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Today is the birthday of one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson born on this date in 1743. Jefferson was a farmer, flower gardener, philosopher, statesman and architect. He is known for three pillars of government: 1. The author of the Declaration of...

Regardless of the weather…

Normally, I begin a blog with a comment on weather as in the plant business, weather is the greatest factor affecting growth, planting and sales at the nursery. Set up of the outside sales yard will be delayed about 10 days later than last year due to the continued...

Too Much Cold Weather…

As this early Easter approaches, activity in plants outside has been restrained with the relatively cold March. The cold weather has caused delays in receiving bare-root trees and shrubs from Lake County that normally would have already been processed and potted. The...

Welcome Back Spring!

Now that we’ve entered the spring season signaled by the vernal equinox, the weather will be gradually becoming warmer and the longer days needed by plants will soon result in the swelling of buds followed by leaves and then in some cases flowers. Already with Palm...

Spring Bloomers

With the March sun and warmer days, the plant world is just now showing signs of life from the long winter slumber. Witch hazels are the first to bloom with these strange but beautiful thread-like flowers resistant to frosts and even freezes. (Insert picture) The...

All About Composting

This Saturday’s seminar is on proper composting with our speaker Susan Cowling. While composting is not what one would think of as a glamorous topic, its value lies in the changing of waste into eventually valuable humus. Humus is the “glue” that holds soil particles...

Bald Eagles & Nursery Stock On It’s Way!

Our weekly Saturday seminars continue with Carol Zeh’s presentation on Ohio Birds of Prey. Although the subject does not directly have an association with gardening, it will foster a better understanding of the operations of the natural world and how all animals are...

Pesticide Use in Agriculture Increases Crop Yields or Maybe Not

Last autumn in the United Kingdom, strips of wild flowers were planted through crop fields that it is hoped will function as a nursery for wild insects that will attack insects harmful to a variety of four crops. According to the article published this past January in...

Seminars in Full Swing

Last Saturday’s seminar on soils was well attended as the “mysteries” of soil were explored in order to turn those that consider themselves as having a “black thumb” to a gardener with a green one and making a good gardener even better. Even though only about two...

Punxsutawney Phil

With the coldest month of the year past, the question now is will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow which is supposed to signal 6 more weeks of winter although no one has ever explained the fact that whether or not Phil sees his shadow, six weeks of winter or more is...

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