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BONNIE’S GARDEN – Growing Herbs Indoors

By Bonnie Pega
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If you have a window that gets a lot of sun during the winter, then why not grow your favorite herbs? All you need is a sunny window (no blinds/no sheer curtains). The first thing to do is take a look at that sunny window. Be sure to check around the window for heating vents….

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Feeding Birds During Winter

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

This time of year, I watch the birds. I also feed them. Because there aren’t many insects available over the winter, most birds that winter here are seed eaters. Some seeds are better than others, however. Seeds and nuts with a higher fat content are best for winter feeding—black oil sunflower seeds and even peanuts….

BONNIE’S GARDEN – What I’m Thankful For in my Garden This Year

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

With Thanksgiving this Thursday, I decided it was time to write down a list of the things I’m thankful for this year in my garden. I’m thankful for how gorgeous my bulbs were this past spring. I may not always be grateful for chilly gray winter days, but spring finally comes. And as hungry as…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – How to Care for Holiday Plants

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

‘Tis the season to give or receive holiday plants so here is a quick care guide. How to Care for Those Holiday Plants Poinsettias Poinsettias will be happiest if set in a fairly bright location. Water when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch. If it is wrapped in foil, poke drainage…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Tis the Season—for Amaryllis!

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Is anything prettier or more dramatic than amaryllis in full bloom? What we call ‘amaryllis’ are really ‘hippeastrum’—members of the amaryllis family. The plants that are really ‘amaryllis’ are the Amaryllis Belladonna and relatives. These days, however, hippeastrum has been called ‘amaryllis’ for so long, we’ll never be able to get people to call them…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – How to Make Sure Your Vegetable Garden is Better Next Spring

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I’ve pulled up all my spent summer veggies—the tomatoes that were “done”, the squash that looked, well, squashed, and the last crop of bush beans that had given out about a month ago. I’ve already planted some fall vegetables—I have some fat little kale plants, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli in right now. But these cool-season…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Why You Should Invite Bats to Dine In Your Garden

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Horror writers over the years have picked bats to play the villains in some of their books but, in reality, they’re heroes in the garden! Because October is Bat Appreciation Month, I’m sharing an updated version of an earlier post on why bats are so important. Interesting Bat Facts Here are some interesting facts about these…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Planting Bulbs Now for a Beautiful Spring Garden

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

We’ve got a great assortment of spring-blooming bulbs, so here is what you need to know: Planting Bulbs by the Numbers October is a good time for planting most bulbs. The exception is tulips, which should be planted in November—they like to be planted in cooler soil. To store them until time to plant, keep…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – A Timely Reminder

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

It’s time to think about moving houseplants back inside for the winter. One of the first things I do is move all the plants right up next to the house—just outside the window that they’ll be in when I move them inside. That gets them used to lower light while they still have Mother Nature…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Onions and Garlic are Easy to Grow and Delicious!

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 even better. Same with garlic. And since fall is a perfect time to plant onions and garlic—and we just got fresh garlic and…

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