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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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TwitPic Is Shutting Down #ThrowBackThursday

Today was going to be a Throwback Thursday featuring my first garden and the lessons I learned growing under a walnut tree way back when.  When I went to find the image I remembered sharing on TwitPics years ago the sight read :    PANIC!!!! I didn’t save most of my images from when I first […]
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Leaves Are Falling … Autumn Garden Walk

The season is passing by so fast this year … leaves are falling and the garden seems to be holding on. Today I want to share with you some of my favorite shrubs and perennials in a short video. Thank you for visiting my garden today – Happy Autumn Support my Friends Carol and Kerrie […]
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Distant Drum Sunrise

This just maybe my last walk and share from my front rose garden to capture the blooms for 2014. After being cheated out of a spring filled with new rose blooms I’m not going to complain about the abundance of blooms this late in the season. It’s killing me not being able to cut them […]
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A few of my favorite mums

New Chrysanthemums and a Growing Tip

Each  Autumn a few of my local garden centers carry a few new varieties of chrysanthemums.  It is so much fun to look at the spectacular show on display at the center and pick a few new ones to grow in my home garden. This month while looking for a tree to replace one we […]
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It’s Autumn at Bench’s Greenhouse

It’s almost Autumn and I’m totally in the mood to decorate the garden as we head into the fall season. One of my favorite things to do is to head out for a drive and check out the sights and sounds in my area as the season changes. Trunk full…. Time to head home and […]
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DID YOU know 1/3 of the food on your plate you can thank the bees! #foodfarmchat

Eat, Tweet and Grow Food: My Takeaway from #MeetVeggies

Social media has made me a better gardener and I can’t imagine growing without it.  To be able to talk to people around the world who are growing in different ways inspires me.  We can all learn from one another about how to grow success using the web.  If it weren’t for being so active […]
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Take The #icebucketchallenge in your garden!

Have you been seeing people from around the country of all walks of life dumping buckets of ice water over their heads? I’ve seen some pretty cool ones coming from the garden world.  I was challenged on Tuesday to take the #icebucketchallenge by my friend Kerrie at SeedKeeperCo in Chicago so here it goes….. Can’t […]
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Container Envy at Chippewassee Park

Road trip on Tuesday brought me to beautiful Midland Michigan to be a part of the Michigan Landscape Design Tour held by MNLA. After checking in to my hotel room located on the Northwood University Campus I headed in town to check out the sites. Thanks to the floral landscape in front of the Farmers […]
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My Home Garden in August

YES Please …..   It is the first week in August here in the Midwest and we are experiencing a dry spell that I remember reading predictions about in the Farmers Almanac last winter.  I told myself then that I would reflect on how much snow we had and how I would stay warm dreaming […]
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This 2015 AAS Vegetable Award Winner: Pepper Sweet Sunset F1

A Few of My Favorite Facts About Peppers

Orange,red,purple and most definitely green peppers are at the top of my list of favorites to grow and prepare during the summer months. Preparing the pepper by slicing, dicing, or keeping it whole are all ways you can not go wrong when enjoying a healthy pepper.  In today’s post I want to share with you […]
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10 Sustainable Organic Gardening Tips

Earthworm Technologies  guest host on #gardenchat on Twitter Monday, July 21, 2014 and the buzz was all about Sustainable Organic Gardening .  Our friends at @EarthwormTec  picked this topic because they felt everyone could benefit from getting some gardening tips to not just help grow your own herb gardens, flower gardens, vegetables and fruits but to open your […]
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3 Hibiscus Plants : That Will Rock Your Home Garden

Some of the most stunning blooms in my home garden this week are coming from the Hibiscus Plants.  There are three different types of hibiscus in my garden and I ‘m going to share them with a growing tip for you today on this blog post. Perennial Hibiscus In the image below is my is […]
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GrowIt Mobile: The App That Helps You Grow Socially

It’s Monday … time to talk whats new in the garden world on #gardenchat Twitter chat forum! Tonight on #gardenchat we welcome the co-founder of GrowIt! Mason Day as our guest host. Growit! is a brand new mobile app that seeks to connect gardeners with other gardeners in their local areas like never before. It’s […]
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One blue surprise after another

My Pink Hydrangea Turned Blue

The only explanation for the blooms finally turning blue after lower the pH of the soil is that this hydrangea did not bloom last year. Maybe if it would have bloomed they would have……
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willow upclose : is it the shrub for your garden?

Is Dappled Willow the RIGHT Choice in your Landscape

The willow that gives personality to the landscape 3 out of the 4 seasons in my Midwest may not be the right choice for all landscapes.  I first noticed the dappled willow or  ‘Hakuro-nishiki’  a few years ago on a residential property on the way into town.  The quick growing shrub was beautiful and appeared […]
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My First Eggplant 2014

Dirt to Dinner : Skillet Eggplant Recipe

If you garden and grow your own food you KNOW the joy just before lunchtime when I picked my first 2 oriental eggplants from the raised bed garden.  Hmmm…. what can I do with just a small amount of eggplants and a garden filled with herbs, garlic and onions?  I’m skillet grilling in olive oil […]
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3 Things to Love About June Gardening

3 Things to Absolutely Love About Gardening in June

The 30 days of June are always filled with outdoor garden adventures because the temperature in the Northern Hemisphere is amazing and quite perfect in my opinion as a Midwest gal! It’s hard to believe we are at the end of June 2014 and I can’t help but reminisce on the wonderful things the garden […]
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Planting Tomato Plants

Tomatoes were the reason I first started growing my own vegetable garden.  Nothing taste better then a ripe home grown tomato. Today I want to share with you how I plant tomatoes in my 40’x60′ traditional garden. Move Mouse Over Each Image  for More Information Planting Tomato Tips Prune lower leafs of starter plant before […]
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Burpless Cucumbers

Growing Cucumbers

Nothing beats picking a fresh cucumbers from it’s lush green vine and adding slices to your favorite summer menu or just for snacking.  Cucumbers have been at the top of my list for easy veggies to grow because the seed is easy to grow and your will be able to harvest most varieties in under […]
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Star of My Garden

Amazing that I still have the 5″ cardboard box the tree peonies root was in when I purchased it 4 years ago at a garden center in the Seattle area. I can’t believe I found it in a folder with Northwest Flower Show information I had saved. The Peonies  Tree Blooming this year after being […]
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My family in the buggy their Uncle Mic built riding in the Memorial Day Parade.

Thank You All Who Have Served – #MemorialDay

Thanks to all those who have served we are able to enjoy time freely in the gardens across America.  We can grow what we want… how we want … and I’m forever grateful for that! The photo above was taken with my very first digital camera in 2001 at the Perrysburg, Ohio Memorial Day Parade. […]
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Allium Blooming in my Ohio Garden

Bees, Birds and More Plants to Welcome All

As I plant my veggies starters and seeds for a late spring – early summer harvest I can’t help but think of the beautiful blooms I am adding to the garden.  When I look at the Spring garden it is like a canvas just calling me to splash it with playful and welcoming color.  Today […]
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