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Gardening in zone 5b

North America is divided into gardening zones to help categorize and create organization when sharing garden information. This is where you will find information about growing in zone 5b Ohio.

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Splash of Color in the Shade Garden

The news is reporting that we may break records in my Ohio garden for the month of February with record lows. Today is a perfect day to reflect on the shade garden from last summer. Come enjoy the photo show I share today on this post.
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Think Bees and The Blooms They Enjoy

Paul was speaking at the Michigan Nursery Landscape Associations on some pretty cool topics including pollinators in the garden. After hearing Paul speak I really got thinking about the blooms bees enjoy in my garden. In this post I share a few of my favorites along with growing tips.
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Garden Ugly Project : Begonia

Clicking through photos from gardening 2014 I came across this image of the begonia that spent the winter in my master bathroom. The plant survived …however it got really ugly! Loading Ask me about the garde ugly project… This is going to be fun! #gardening #gardenchat View on Instagram Of Course … you know me […]
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Last Day in the Greenhouse

The end of 2014 is leaving us with plenty of sunshine… I’m not going to complain because ( read more and see the video from the greenhouse here)
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German Statice For Christmas

Looking through Christmas decoration images from years past I came across this image of my fireplace mantel decorated with dried flowers from the summer garden.  I totally forgot about 2006 when I was first introduced to perennials with flowers that can be dried.  One of the first plants I grew was the German Statice after […]
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Whats Up With that Carrot?

I grew this carrot in my raised bed garden. What a surprise to pull it out and find it was different than the others. What did I do?  Is this a bad thing? Social Media Gardening Shared @BG_garden to much organic matter in your soil will cause multiple root growth. — matthew robinson (@matthewtheplant) December […]
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Mexican Sunflower Seed Saving

This isn’t the first year I grow Tithonia, also called Mexican Sunflower but it sure did make an impression in my garden this year. When I picked the…
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Manure Makers : Autumn Veggie Garden Update

Winter came early this year with our first snow fall on November 14. I can’t begin to tell you how thankful I’m we were able to get the veggie garden covered with a few inches of manure from the neighbors horses.  Upon completion of spreading the manure I had to share an image on Social […]
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Successes and Failures in the Garden 2014

It’s Monday …  when I turned on my PC and started my Pandora playlist for background music as I worked the first song was Manic Monday. This weekend was our first hard frost in Ohio and I lost a few pretties outside but everything I wanted to save for next year or grow over the […]
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Plumbago in Autumn

In my ‘Red, White and Blue Garden’ the plumbago is still putting on a striking color show. I’m so glad I added this to this little 6’x6′ growing space outside the mud room entry. The only problem I’ve had with this plant is I keep forgetting it’s name. @BG_garden plumbago — renita alexander (@kineard3) October […]
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Lava Lamp Coral Bell

Tucked under a ornamental Japanese maple tree in the small garden in between the porch and front sun room entrance of my home there are a few tiny gardens. Each year it’s been fun trying new things in between the established perennials, hibiscus shrubs and tree. I’ve had containers tucked in between hosta plants,herbs, new […]
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