Ohio Gardener

Elevated Bed: A Garden Where It’s Needed
by Kathleen Hennessy - March 2015

Some of my earliest memories of gardening involve my parents. I remember beautiful magenta dahlia beds and an amazing circular iris garden that was right in the middle of our yard. I also remember the enormous vegetable garden we were forced to weed on weekends! My parents gave me my first introduction to growing food and flowers.

After several years, and a few back surgeries, my mom has a tough time getting down on the ground to plant. It’s something she really misses. So, we decided to bring the ground up by creating a garden table for her front patio.   >> read article

Starting from Scratch: Or how I learned a new gardening style in just 15 years.
by Patrice Peltier - March 2015

This is a story about an old dog (me) trying to learn new tricks.

I learned to garden the way many people do – with plants and knowledge shared by more experienced gardeners. I had dibs and dabs of divisions from other people’s gardens. I loved aggressive plants that filled in open spaces or flung their seeds everywhere, giving me plenty of free plants. I thought it was my green thumb that caused my garden to thrive. Years later, I realized anyone could have grown plants in the rich, black soil around my house. Who knew?   >> read article

Go Green with Roses
by Linda Kimmel - March 2015

Roses can be organic and sustainable – you just have to think outside the box. Here are some great ideas.

Is sustainable rose growing an option? Absolutely, with a little organic effort. Roses nestled into a well-maintained organic garden will thrive and grace your garden with inspiring beauty and phenomenal fragrance.   >> read article

The Buzz About Backyard Bees
by Peggy Hill - March 2015

Bees are fascinating. You may remember learning about the waggle dance they do to communicate the direction and distance to great flowers, but did you know that the hive entrance guards sometimes accept bribes? That’s right — a bee from another hive will slip one of the guards a little nectar, and then that guard will tell the other guards, “Hey, this is my nephew Joey. He’s okay.” Joey will slip in, steal a little honey and make a quick getaway. And I bet you thought only humans were corruptible.

The only problem with this story is that most of the bees in the hive are women, so Joey is most likely a Josephine. In a hive of 50,000 bees, only a few hundred are males. The bees have complete control over whether the eggs will hatch into males, females or a queen. They usually choose females, because females do all the work. The males just sit around, eating and drinking more than their share. Sound familiar, ladies? In fact, one indication that bee season is over is when the females decide they don’t need the lazy males anymore. They’re tired of taking care of them, so they kick them out of the hive and leave them to die on the ground. Take note, gentlemen, you have been warned…   >> read article

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