Troubling Tick Season Expected 

Ron Wilson Jun 16, 2021 From friend and colleague, Ron Wilson: Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Writer(s): Alayna DeMartini Source(s): Risa Pesapane Cicadas may be getting a lot of hype these days for their cameo appearance, but one of the state’s year-round regulars can cause a whole lot more problems.  Less exotic looking than cicadas and far smaller, ticks are easy to … Continue reading Troubling Tick Season Expected 

Summer Watering Tips

Home > Plant Care > In the Garden Blog > Gardening Tips > Summer Watering Tips From colleague and garden expert, Ron Wilson of Natorp’s nursery, another timely tip for summer. SUMMER WATERING PLANT TIP During the heat, you need to make sure to check your plants often. Always check your plants each time before you water. Physically and visually check to make sure water is needed by pulling the mulch aside to … Continue reading Summer Watering Tips

Why are my tomatoes turning black?

From friend and garden expert, Ron Wilson/Natorp’s Nursery. Home > Plant Care > Why are my tomatoes turning black? The common gardening question, “Why are my tomatoes turning black?” The answer is Blossom End Rot. Blossom End Rot usually occurs earlier in the season, due to up and down temperatures, poor plant establishment, wet spring, and tapers off as the season progresses and plants become better rooted and weather adjusts.  It … Continue reading Why are my tomatoes turning black?

Sensational Strawberry Pie

Here’s a fun fact: Did you know strawberries are a member of the rose family? And that they are an ancient fruit, over 2000 years old? Our cultivated berries started out as wild childs… Ancient Romans loved strawberries and found them a superior medicinal fruit. Strawberries contain a lot of Vitamin C, among other nutrients. Plus a good amount of fiber. Today Matt Swaim, Sacred … Continue reading Sensational Strawberry Pie

Citrus Cake with Secret Glaze and 7 Up Cake Memorial Day Desserts

Many of you know each week I chat with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio. Today we talked about the miracles with food that were performed during Bible days. For example, water turned into wine at Cana. Another example: 1 Kings 17, the prophet Elijah visits the home of a poor widow and her son. He says to her, “Make me … Continue reading Citrus Cake with Secret Glaze and 7 Up Cake Memorial Day Desserts

Asian Ramen Cole Slaw Still Popular Picnic Fare

Memorial Day this year will certainly be a lot more fun than last year. You remember it, don’t you?  Still sheltering in place, not having our usual gatherings inside or out.  Well, I’m hoping where you are mask requirements are relaxed enough to enjoy family and friends on this most meaningful day. Now when I was a kid, we called it “Decoration Day.” Even though … Continue reading Asian Ramen Cole Slaw Still Popular Picnic Fare

Yogurt, Ancient Biblical food

 Today Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart Radio, chatted about yogurt and its Biblical roots. Here’s some interesting information along with a yummy recipe for baked chicken with yogurt, garlic, cheese, and more! Many Bible scholars believe that the curds mentioned in the Bible referred to sour or curdled milk (curds)  –  what we call yogurt today Those curds, or yogurt, during Bible days were … Continue reading Yogurt, Ancient Biblical food

Raised Beds vs Container Gardening: What’s the difference and which one is best for you?

Today on the Son Rise Morning Show, Matt Swaim and I talked about gardening. Raised beds rest directly on the ground and raise the soil level up by as much as two feet, while container gardening uses enclosed pots that you can move. Both container gardens and raised beds warm up quicker than an in ground garden.Raised beds are often larger than containers, although some pots … Continue reading Raised Beds vs Container Gardening: What’s the difference and which one is best for you?

5 Good Container Herbs for Cooking

When Mother Nature offers her wild bounty, she doesn’t take into account we may be busy with other things, like harvesting spring produce or working to patch leaky gutters. That’s why I’m a bit late in getting this column to my editors. For the past week, along with regular chores, we’ve been outdoors, sometimes over hill and dale, foraging for wild edibles. Morels are in … Continue reading 5 Good Container Herbs for Cooking


It has been a while since I published this, and it got resurrected from my files due to a reader request. “We were at a friend’s home for dinner and she made the most delicious stuffed pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon. My friend told me it’s a Rita recipe and it’s not difficult. Will you share?”  Well, sure. It looks like it’s hard to make, … Continue reading PEPPERED BACON WRAPPED & STUFFED PORK TENDERLOIN