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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.

@BG_Garden twitter share on the road!

Twitter Junkie and Proud Of It!

They say the first steps to recovery is ‘admitting you have a problem’. However, I am fighting with myself to agree that  my addiction to sharing my gardening world by using the social networking site Twitter is an actual problem.   As a parent it is a general rule that we do not ‘text’ during dinner […]
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Safe To NUKE anywhere!

Quick Note About A Quick Cure

Busy Bee takes on a whole new meaning if you are gardening back near my greenhouse in the  potting table area this time of year.  These big wasp type insects are buzzing away at the untreated lumber used to construct the hang over that shields my potting table from rain.   This type of structure is […]
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Pizzazz in My Raised Beds

Pesto Pizzazz Recipe

Basil Plant Loaded with Flavor Adds To The Energy Of This Raised Bed Burpee Sweet Basil & Ball Annual Favorites This is the second year of totally mixing it up in the gardens around the greenhouse.  In the images above I share a few of my favorites by Burpee Home Garden. Color dances early in […]
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Daisy Blooms June - August

Shasta Daisy : Silver Princess Guaranteed Bloom

Silver Princess Shasta Daisy Take Center Stage This evening I spent a few moments with my 50mm lens on my Nikon Camera in my home garden that is totally taking shape after a rough spring.  I will admit that after spending yesterday in award winning landscapes  with the APLD group I thought I would return […]
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Zinnia Seed Labeling Tip from Bren

Zinnia Seed Indentification Made Easy

Pink, Yellow & Orange – BGgarden Theme Colors 2011 IF you are familiar with my garden networking there is no doubt you will agree I’m a seed addict.  I love everything about seeds!  How can anyone not love the experience of nurturing your own plants in your home & garden? Saving seeds from the plant […]
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Memorial Day Flower

The high school band march to the ceremony down Main Street The Geraniums loving the heat at the Cemetery Ceremony (be sure to click, on the video blow for music while you check out this post) Selection from the High School band at the Ceremony Like this:Like Loading…
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Yellow Is My Favorite Color

Capture Before The Storm

Two Year Old Lantana Putting On A Show It was a race to beat the storm on Wednesday as I ran out to the garden with my Nikon to capture some of the action.   First on the list was to water the greenhouse goodies and move the flats of bedding plants I had waiting to […]
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Mandivilla's early spring 2011

A New Space To Grow : Mandevilla

Is it just me or does it seem like  when we are home with some  time to spend in our gardens the time goes by so very fast? This weekend was totally one of those moments for me and my family as we spent most of our time dodging the storms and putting together a […]
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Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Green?

I can’t believe I’m sharing this snapshot – look at all those weeds!    The rain and cooler weather has been keeping me inside for most of the week.   Thanks to all the rain, the beds I had cleaned out are getting new growth as well as some new weeds popping up.   This image above is […]
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Mobile Upload : Greenhouse Landscape Project 5/11

Planting Potatoes Year 2

My First Potato / July 2010 Last year was the first year to experiment with growing  a garden in raised bed structures.  One of the hot topics on #gardenchat / Twitter was planting potatoes.  With a little help from my friends online I was educated about how easy it was to grow all types of […]
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Petunias by Proven Winners

When To Fertilize

Last week was the last of the  Outdoor Living Extravaganza Event hosted by Proven Winners for Spring 2011.  Four major cities in Canada and the United States were chosen to kick off  the planting season by holding a retreat and seminar featuring local garden specialist.  I attended the Canadian event held in Toronto, Ontario.   Toronto […]
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Bren  talks #gardenchat

Social Media via Twitter From TheGardenChat

Sharing what is growing on in my neck of the woods is why I’ve been online from the get-go. If it weren’t for social media and outlets like BLOGGER or Facebook, I would have never have met the fabulous garden folks I know today. Where would I be today in my garden without Joe Lamp’l […]
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The Outcast of Spring

With spring comes a few unwanted guest to our gardens. Today’s outcasts just happen to have wings and enjoy leaving unwanted ‘ekk’ in the pond. Don’t think I’m heartless because the River runs just an few acres from the pond where the rest of the ducklings swim. I’m guessing these two were the trouble makers! […]
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Forcing Branches

Forced Friday

Spring 2011 has brought some very cool temperatures which I’m sad to say I’m delighted with.  Is that a grammatically correct sentence? I do know that if  you  are are buried with tons of inside chores to do this time of year you totally know what I’m saying. As I sit here trying to capture […]
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No Stitches Required This Time - USE CAUTION with the properly maintained tools.

Spring Clean Up : Prepare the Tools

I’ve been very excited about the upcoming #gardenchat on Twitter this Monday evening not only because it is a great excuse to sit back after a long day of gardening with my growing connection but  because the topic is a sure sign that SPRING has Sprung!  Now we maybe enduring winter like temperatures but one […]
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Spring at My Desk

Short Note Saturday

From My Early Spring Desk The first week of ‘spring’ has passed  and I can’t help but wonder if this is going to be another one of those years when summer arrives before we are allowed to enjoy the blessings of the season upon us.  This week has flown by and I’m left scratching my […]
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Big Goodbye to Winter

Zoomed in really didn’t do much for me until my critics tonight pointed out how cool it was to see the craters  and solar flares in the image. I’m more about what was going on in the garden as the large moon gleamed over the pond.  It was deathly quiet with only sounds of the […]
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Is It Safe? Tackling Fear of Rose Pruning

The day before spring officially starts is usually a super tease to what is to come.  Saturday was just that day as the weather was spring perfect leaving all us northern gardeners wanting more.  Time to bust out the rakes, shovels, and pruners to prepare for the real deal; or is it? The Last Winter […]
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Escape Chicken

If it weren’t for a ‘chicken virus ‘ scare a few years back and the availability of chicks being effected in my area due to the scare,  I’m quit sure we would have had  fresh eggs being produced here in our garden.    I just remember the local chick provider stopped selling the baby chickens that […]
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Great Backyard Bird Count

Wonder what they are saying to each other? In the past months I’ve had some pretty interesting birds stop by my bird feeder right outside my window.  It is a time consuming hobby to capture the wildlife with camera and I envy those who are able to capture the birds in their own natural environment.  […]
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Networking Pruning in Anticipation

As the tease to spring arrives and we endure temperatures in the low 60*’s  I can’t help but wonder how many cabin fever zone 5 gardeners made the mistake of getting out and doing some spring clean up in the landscaping?  It is only late February and even though I’m feeling that spring itch we […]
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Netherland Dwarf

Fuzzy & Feasible for Any Grower

Best of Show Netherland Dwarf Ever have those days when you have a ‘billion’ things to do and when you finally sit down to start working on the project you have a ‘brain fart’ and you just can’t think?  I’ve had just that kind of a week!   Yesterday one of my chores included spending time […]
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Kids in the BGgarden

Little Fingers Sowing Seeds

What better way to make your garden kid friendly then to get the kids in the garden and teach them how to sow some seeds of their own? Growing a garden gives children a chance to learn important life skills.  Kids can experience the joy that comes from caring for something while watching it grow […]
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Winter Garden Party Cyber Style

It was a year ago this week I started to feel the power of social networking site Twitter.  A group of gardeners who I enjoyed ‘tweeting up’ with  met up on started sharing ideas about sowing some seeds.   I blogged about the experience as it happen in my entry at Join is for #SuperSowSunday . […]
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Fertilize Friday

Can I do a repost because my Friday looks like this : Snow Covered Kitties Finding Art in things that are Dead in the Snow The image above was from my post last year titled “It Won’t be Long…” and interesting enough the post as added January 29th 2010.    The Image above surely warms up […]
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