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Some critical gardening chores are beginning

October 5, 2012 When October appears on the calendar, that is a good indication summer is really over. No great mourning this year. I spent a lot of this dry summer waiting for relief from the heat. more »»

Producing garlic a simple chore, starting right about now

September 7, 2012 With the calendar constantly reminding us September is here, and therefore that fall is rapidly gaining on us, it is time to do a final planting before starting to put the garden to bed. more »»

Heron makes unusual visits

August 24, 2012 Birders across Ohio have been thrilled by an invasion of southern herons that are rarely seen this far north. The source of their excitement? The little blue heron, a denizen of southern swamps. more »»

Any vegetable can find a home in Janet’s salads

August 24, 2012 Now that we are harvesting some produce from our gardens, or coveting the tempting array in the produce aisle, it is time to think about good ways to use vegetables in the kitchen. more »»

Native plants have a place, naturally

August 17, 2012 A recent trip to the Naturally Native Nursery in Bowling Green taught me a great deal about the plants that are native to northwest Ohio. more »»

Beware the blasted bagworms

August 10, 2012 Are you happy with the large crop of pine cones that have appeared on your arbor vitae and junipers? Better take another look. more »»

Act would require feds to buy US-made apparel

July 25, 2012 Shouldn’t Team USA be wearing uniforms made in the USA? By now you’ve heard this isn’t the case. Instead, the U.S. more »»

The ins and outs of glorious green beans

July 20, 2012 This has been a memorable day! I found my first ready-to-pick green bean, the first red Celebrity tomato and the first flower open on my mandevilla. more »»

Tribute brings community members together

July 14, 2012 It was a little more than a year ago when I sat at Carmie’s Grill & Bar with some of the members of Seneca County For Veterans to talk about the American Veterans Traveling Tribute and the Traveling... more »»

Mayor: AFSCME wants deferential treatment

July 14, 2012 I was disappointed to see the letter from Thomas Kosek, the staff representative for the AFSCME union. Mr. more »»

Here’s a guide to some interesting choices for annual flowers

July 13, 2012 Most of us are in a rut with the annuals we buy each year. more »»

Around Janet’s garden we go again

July 6, 2012 With so many flowers in full bloom in the June sunshine, it seems like the right time for another walk around the garden. more »»

A long walk, ruminating

June 29, 2012 I’m not familiar with the North Country National Scenic Trail, although I may have unknowingly walked portions of its route through Ohio. more »»

Succession planting has many benefits

June 29, 2012 Now that the peas have given their all, it is time to rip out the straggly plants and get the space filled with another crop. And so we go into succession planting, replacing one crop with another. more »»

Garden mistakes? A few, perhaps

June 22, 2012 A number of readers have told me their favorite columns are those when I describe the gardening mistakes I have made. more »»

Bluebirds enjoying renaissance in Ohio

June 22, 2012 Two of Ohio’s best known and most beloved birds are thrushes. One of them, the American robin, is a ubiquitous fixture in suburbia and nearly every other habitat. more »»

Don’t underestimate what brown can do for you in the garden

June 15, 2012 A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about white in the garden. Now, I am following up with a rather different color — brown. more »»

Good tools critical to garden care

June 8, 2012 While considering a few topics for future columns, I received a question from a reader on the subject of garden tools, and so here is your answer, Penny, buried in a lot more words. more »»

Proposal would encourage bringing jobs home

June 5, 2012 Like you, too often I’ve opened the newspaper only to learn jobs in our state — whether in Mansfield, Lorain, or Springfield — are being outsourced to places such as China, Indonesia or Mexico. more »»

Roses work well as herb, and here’s how

June 1, 2012 The rose is Herb of the Year for 2012? At first, this seemed somewhat strange, but upon reflection, the rose is a perfect fit with the definition of herbs. more »»



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