Monthly Archives: July 2012

The beetle battle continues

Amid harvests of cherry and ground tomatoes, Ted’s crew still continues to fight the advance of Japanese Beetles in Home Domonstration. Each day armed to the teeth with rubbing alcohol and spritzers, the crew diligently makes rounds in the gardens, … Continue reading

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Midsummer Daydream

By Mary Beth Pottratz A single cicada saws incessantly from a tree, and bees drone in and out of blooms. Birds are settled down to their afternoon naps. Even the geese have tucked their necks under-wing. Dragonflies and damselflies dart … Continue reading

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The corn gets visitors…

It’s not often that mere plants can humble even hardened gardeners, but it just takes a stroll through the Harvest Gardens these days to feel small in the face of heirloom corn. Stretching to the sky at dizzying heights above … Continue reading

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Prairie Beauty is More Than Meets the Eye

By Greg Lecker Prairie beauty is more than meets the eye.  Yes, prairie flowers and grasses offer a visual delight.  Subtle reddish accents highlight the tan seed heads of Side Oats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula) that shimmy and shake like fringe … Continue reading

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Cannibals in the Ornamental Garden?

Is there any surprise that Ted is growing Cannibal Tomatoes in the Ornamental Garden? Along with the hottest pepper known to man, he thought he’d save room in the plot for a tomato that inspires images of gnashing and gnawing … Continue reading

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Ted’s ornamental peppers “even out”

Catching Ted for a chat isn’t the easiest this time of year; the needs of both the shrub roses and Gardens of Eatin’ are always pressing. We gathered the following info. from Ted before he ran out the door shouting something about … Continue reading

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Prairie Garden Insects

By Boak Wiesner When I pulled into the lot at the prairie garden, a large camera was being used to photograph some very interesting insects. With the emergence of cicadas in the last few weeks, the Cicada Killer Wasps are … Continue reading

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