over. I’m talking about stinkbugs and lady beetles! I’m willing to bet you have them, too. Here’s some fun and always timely information from Joe Boggs, Ohio State University Extension. “Buggy Joe” comes through again! This … Continue reading Those Darn Stinkbugs and Asian Lady Beetles

Pucker Up with Vinegar

Homemade herbal vinegars Today on the Sonrise Morning Show I chatted with Annie Mitchell about vinegar – yes, vinegar has ancient Biblical roots. Jesus was given “sour wine”/wine which had turned to vinegar, when he was suffering on the cross. (John 19). The range of vinegars we have today is unparalleled – from cider to clear to wine to balsamic to herbal and more. When … Continue reading Pucker Up with Vinegar

BBQ Baby Back/Loin Pork Ribs

There’s a “gift without ribbons” growing abundantly, and might I say, aggressively, in my herb garden. Check the photo out — it’s a pumpkin vine! No one’s sure how it got there. Anyway, it has taken over the medicinal and culinary areas of my herb garden, and is now vining out over the garden wall and into the Bible herbs area. So far it hasn’t … Continue reading BBQ Baby Back/Loin Pork Ribs

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?

Peter picked a Peck…and so did I: Pickles!!

You’ll never guess how I spent my afternoon yesterday. A hint: it has to do with chickens. Any guesses? If you said “harvesting chickens” you’d be right. But I’m willing to bet not one of you guessed that. But that’s just what I did. The first time ever. And they weren’t my “girls”. The chickensI helped pluck feathers from and get freezer ready were my … Continue reading Peter picked a Peck…and so did I: Pickles!!

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?