A little over a month ago, I was looking around making notes about the needs of the gardens at Minnetrista, and I noticed what looked like little bits of cotton spread out on the ground below an oak tree. At first I thought a mower had hit a cigarette butt that someone littered, but after a closer look, that wasn’t what it was. This cottony looking substance was a sign we had a wooly aphid infestation.
Doing yardwork this time of the year comes with its many challenges.
Recently, I had a great suggestion from a reader who has been observing the growing and flowering Canada Thistle that is going to seed all over Muncie. She thought it would be a good idea to go over this troublesome weed, and perhaps get folks aware of why and how they should manage it. Great idea!
Some weird stuff has been happening on my home lawn this spring.
A lot of time goes into maintaining a home lawn. For many of us, sad to say, more time is spent taking care of our lawn than using our lawn for enjoyable activities.
Nothing says spring quite like a daffodil. After a long winter, their sunny faces popping up all over town is one of the cheeriest sights I know. Add to that their resilience and dependability, and it’s no wonder that the daffodil is one of the best loved spring perennials. But what if you are hungry for something new? Several lesser-known plants exhibit beautiful blooms this time of year. Pair these with daffodils, and both really shine!
I just got back from the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference. Although I learned many exciting things, one theme emerged consistently—soil, soil, soil. Without healthy soil, we cannot have healthy plants. Here are a few tips for nurturing rich, resilient soil in your garden.
I have written several articles about different plant diseases and pests that the horticulture team has dealt with at Minnetrista. I like sharing what choices we make to combat various plant issues for those of you that might be dealing with the same issue in your own garden—or at least give you a heads up on what might be coming your way.
Earlier in the fall some of my favorite pine trees on Minnetrista’s campus started catching my eye, and not in a good way. The low growing sprawling pine is Hillside Creeper Scotch Pine. It is featured in our Bird and Butterfly Garden and they were covered in white all along many of their needles.
It’s beginning to look a lot like . . . winter! Yes, the holiday season is upon us. Throughout Minnetrista, volunteers and staff are hanging ornaments, lighting trees, and generally decking the halls. Horticulture would be in a pickle without the talented people who have donated their time to help decorate during these past two weeks. This article is devoted to their tips for creating holiday ambiance.