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An Ounce of Prevention

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

So many people are out now taking advantage of warm sunny days to plant their vegetables, I thought I’d re-run my blog from a couple of years ago on preventing diseases in your vegetable.  It’s a whole lot easier not to get a problem in the first place… Unfortunately, our commonly grown garden vegetables are…

Plant a Tree, Create a Memory

This Friday, April 27, is NATIONAL ARBOR DAY.  This is a day set aside to celebrate the value that trees add to our lives and to promote tree planting and care. Arbor Day began in Nebraska 145 years ago.  At the time Nebraska was mostly prairie land.  During its first celebration in 1872, it is…

Bee Informed

Last week my blog was about supporting our wildlife.  I concentrated this blog on our need to support our beloved hummingbirds.  I learned a lot when writing the blog.  Now, I want to continue this theme with supporting our wildlife and concentrate this blog on our bees.  There is so much that we can learn…

Spice Up Your Garden With Horseradish

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Horseradish brings up visions of rare roast beef, doesn’t it?  But it’s also a very versatile vegetable that can be used many ways.  The young tender leaves can even be used like arugula in salads or on sandwiches. Horseradish is a perennial that is related to cabbage, broccoli, arugula, etc.  It has been cultivated for…

Creating A Habitat For Wildlife

Starting late last month,  the ruby-throated hummingbird has migrated back into our area.  The hummingbird needs our help.  Like so many species of wildlife, the hummingbird is plagued by the loss of habitat.  However, we can plant a haven to support our hummingbirds.  As pollinators, the ruby-throated hummingbird, which is a joy to see, are…

Planting a Rainbow of Summer Color

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Did you know that dahlias were originally grown as a food crop?  They were cultivated as an edible by the Aztec Indians who roasted and ate the tubers.  It’s said they taste like a cross between a carrot and a potato. As a matter of fact, they were originally introduced to Europe in hopes they…

Things To Do In April

Are you wondering when spring will finally get here?  It sure has been a challenging year so far for gardening.  We had one of the coldest January on record which did a lot of damage to many of our beloved broadleaf evergreen plants.  February was the 4th warmest on record.  Many plants came out of dormancy…

April is National Garden Month

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

April is National Gardening Month. No wonder–Forsythia, redbuds, Bradford pears, daffodils, and tulips are blooming everywhere you look.  Right now my own yard is a riot of color—the lush rose pink of the redbud, the sunny yellow of the forsythia and daffodils, the little patches of rich blue muscari and light blue starflowers, and the…

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