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Kylee Baumle

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.

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.


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