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Kylee Baumle


Plants do the strangest things PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 2:57 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Plants are like people. They come in all shapes and sizes and colors and while they all share some basic similarities, their personalities are just as diverse. There are plants that make the world a better place for their fellow rootmates just by being in it and there are those that, well, frankly, the world could probably do without.

Poison ivy, for example. We all know what its claim to fame is and that fact alone is enough for me to vote it off the island. In all fairness though, it’s a vine that helps prevent erosion and its berries provide food for wildlife. But there are plenty of other plants that do those things and could take up the slack if poison ivy were to disappear forever. Good riddance, I say!

 
Time to plant the garlic! PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 12:58 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Just when you thought it was safe to put away the garden spade and hang up your gloves, along comes October, the month of colorful leaves (for putting into the compost), and first frost. It also means it’s bulb planting time, but you knew that already.

Those sweatshirt days and weenie roasts nights are the perfect time for planting the hope of spring – tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and alliums. Alliums? You know the ones – those giant balls of purple that look like oversized lollipops in flower form. There are others too, that are barely a foot tall, and some look like fireworks exploded at the top of a stem.

But did you know that garlic is an allium, too? If you’ve ever planted the flowering types of alliums, you have likely caught a whiff of the oniony odor that their bulbs give off. The smell of garlic isn’t a whole lot different from that of an onion, so it’s not surprising that they both belong to the same family tree.

 
Let's drink to apples! PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 2:20 PM

By Kylee Baumle

My husband and I have taken many, many evening walks down our road over the years.  As far as country roads go in these parts, this one provides some interesting scenery. There are the neighbors that have an assortment of animals, a cemetery that has many familiar names, and we cross two creeks lined with wildflowers.

Many years ago, we also noticed a mature apple tree growing in the deeper ditch on the west side of the road about three-quarters of a mile south of our house.  I’ve always been curious as to how it got there, knowing that there are random apple trees planted by Johnny Appleseed in our general area.

 
Taproots run deep PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 1:49 PM

By Kylee Baumle

As gardeners, we know what a taproot is. Many times as my husband is helping me dig and transplant something from one place to another (or I’m helping him), he’ll say, “We need to be sure to get the taproot or it won’t live.” While that may or may not be true, the taproot runs deep and it’s hard to remove the entire plant.

It’s as if the plant is sending the message that it doesn’t want to go anywhere, because it’s doing just fine where it is, thank-you-very-much.

A few years ago, I had a recurring dream, a nightmare, really, in which we sold our house, bought a fixer-upper, then halfway through the fixing-up, I missed my old house and wanted it back. Of course, someone else owned and was living in MY house and didn’t want to give it back to us. I couldn’t blame them. I liked my house, too, and I really wanted it to be ours again. I started crying uncontrollably, my heart broken. A couple of times, I actually woke up in tears.

 
What's in and what's out? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 2:18 PM

By Kylee Baumle

It started out so well. The spring and then the summer brought regular rains and the gardens never looked so good. Seeds germinated, new plants grew by leaps and bounds, and I started thinking that this summer would be different than so many before it.

Then the rain stopped. Or it went around us; it can be such a tease sometimes. But here we are, so much like last year, wondering once again why I try to grow things like hydrangeas, ligularias and cannas. They’re so darn thirsty.

I said earlier this year that if I saw a plant in my garden struggling, it was outta here. If a plant can’t grow well with plenty of rain, then I’m sure not going to baby it along when the skies dry up. This time I really mean it.

 
Passalong plants & plenty of produce PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 2:16 PM

 

By Kylee Baumle

More than once I’ve heard it said that gardeners are some of the most kind and generous people you’ll ever meet. And in my experience, it's true. I doubt there’s a gardener out there that hasn't shared something from their garden.

This time of year, those of us that grow fruits and vegetables know that seldom do our plants produce just the right amount we need, whether it’s too little or too much. While many things have done well, in my own garden this wasn’t a good year for beets.

I happen to love pickled beets and could probably eat them every single day of my life, so that’s one thing you’ll always find growing in our garden. But, this year, our beet crop was pitiful. It might be because I got the seeds in the ground a bit late. Or maybe it’s because they were in a location that doesn’t get enough sun. In any case, I didn't get a single beet.

 
These are a few of my favorite trees PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 1:28 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Fall is approaching and as someone who has close to 100 trees on this acre of land we live on, this means leaf raking. Raking, because in spite of leaves being a great mulch if they’re small, ours are not.

We have several oaks that are over 200 years old, as determined by a formula for measuring, specific to oaks. As anyone who has oak trees in their yard knows, these are dirty trees, dropping not only acorns in the fall, but copious amounts of leaves. All. Year. Long.

Our property was once a woods, as much of Paulding County was. It was only in the 1970s that it was cleared for building. When we bought the two-year-old house in 1977, there were only six trees here, three oaks, two maples, and a shagbark hickory. All six are still here, although one large oak has lost its eastern half, thanks to a storm.

 
Wolves in sheep's clothing PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 2:59 PM

 

By Kylee Baumle

As we drive along our rural Paulding County roads, the predominate color of the landscape in August is green. It’s considerably greener this year than in past years and certainly greener than 2012, but there are little pops of color here and there.

White is a color too and there’s an abundance of Queen Anne’s lace, oftentimes interspersed with lavender chicory. The goldenrod is beginning to bloom, as is the deep purple ironweed (aptly named, if you’ve ever tried to pick some barehanded for a bouquet).

In the ditches, you can find the pink blooms of both common and swamp milkweed, although much of that is going to seed by now. But there’s a deeper pink, a more vibrant, almost neon pink that can be seen in various spots around the county.

 
It's a small world after all PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 1:35 PM

By Kylee Baumle

In the last few years, because of my garden writing, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to some places I’ve never been. I get to meet some industry professionals as well as other backyard gardeners and it’s satisfying to connect with others who share this passion for growing.

We all have our “small world” stories, those circumstances where we’re hundreds of miles from home and we run into someone from our hometown, or we find out that we have a mutual friend, though the two of us have never before heard of one another.

While gardening is a widespread pastime for many, in the grand scheme of things, it’s a pretty small niche, especially when you consider those who take it to a level where it plays a part in how they make a living.

 
Here we go again! PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 2:59 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Just like summers past, this one is flying by. The tulips and daffodils are long gone and we’ve been enjoying the fruits of our labors in the veggie and fruit gardens for some time now.

Those with smaller gardens are likely just doing maintenance tasks like weeding and deadheading, while we who have more flower beds than sane people should, are still moving plants and laying down mulch.

And now it’s time to start planting again! Actually, sowing seeds for a fall harvest began a few weeks ago, but there are still many things that can be planted now if you are speedy about it. That means you have to do it NOW.

 
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