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Kylee Baumle

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.

True confessions PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 1:52 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Let’s get personal, shall we? When I worked in private practice as a dental hygienist in New Haven, Ind., I did my grocery shopping there before heading home. It never failed that I would encounter a patient or two and they’d not so subtly inspect what I had in my grocery cart.

Let there be candy or a box of Lucky Charms in there (and there nearly always was) and they couldn’t help themselves. I’d be queried, “You eat THAT?” And then there would be clucking and shaming because surely all dental personnel only eat healthy foods, right? I know this comes as a shock to most, but we’re normal people with bad habits.

My favorite flower PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 1:31 PM


By Kylee Baumle

In one of my garden writer online groups, someone recently posed the question, “What’s your favorite flower?” Most of us have one, but few of us want to be limited to a single choice, making this a difficult question to answer.

To everything there is a season, and so it is with flowers and favorites. Depending on the time of year and sometimes even the day that you ask me, I’m as fickle as a 13-year-old girl when it comes to declaring which flower I love best.

In earliest spring, it’s the snowdrop, for perhaps obvious reasons. It isn’t one with raucous colors, which you might think would appeal to me after a relatively colorless winter. But this flower that defies the elements and pops out of the ground and shyly shows its white petticoats decorated with little green hearts lets me know that life goes on and announces that spring will come.

Choosing to grow organically PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 1:55 PM

Choosing to grow organically

By Kylee Baumle

Organic is one of today’s buzz words that’s used so much that people don’t pay much attention to it anymore.  Say something is organic and people aren’t even quite sure what that means.

Miriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary defines it (in relation to agriculture) this way: “of, relating to, yielding, or involving the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides.”

Few people would argue that gardening organically is best not only for the environment, but for the health of the humans who eat what’s grown there. Yet, how many of us still use non-organic products on a regular basis so that we can have that perfect lawn, that perfect tomato, that perfect rose?

What's blooming now? PDF Print E-mail
Kylee Baumle
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 2:19 PM

By Kylee Baumle

If someone were to ask you what’s blooming in your garden right now, you might say Rose of Sharon, daylilies, roses, and any number of annuals such as petunias, marigolds, begonias, or Cosmos.

But what about God’s garden?

In the glorious weather we’ve had for the past week, my husband and I have been taking walks down our road and we’ve noticed a large number of native wildflowers in bloom along the roadside and in a field that’s been allowed to lie fallow.

Microclimates are your friends PDF Print E-mail
Kylee Baumle
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:54 PM

In the Garden

By Kylee Baumle

I recently spent a week in San Francisco, touring amazing public and private gardens, as well as seeing the usual tourist hot spots. With Ohio temperatures hovering around the 95-degree mark when I left, the Mediterranean climate of San Francisco was looking mighty fine to me.

As luck would have it, the bay area was experiencing an unusual heat wave and as we roamed around this garden and that one, I felt like I’d jumped from the frying pan into the fire. But unbelievable beauty was all around me, with an abundance of plants that I was unfamiliar with, due in part to San Francisco being blessed with so many microclimates.

Passionate or obsessed? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 1:14 PM


By Kylee Baumle

There was a lively discussion on Facebook last week as several of us watched Nik Wallenda walk that tightrope across the Grand Canyon without a safety net or tether.  A common thought was that you’d have to be a little crazy to do what he did.

I tried to put myself in his position, a little difficult to do, but I considered his family’s legacy and the tradition of making a living by performing stupendous feats.  Few outside his family can truly understand what that is.  To be that passionate about something might border on obsession to some.

What does that mean? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:56 PM

There are terms that are unique to every hobby, craft, profession, and interest, and unless you’re a part of that particular group, or you’re new to it, it can be confusing. Gardening is no different. Once you’ve got a little experience under your belt, you’ll know the basics and as time goes on, you’ll continue to learn.

One of the first things a beginning gardener learns is the difference between an annual, biennial, and a perennial. An annual has a life cycle of just one year and a perennial is a plant that lives for two years or more (usually more). Depending on the plant, a perennial has the potential to live for decades, yet some only have a natural life of a few years. So, if you’ve had a perennial that has done well in your garden for a long time and it up and dies for seemingly no reason, it may be that it succumbed to natural causes or old age.

To everything there is a season to pinch and prune PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 2:03 PM

By Kylee Baumle

I love to prune. I enjoy it in all its forms: pinching, pruning, deadheading, and in the most basic way, snapping off. There’s just something satisfying about cleaning up a plant and making it look neater. But in many cases, it’s not just about a plant’s appearance.

All plants are different in their requirements, because of their growth habit or the texture of their stems. Reasons for cutting on a plant can vary, too.

Certain plants have specific times when you should prune them, like spring bloomers. Lilacs and forsythia begin to work on forming the flower buds for the next year, shortly after they’re done blooming. If you wait too long to prune these, you stand a chance of cutting off next year’s bloom. In other words, don’t wait until fall to do it.

When an annual acts like a perennial PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 2:20 AM

The title is a little misleading, in that a perennial is defined as a plant that dies above the ground during cold weather and grows back from the roots in spring. An annual doesn’t survive winter at all. But what about all those annuals that seem to survive year after year?

You know the ones; poppies, snapdragons, cosmos and even lettuce manages to make an appearance. Even though you didn’t plant them this spring, there they are, sometimes in greater numbers than you planted the year before.

There’s a long list of annuals that are notorious for self-seeding. After they’ve bloomed, if they’ve been pollinated by insects or the wind, and you don’t cut the spent blooms off, they’ll form seed pods and once those have matured, they’ll pop open and disperse their seed to the ground below.


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