Morels! Yes, They’re Growing!

Friends Char and Butch with a morel harvest. One place there’s no worry about social distancing during these challenging times is when my friends, Charlene and Butch Castle and I go foraging for wild morel mushrooms.   We start out at the bottom of the hill. By the time we reach the top of the hill we have kept our distances naturally — in fact, … Continue reading Morels! Yes, They’re Growing!

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!)

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?

Add Wild Edibles to your Supper Salad

 Salad with wild edibles. See the watercress growing behind the salad?  A reader asked me how I get inspired to write about food every week. Well, here’s the answer. I find inspiration in the simplest of things. Like recently, when I taught interactive classes with children attending the Kids Kuisine event at Anderson Pavilion on the waterfront in Cincinnati.  Headed by Cincinnati Magazine, this fun event … Continue reading Add Wild Edibles to your Supper Salad

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!

Spotting Bagworms – Yes Do It Now!

Spotting Bagworms Friend and colleague, and, of course, garden expert, Ron Wilson shared this information from his site today. I don’t know about you, but we have bagworms on our spruce trees and now, thanks to Ron, I’m going out and do some scouting. Jan 30, 2020 Ever drive by a tree and say to yourself, something doesn’t look right. Many Blue Spruce,Picea pungens ‘Glauca’,are … Continue reading Spotting Bagworms – Yes Do It Now!