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Kylee Baumle

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.

Snakes in the garden PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 5:05 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Just the thought of coming across a snake in the garden sends shivers down many people’s spines, even those who claim to love nature. As one who is not particularly bothered by them, it’s hard for me to understand the extreme reactions that some people have when they see one.

Here in Paulding County, we’re not likely to encounter venomous snakes in our gardens and by far the most common one you will see is the garter snake. Just last week, we saw one by our garage and then a few days later, another by the swimming pool. These were the first two snakes we’d seen in many years and only the third and fourth ones ever, in the 37 years we’ve lived here at Our Little Acre.

Lessons from the garden PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:35 PM

By Kylee Baumle

One of the things I love most about gardening is that I’ll never ever in a million years know everything there is to know about it. (And I’m not exaggerating.) For the perpetually curious, gardening has an infinite number of lessons to be learned.

Sure, you may master the basics over time, but then Mother Nature throws you for a loop. Last winter, anyone? And it’s a big, wide world out there with something new and amazing around every corner.

My garden taught me some things this spring and I’m betting yours did too. I’m trying to be a good student by taking notes so I don’t forget what I learned.

The truth about those gardening myths PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:28 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Gardening hasn’t been left out when it comes to old wives’ tales. While much advice that we get from our parents and grandparents is invaluable and has been passed down with love, it can be disappointing to find out that some of it just isn’t true.

We replaced a tree last week and the main trunk of the new weeping European beech seemed to need some support. It’s a young tree and the trunk is quite flexible. It can be very windy this time of year so we staked it with a bamboo pole to help stabilize it.

A world without honeybees PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:26 PM

By Kylee Baumle

I don’t consider myself an activist, but there are things that I think are important enough in this world to talk about in hopes of raising awareness. The plight of the monarch butterflies is one of them, as you may know, and it excites me when someone tells me they’ve planted milkweed in their garden. (I saw my first monarch of the season on May 17, by the way!)

There’s another problem out there that concerns me and that’s the disappearance of honeybees. This industry has had a presence in our county for decades, and those who work in it can tell you that this is of relevance to everyone, not just those who are keepers of the bees.

We all know that honey bees gather pollen and nectar to feed themselves and the young bees in their colonies. As they’re doing this, they pollinate plants, which is essential for the reproduction and fruiting of many of them.


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