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BONNIE’S GARDEN – Got Cats? They’ll Love This!

By Bonnie Pega
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It’s no secret I’m the neighborhood “cat lady.” I didn’t start out to be the neighborhood cat lady, you understand, but it happens. You start out feeding one stray—and they bring friends. Next thing you know, they’re yours. I’ve had cats all my life—and have been a gardener almost the same length of time. Why…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Your Houseplant Are In For Winter. Now What?

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

To repot or not repot? Unless you broke the pot bringing your plant in, don’t repot right now.  Even indoor plants are responding to the less intense light levels and shorter days this time of year.  While they aren’t dormant, they are not growing very fast.  Save repotting for late winter/early spring (February/March).  Remember, when…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Fall Prep for a Great Spring Garden

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I’ve pulled up all my spent summer veggies—the tomatoes that didn’t have one more bud left on them, the squash that looked, well, squashed and the last crop of bush beans that just didn’t have any bean left. I’ve already planted some fall vegetables—I have some fat little kale plants, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli in…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Batty for Bats

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

October is Bat Appreciation Month. Bats have gotten a bad rap over the years from writers of horror fiction, but they are actually good guys. They are not only pollinators but an outstanding source of pest control. Here are some cool facts about these fellow mammals. Bats are the only mammals that fly. There are…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Amaryllis, Beautiful and Easy

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

This is the time of year to get my all-time favorite flowers–Amaryllis. Well, actually, what we call ‘amaryllis’ are really ‘hippeastrum’–members of the amaryllis family. The plants that are technically ‘amaryllis’ are the Amaryllis Belladonna and relatives, however, hippeastrum has been called ‘amaryllis’ for so long, that we’ll never be able to get people to…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Plant the Bulb That Almost Took Down a Nation

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Despite the fact that the Netherland is the world’s leading grower of tulips, did you know that tulips are NOT native there? Tulips are native to the mountains of Turkey and Russia! So how did tulips get from there to the Netherlands? In the late 1500s, the ambassador to the courts of Suleiman the Magnificent…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Peonies: Beautiful, Fragrant, and Deer-Resistant

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

In the spring, I sit on my deck and admire the peonies in the back of my yard. I watch the occasional deer walk by—and keep on walking. They don’t eat them! I cut a few buds to bring inside because the fragrance is wonderful. I appreciate the beauty that they have brought to my…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Dancing with Daffodils

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Daffodils are one of the first flowers we learn to recognize as children. Maybe we called them “Daffy-down-dillies” or “Jonquils.” Their correct botanical name is Narcissus; the correct common name is ‘daffodil’. Jonquil refers to a specific kind of Narcissus/Daffodil. Daffodils are divided into thirteen different groups, depending on flower shape. They come in large…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Fall Already?

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

September 23 is the Autumnal Equinox. The Autumnal Equinox occurs when the sun is directly in line with the equator. On this day, the day and the night are of equal length. From now until the Winter Solstice on December 21, the hours of dark will be longer than the hours of daylight every day….

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Why Garlic and Onions Belong In Your Garden

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I’m one of those people who believe that onions and garlic make everything taste better. If a recipe calls for half an onion, I figure adding the whole onion will make it better. Same with garlic. And since fall is a perfect time to plant onions and garlic—and we just got fresh garlic and onions…

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