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GARDEN TIME with DOUG – February Gardening Checklist

FEBRUARY  IS ONE MONTH CLOSER TO SPRING – YEAH!! Now that January has passed we are getting closer to spring. The first day of Spring is Wednesday, March 20, which is only 48 days away. I have no real complaints about winter so far this year.  We have had a more traditional winter with our…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Indoor Citrus Trees

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Growing citrus trees indoors is fun and easy. I have a Meyer lemon, a key lime, and two kumquats in my spare room right now. So here are a few interesting facts: Citrus is native to Southeast Asia and was introduced to the Americas by Spanish travelers. The world’s leading producers of citrus are Brazil,…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Winter Interest in the Garden

THE GARDEN IN WINTER IS A MUCH DIFFERENT PLACE THAN ANY OTHER TIME OF YEAR When the last of the leaves are raked and composted, and the flower beds are tidied and mulched for the winter, most gardeners retreat to the warmth of their favorite chair and surround themselves with garden catalogs and stare out…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Chirp, chirp

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

There’s not a lot to look at outside this time of year.  Maybe that’s why I enjoy watching the birds. Of course, the best way to attract birds is with bird-feeders.  And I like knowing that it helps the birds, too.  A study conducted during a Wisconsin winter showing that black-capped chickadees with access to human-supplied bird seed…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Hellebores: A Cure for the Winter Blues

NEEDING COLOR IN THE LANDSCAPE THIS TIME OF YEAR? Here we are in mid-January. Compared to last year, this January has been more typical for us when it comes to temperatures and snow. Yes, we had snow this past weekend. But, it was nothing compared to the snow we had in December. And, snow helps…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Five Plants for Beautiful Indoor Color This Winter

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I get it. January and February are b-o-r-i-n-g!  The Christmas tree has come down, the fresh wreath is now tossed, and the poinsettias are dropping leaves every day. And when you look out the windows, there’s nothing much to see—unless you like dim gray winter skies. But there are some ways to brighten up your…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Pruning Is All About Timing

TO PRUNE OR NOT TO PRUNE? – THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION. Here we are in early January and we are having some nice weather and temperatures that allow us to get outside into our gardens and enjoy ourselves with our beloved plants. If there is one question that I get asked more than any other…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Cacti and Succulents

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Cacti and succulents are really “in” right now.  And they should be.  They’re fun, interesting, and easy to grow. The word “succulent” comes from the Latin word “sucus” meaning sap or juice.  All succulents contain specially evolved cells in their roots, stems or leaves that absorb and retain water.  That’s because they’ve evolved in areas…

TALKING GARDENING with DOUG – What’s A Gardener To Do In January?

PLENTY First, Happy New Year to all you gardeners. Whatever the weather and regardless of where we live, January marks the start of another garden year. We made it to 2019. Somehow, all the gardening disappointments of last year with the excessive rainfall seem to be vanishing as we look forward to another great gardening…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Last January, I Made Some Gardening Resolutions. So How Did I Do?

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I resolved to be better about feeding my garden during the growing season.  Fast-growing summer annuals and vegetables need to be fed but I usually get so bogged down in just trying to keep things watered and weeded in the heat, that I forget.  How did I do? Better—but not great.  I did get an…

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