Archive for May, 2011

Hey Buddy… Got Any Spare Tomatoes?

May 25, 2011 1 Comment
Hey Buddy… Got Any Spare Tomatoes?

Almost every gardener I know always complains they have too much of this or that during the growing season.  If you are one of these fine people, and I am among them, there is something you can do about it.  No, it isn’t planting fewer plants.  Don’t even think that! You can donate your extra […]

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Some New Members to My Garden Family

May 20, 2011 0 Comments
Some New Members to My Garden Family

I love roses.  I like the ones that smell like roses.  That means I have to wait until the roses are blooming at the nursery so that I can actually smell them.  I have found that the tag may say it has a “strong licorice scent” or “slight old rose fragrance” smell, but sometimes it […]

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Learn about Roses

May 19, 2011 0 Comments
Learn about Roses

Yet another event to put on your calendar… this one is about roses. ISU Extension Offers Rose Workshop WAUKON — Roses have the reputation for being high-maintenance, short-lived and disease-prone. Yet our state flower, the wild rose, grows in ditches throughout the state despite the harsh conditions. Isn’t there some middle ground? Many of the […]

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Breakfast on the Farm

May 19, 2011 0 Comments
Breakfast on the Farm

I have heard many stories about how kids in large cities think milk comes from the grocery store.  And cheese is born there, too.  I would hazard a guess that some Midwestern kids think that, too.  If you want to see where your milk comes, straight from the teat, so to say, here is your […]

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Paper or Plastic?

May 19, 2011 2 Comments
Paper or Plastic?

The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier had an article in Sunday’s paper about gardening in a bag.  This is something fairly new to me but it has been around for awhile. One article I found from Missouri State University was from a study in 2008.  Another article I found but apparently forgot to save had images […]

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A Whole Lot of Purple Going On

May 16, 2011 3 Comments
A Whole Lot of Purple Going On

Irises prefer to be moved in the fall.  The irises I needed to move last spring apparently didn’t suffer. We also have a few other items still blooming or beginning to bloom:   Dig it!

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Need Something to Do This Weekend?

May 12, 2011 0 Comments
Need Something to Do This Weekend?

The Mines of Spain State Recreation Area near Dubuque is having an International Migratory Bird Day from 10 AM to Noon, Saturday May 14th.  David Shealer and Dan Wenny from Loras College will be on hand to provide information on migratory birds that come to the area for the summer to nest or stop over […]

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Three Frozen Kings

May 12, 2011 2 Comments
Three Frozen Kings

As nice as the weather has been this past week, I am still waiting to plant my tomatoes.  We still have to get through the Three Frozen Kings. That happens May 12th, 13th and 14th.  The Three Frozen Kings or the Three Kings is a Czech legend that warns us to protect tender plants against […]

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Everything’s Coming up Roses…

May 11, 2011 0 Comments
Everything’s Coming up Roses…

Actually, I have some other things coming up, too…. lilies, tulips, irises, allium… weeds. While farmers have been wanting to get into the fields to get the corn and beans in, I have been wanting to get into my garden to clean up the winter detritus.  When I finally got that chance, it appears the weeds […]

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