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Gardening advice from local expert Sue Baltes.

Some ramblings about fall

Sue Baltes
Sue Baltes

Fall has arrived with its cool temperatures this weekend, and excitement for this Plant Lady is finding the perfect mums. I am looking for ones with shocking color, but not yet in full bloom so that you get to enjoy for quite a while yet.

One trick I do with my mums is to keep them dead-headed (cut off the spent blooms) as this prolongs their color all fall.

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Gardeners make their own gold

Sue Baltes
Sue Baltes

What is known as gold to a gardener? Yes, it’s compost!

The best way to obtain this gardeners gold is by starting a compost area in your own back yard.

Don’t throw peelings and old veggies out with the garbage, and ultimately into the landfill. Instead, turn them into compost to make your garden soil more fertile.

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I have a plant confession

Sue Baltes
Sue Baltes

I have a confession to make. I have a favorite plant. And I want to share some facts about why I love this plant so much.

The plant is called Muelenbeckia Axillaries. That’s a long name for a small vining plant with common names such as Love Vine and Wire Grass.

In spite of its delicate appearance — tiny round leaves with black wiry stems — it is an easy care plant.

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How to make your garden into a Fairy Sanctuary

Sue Baltes
Sue Baltes

Fairy gardens are becoming very popular as a feature in home gardens. For centuries, the world has been fascinated with the idea of “wee folk” living among us and having the power to spread magic and mischief throughout our homes and gardens.

While evidence of their existence is slim, adding fairy gardens to our own gardens is a way of participating in these centuries old traditions of trying to please these spirits and gain their favor.

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Growing vegetables in containers

Sue Baltes
Sue Baltes

Just this week, I harvested my first tomatoes from one of my container gardens that I created in a large plastic flower pot. I have to say that this is just the beginning of my summer harvests from containers.

You don’t need a beautiful decorative pot — an old 5-gallon bucket will do just as well. Just make sure it has a hole in the bottom for proper drainage. Continue reading Growing vegetables in containers

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Repurposing in the Garden

Sue Baltes
Sue Baltes

One of my favorite garden projects is to turn junk into jewels, be it an old log, a broken pot or maybe a pair of old boots. I like to prove that you don’t need a gazillion dollars to have a beautiful, whimsical garden.

I am a huge fan of repurposing. I love seeing beauty in simple containers.

An example: An old crate can be lined with landscape fabric, filled with soil and turned into a great home for herbs and vegetables. An old shoe makes a great succulent container. And so on.

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