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Start your seeds

Posted on Apr 01, 2016 in Backyard

By B. Rosie Lerner Growing your own garden transplants from seed may take some extra work, but it does have its advantages. You’ll have a much wider choice of species and cultivars since most garden centers have limited space and tend to carry primarily the plants that sell quickly. Rather than having to buy a… Continue reading.

Blue & Gold gardens

Posted on Mar 01, 2016 in Backyard, General, Outdoors

By B. Rosie Lerner To celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial this year, the Garden Club of Indiana and the Indiana Bicentennial Commission are hoping gardeners will join the Blue & Gold garden tribute to Indiana’s state flag. It’s an easy way for all Indiana residents to commemorate the bicentennial. If you don’t have a traditional garden bed,… Continue reading.

A gardener’s glossary

Posted on Feb 01, 2016 in Backyard, Outdoors

By B. Rosie Lerner Like many other hobbyists, gardening enthusiasts have their own jargon. Some of these terms can be confusing, especially to the gardening newcomer. Here’s a brief list of terms that all gardeners should be familiar with. Annual -— Plant that completes its life cycle from seed germination to seed production in one… Continue reading.

Pointers for poinsettias

Posted on Jan 04, 2016 in Backyard, Outdoors

By B. Rosie Lerner The poinsettia, the most popular holiday plant, is best known as the plant with bright red flowers on a green background. But the showiest part of the poinsettia is the group of colorful specialized leaves called floral bracts that surround the small, yellowish-green structures that are the true flowers. Red is… Continue reading.

More than gift wrapping

Posted on Dec 01, 2015 in Backyard, Outdoors

by B. Rosie Lerner Horrors unfold before me about this time each year. But they are not on a big screen from some Hollywood holiday blockbuster; they are watching well-meaning shoppers steer their carts full of holiday gift plants through gusty winds and miserably cold temperatures and place these frigid plant victims into icy automobiles…. Continue reading.

Watering now will lessen winter injury

Posted on Nov 01, 2015 in Backyard, Outdoors

By B. Rosie Lerner Dry summers are not that unusual in the Midwest. But this year, the dry spell followed an unusually wet spring and early summer in many areas. Of particular concern this year is that the dry spell is lasting well into autumn, putting plants in poor condition to get through the winter… Continue reading.

Time to plant

Posted on Oct 01, 2015 in Backyard

By B. Rosie Lerner If thinking about the colder weather that’s on its way is getting you down, brighten your outlook with the thought of spring flowering bulbs. Now’s the time to plan and plant your crocus, daffodils, tulips and many other spring bloomers. Spring flowering bulbs are planted in the fall to allow them… Continue reading.

One bad apple can spoil

Posted on Sep 01, 2015 in Backyard, Outdoors

The Osmonds’ big 1970 hit “One Bad Apple” might give good advice on love, but the brother band didn’t know anything about storing apples. One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch. If you have excess apples this fall and want to store them, pick only good-quality fruit that is free of bruises, cuts or… Continue reading.

Gardening for pollinators

Posted on Aug 01, 2015 in Backyard, Outdoors

Pollinators are all the “buzz” these days as focus on the health of pollinators, so critical to food and ecosystems, continues. It may surprise you to learn that the honeybee is native to Europe and was introduced to the United States. But there are also numerous other pollinator species including native bees, butterflies and moths,… Continue reading.

Ask Rosie

Posted on Jul 01, 2015 in Backyard, Outdoors

We have a pin oak tree that is approximately 30 feet tall. On the north-facing side of the tree there are many wilted leaves, and there are many balls of strange growth. Can you help identify the problem and offer solutions? — Mike and Lynn Wagner, Indianapolis My best guess is one of the many… Continue reading.

Questions for Rosie

Posted on Jun 01, 2015 in Backyard, Outdoors

The last three years I have had scale on my hollyhocks. They just start to bloom, and the scale appears and they die. Is there something I can use to get rid of the scale? After they start to die, I clean up everything and burn. — Irene Tarr, Paoli, Ind. I wonder if you… Continue reading.

Year of the sweet pepper

Posted on May 01, 2015 in Backyard, Outdoors

The National Garden Bureau has declared 2015 to be the Year of the Sweet Pepper! Sweet bell peppers are cultivars of Capsicum annuum. Sweet peppers are called sweet because they lack the gene that produces capsaicin — the chemical that gives hot peppers their heat. While the 3-4 lobed, blocky, bell-shaped peppers are most common,… Continue reading.

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