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Kylee Baumle


Old vegetables in a new garden PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 2:15 PM

By Kylee Baumle

My husband and I have had a vegetable garden ever since we’ve lived here, which is going on 36 years. Over the years, we’ve grown the usual fare; peas, green beans, carrots, radishes, lettuce, corn, spinach, beets, broccoli, but in the last eight years or so, I’ve tried to plant something a little different, just to keep it interesting.

One of the first years that I tried to get creative, I planted an assortment of purple vegetables. We’re used to seeing green veggies, but imagine a garden full of purple or burgundy ones!

We had purple-podded beans (which turn green when you cook them), burgundy okra (beautiful plant and fruits, but we didn’t eat them), red Chinese beans (a.k.a. yard-long beans), purple lettuce, and even burgundy sweet corn (just as tasty as yellow). It was a beautiful thing to behold.

 
Poppies, potatoes and peas PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 2:28 PM

By Kylee Baumle

In that order, plant them. Potatoes on Good Friday, peas as soon as you can work the soil, but what’s with the poppies, you ask. They’re a summer flower, right? Right. But if you don’t sow the seeds now, you might get a scant crop of bloomers.

There are perennial poppies – Papaver orientale – the big, blowzy flowers you see sometimes along the ditch banks in May. These you usually buy as plants at the nursery, sitting them carefully in your garden because they hate to be moved, and they come back every year.

Another perennial poppy we can grow here are the Icelandic poppies (Papaver nudicaule). These are sweet little things looking like the darling offspring of their Oriental cousins and come in orange, white, salmon, pink and yellow. As perennials, these are short-lived, most times only lasting for a couple of years in the garden, so allow them to self-seed if you want them year to year.

 
It's flower and garden show season PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 4:37 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Throughout the year, I attend various home and garden shows, flower shows, and other horticultural events. Some of them I return to every year, which might puzzle those who aren’t as passionate about gardening as I am. If you’ve seen one garden show, you’ve seen them all, haven’t you?

Not by a long shot. It’s true that I’ve stopped going to a couple of them because the time, energy and the long drive to and from the events didn’t garner enough return on my investment. Some shows are more home than garden. I’m there for the garden.

 
Gardening with Grandma PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 2:51 PM

By Kylee Baumle

I went to visit my grandma the other day. At 98, she’s a treasure and a pretty amazing person. Though she’s in good health, she lives in an assisted living facility now. She’s done her fair share of gardening in her day and several years ago, I sat down to talk with her about it. I was curious as to how much or how little things had changed over the years.

She was a young girl in the 1920s and that’s a long time ago by anyone’s standards, even hers. But some things never change, especially when it comes to the affairs of Mother Nature. Seeds get planted, they germinate, and they grow.

 
The wildflower show is about to begin PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 4:35 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Spring fever is hitting hard. The sun is shining more days than not, and even though we still have some snow now and then, the temperatures seem to be inching ever upward, even if it’s slower than I’d like. To make things worse, I look through the photos I’ve taken in previous years and I see that in less than a month, we’ll have quite a few flowers in bloom. But I want it NOW.

All things in good time. While I long for warm spring days, and even summer heat, I also enjoy the early walks in nearby woods, where I can watch the floor come to life, one wildflower at a time. In my mind’s eye, I can see it as time-lapse photography. First comes the skunk cabbage, we’ll end with the fire pinks, and by then it’s summer.

 
Say it with flowers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:15 AM

By Kylee Baumle

Valentine’s Day is here and many of you will be receiving flowers from someone who loves or cares for you. The most commonly given flower is the red rose, but what if you get something else? Is your lover trying to tell you something in a subtle way, something that they’re reluctant to say any other way?

Flowers have a language all their own, some of which remains commonly known and used to this day. Red roses mean love and yellow ones signify friendship. But, the messages of yesteryear weren’t always those of love or friendship.

Though the language of flowers has its origins as far back as the 1600s, their use to convey specific messages has been linked most significantly to Victorian England. During the mid-1800s, it became popular in the U.S. as well.

 
Golf or garden? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 5:38 PM

By Kylee Baumle

As a garden book reviewer, I receive quite a number of books in the mail each week for me to consider giving my opinion as to whether they’re worth the time and money readers might spend on them. It may come as no surprise when I say that I look them over and for the most part, choose to read only the ones that I think I’m going to like. I try to keep things positive that way.

There are very few books that I’d say are outstanding, but there are an awful lot of good ones. One that I recently read and reviewed was “The Roots of My Obsession.” It’s a collection of essays by some well-known figures in the world of horticulture, telling how they got started gardening, what they like best about it and why they do it.

 
Will Buckeye Chuck bring us good news? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 4:32 PM

 

By Kylee Baumle

Just two more days and another January will be history! And on Saturday, we get to find out if we’re getting an early spring again this year. It’s time for Buckeye Chuck to make his annual appearance and give us his expert opinion about the weather. His cousin, Punxsutawney Phil, lives one state to our east and is the one most of the country will be watching on Feb. 2.

Buckeye Chuck is Ohio’s resident prognosticator and since 1979, holds the title of Ohio’s Official Groundhog. He’s been predicting weather since the early ’70s, but the tradition has its origins in Germany and says that if the groundhog emerges from his hole and sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather.

 
Forcing the issue of spring PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 4:54 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Holidays are over, real winter has set in and it doesn’t take long before I tire of it. I look wistfully through my pictures of the garden that were taken in warmer days, at the daffodils, the irises, the Black-eyed Susans. I remember how the sun felt on my face and how I would shut my eyes and attempt to commit that feeling to memory, so that I could conjure it up on the coldest days of the winter season yet to come.

It doesn’t work (it never does) but I will keep doing it, hoping one day I really can feel the stored memory. Hope springs eternal. Now if spring would just do the same! But, there are other winter-defying tricks I’ve got up my sleeve.

 
Is the January Thaw real? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 4:11 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Oh, we love our traditions, weather folklore, and old wives’ tales, don’t we? The woolly worms have predicted a cold winter (aren’t they all?) as long as you encountered the right kind of caterpillar. We’re heading into the down side of January and we just experienced the “January thaw.”

Just what is that anyway? Is it real or just another one of those folklore things? Do things really thaw out?

Yes, Virginia, there is a January thaw. And yes, some things do thaw out. Towards the end of January, the temperatures warm up enough to melt snow and the top layer of ground thaws sufficiently enough to make things a little slushy and muddy. You start thinking that maybe spring will be early this year, but then you remember how much of a tease Old Man Winter can be.

 
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