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Kylee Baumle

Prune it, shear it, whack it back PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:42 PM

By Kylee Baumle

One of my favorite garden tasks is pruning. I used to say it was deadheading but my love affair with pruners goes deeper than merely lopping off dead flowers. There’s just something so satisfying about getting rid of less than perfect plant parts. It's cathartic.

It starts in late spring, with keeping the spent bulb flowers cut down. Not the foliage though, until it starts yellowing, because it helps feed the bulbs underground for better flowering the following spring.

Are you going to eat that? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:28 AM

By Kylee Baumle

Some people know that I have a couple of eating habits that might be called out of the ordinary, and now and then someone will call attention to it. Now I’ve never really understood why the way I eat should even matter to others, but apparently it does, enough that they’ll question me about it on occasion.

I like to eat one thing at a time, and not in any particular order, unless it’s something like peas, that will get cold unless I eat them first. I’m not quite sure how it all began, but I’ve eaten that way as long as I can remember. I continue mainly because doing so allows me to savor the flavor of that particular food item a bit better without messing up its aftertaste with something else. If you’ve never thought about it, aftertaste is very much a part of the eating experience.

A crazy little thing called corn PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 9:35 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Ah, August. That bittersweet month that’s still lodged firmly in summer, but is knocking at the door of autumn. I’m not going to dwell on that though. I’ve got sweet corn to eat. Say August to me, and that’s what I think of – sweet corn, butter, weight gain.

We grow corn well here in Paulding County and summer wouldn’t be summer without it. Before it’s ripe enough to eat, I enjoy the smell of the growing corn that permeates the air on a warm, muggy night. You notice that too, don’t you?

All corn is not created equal, however. There are field corn and sweet corn varieties, of course, but we can break it down even further by looking at the types of sweet corn available for home gardeners to grow.

The best crops in my garden PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 9:47 PM

By Kylee Baumle

“Somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good.” Either that or the universe needs to balance things out. I’m talking about the weather here. After enduring the worst winter we’ve had in ages and doing plenty of whining about it, the summer we’re having is making up for it, at least in my neck of the woods.

I don’t want to jinx things, but in the 10 summers that I’ve been an obsessive gardener, I don’t remember a single year that we made it to the first of August without having to give the garden much in the way of supplemental watering. The grass is green and I’m not having thoughts of ripping out half the garden.

Being a responsible gardener PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:37 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Once upon a time, I grew a pretty violet-pink plant in my garden. It was given to me by a fellow gardener and I was happy to have it when I was building the repertoire of plants in my new garden.

When gardeners and gardens are young, it’s helpful when others share the abundance from their own plots. Buying all new plants can be expensive. Usually the passalong plants are those that reproduce well, and while most of them are beautiful and useful, sometimes it’s not a great idea to plant others.

That pretty pink plant that once grew in my garden is a great example. It was purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria). You may have it in your own garden, not even aware that it really shouldn’t be there.

Getting up close and personal in the garden PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 9:40 PM

By Kylee Baumle

With the gardening season in full swing, I’m not the only thing that gets a workout in the garden; my camera is right there with me. I’ve always enjoyed photography, and when I began gardening with gusto, a whole new world opened up to me with endless subject matter.

There weren’t just flowers to capture, but also birds, butterflies, and other insects. I’m often asked about my camera and while having a decent one helps, you don’t have to spend a fortune to be able to capture the beauty in your gardens.

I’m a huge fan of macro photography, especially fond of capturing the details of flower blooms. I visited our local botanical conservatory a few years ago when they had an orchid display, and I was blown away by the intricacies of the tiniest blooms – so tiny that you nearly needed to use a magnifying glass to really see the details.

Summertime tomato talk PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 5:50 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Midsummer has arrived, and with it, the beginning of the harvest of true summer fruits and vegetables. These edibles love the hot weather and won’t bolt like those early bird fans of cool spring would.

If there’s one vegetable that nearly every gardener grows, it’s the tomato. That’s not to say that everyone loves tomatoes though. I know this will be shocking to many of you, but I’m not a fan of a ripe, juicy, fresh tomato from the garden.

I also know that my distaste for fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes is looked upon as a character flaw, but I have to tell you that I simply do not care. That, of course, means more fresh tomatoes for the rest of you!

Sights and smells in the night garden PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 7:12 PM

By Kylee Baumle

This is the time during summer that I most enjoy in the garden. The nights are deliciously warm and the days are warmer. Not only does it feel good, but I often go on walkabout through the garden because it looks good.

This year’s rains have kept things lush and green without too much effort required by me and my garden hoses as in recent past summers. Two years ago at this time, we were dealing with the aftermath of the derecho and record high temperatures, with little rain.

Succulents to grow inside and out PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 9:25 PM

By Kylee Baumle

You may have heard it said that all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. The world of succulents is so diverse that even if you don't like cacti, there’s sure to be a succulent you do.

In order to be called a succulent, a plant has to store more than the average amount of water in its tissues. This allows it to survive in hot and dry locations for long periods without rain or supplemental watering.

Generally, succulents have a very architectural form, which in addition to low care, adds to their appeal for many people. In fact, succulents have been known to capture the attention of even non-gardeners due to their varied shapes, colors and other quirky characteristics.

Hot fun in the summertime garden PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 8:52 AM

By Kylee Baumle

Summer really just began four days ago, when the sun reached its most northern position for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. But it got really hot at least a week before that and the craziness that passes for weather these days continues.

When it gets like this, when I’m wishing it would rain so that I don’t have to haul the hoses all around the yard to rescue the plants that are parched by the sun and the hot winds, I start looking at my garden a little differently than I did in the freezing cold days of winter.


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