Why use Coffee in the Garden?

Another great tip from friend and garden expert Ron Wilson. WHY USE COFFEE IN THE GARDEN? WAKE UP YOUR GARDEN WITH COFFEE! DO YOU THINK COFFEE GROUNDS ARE ONLY FOR ACID-LOVING PLANTS? OH, NO!  IT CAN BE APPLIED TO JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE IN THE GARDEN. TRUST ME, THE PLANTS AND THE EARTHWORMS ARE GOING TO LOVE YOU FOR IT!   IF USED PROPERLY AND IN MODERATION, … Continue reading Why use Coffee in the Garden?

Tomatoes, Peppers, Pansies and your Spring Gardening Questions Answered

From friend and garden expert Ron Wilson. For those of you living outside the try-state Cincinnati loop, check out all Ron’s good info on the Ronwilsononline (his radio show) or Natorp’s. com site. SPRING GARDENING QUESTIONS SPRING GARDENING IS HERE IN CINCINNATI! It’s time for spring gardening! Our garden experts are answering the most popular spring gardening questions. “HOW SOON CAN WE START PLANTING OUR … Continue reading Tomatoes, Peppers, Pansies and your Spring Gardening Questions Answered

Lesser Celandine and Marsh Marigold: What’s in your landscape?

Ron Wilson The Rise of Lesser Celandine – Buggy Joe Boggs Mar 17, 2020   Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna(previouslyRanunculus ficaria)) is now very evident in southern Ohio. Blooms have not yet appeared; however, this conspicuous life-cycle stage is just around the corner. This non-native highly-invasive weed belongs to the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae, and is sometimes called “fig buttercup.” The “fig” refers to the shape of the underground … Continue reading Lesser Celandine and Marsh Marigold: What’s in your landscape?

High Roasted Chicken with Green Beans, Tomatoes and Olives

I was hoping to share a recipe I’ve been wanting to try for New England maple mustard roasted chicken. That isn’t happening. It’s not because I don’t have chicken and mustard. It’s the maple syrup not anywhere to be found on my little patch of heaven.  I was hoping for enough sap from our maple tree to boil into homemade syrup. We tapped it weeks … Continue reading High Roasted Chicken with Green Beans, Tomatoes and Olives

It’s Skunk Mating Season in Ohio!

     Friend and garden guru Ron Wilsonpassed this information along: Officials with the Ohio Department of Wildlife said the active critters could stir up trouble in residential areas, particularly around pets. Striped skunks are very adaptable and can become habituated to humans and their trash, pet food and other sources of food, officials said. In particular, they love nicely manicured lawns, which tend to … Continue reading It’s Skunk Mating Season in Ohio!

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

Victorian Manger Herbs and Candy Cane Peppermint Fudge

This morning when I chatted with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, we talked about Victorian manger herbs, along with our pledge drive to keep this radio station up & going. (Yes, if you feel in your heart you can donate, it would be much appreciated).  Anyway, this is a fun and thoughtful topic and adding certain herbs to the manger/creche … Continue reading Victorian Manger Herbs and Candy Cane Peppermint Fudge

Mr. Wilson’s Thanksgiving Forecast and Wish

From friend, colleague and garden expert, Ron Wilson. He shares this every year with his radio listeners and readers to his site. Check out his site for more fun musings on Thanksgiving, plus vintage ads that you’ll find amusing! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! THANKSGIVING FORECAST – Turkeys will thaw in the morning, then warm in the oven to an afternoon high near 190 degrees.  The kitchen will … Continue reading Mr. Wilson’s Thanksgiving Forecast and Wish