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  • In the Garden: Cloudy with a Chance of Confusion August 29, 2014
    I met a new butterfly this week.  This particular butterfly is one of the skippers. Skippers are in the Superfamily Hesperioidea, as opposed to say, Swallowtails or Milkweed Butterflies that are in the Papilionoidea Superfamily encompassing Butterflies (excluding skippers). Skippers are a diverse bunch and often hard to identify. This skipper was rather larg […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Native Plants Beyond the Garden August 28, 2014
    I love having native plants in my garden. Every moment that I can do so finds me slipping into the garden to find a beautiful flower, a hummingbird sipping on cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), an insect collecting food or collecting prey, and to listen to the sweet song of birds. As much as I love […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see al […]
    Ellen Honeycutt
  • When a Tree Falls in the Schoolyard August 25, 2014
    We had only one shade tree at our suburban DC elementary school, a 50ish-year-old pin oak, and it was cut down over the summer without notice. After the shock and swearing wore off, I started thinking about how we could use what remained. Almost anything can be turned into a lesson, including a prominently placed […] We love hearing from you! Please click he […]
    Stacey Evers
  • The Worms Crawl In but Do They Swim? August 22, 2014
    This week I noticed that there was some webbing on a Baldcypress tree I planted a while back. At some point my property was likely home to many of these trees as is evident by decaying knees I see when the pond level gets low.  These majestic trees require wet conditions during part of the year […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the b […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Native Shrubs for Small Gardens August 19, 2014
    For those with small wildlife gardens, gardening with native plants has always been a challenge. Natives tend to be not just large size but absolutely huge. Fortunately the nursery industry is responding to the growing demand for wildlife friendly native plants for the small space garden. Plant breeders have come out with some outstanding dwarf […] We love h […]
    Karyl Seppala
  • Wildlife Deception as a Defense August 15, 2014
    Tanner, the English Setter was headed out for his afternoon stroll of the yard.  I saw something over behind a tall cluster of Bidens alba and it seemed to be thrashing.  Tanner zoomed on over and flushed out a Red-Shouldered Hawk.  The hawk flew off with its feathers somewhat ruffled in the quick getaway. Tanner […] We love hearing from you! Please click he […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Baldcypress Ecosystem August 13, 2014
    Birding in Delaware at Trap Pond State Park, a baldcypress ecosystem. After a wonderful trip aboard the Mummichog II for the Cape Water Taxi Ecotour to explore the ecosystem of the Indian River Bay in southeastern Delaware, today we headed to southwestern Delaware to explore a fresh water ecosystem. Trap Pond State Park, near Laurel, […] We love hearing from […]
    Carole Sevilla Brown
  • Cardinal Flower August 12, 2014
      Hummingbirds love it. So do I. If it was a Corvette Stingray, the color would be called “Victory Red.” It is a blazing, brilliant, red, not often seen in a native plant. In the picture above, you see a sweat bee, using a leaf as a resting spot on the Cardinal Flower’s, Lobelia cardinalis, landing […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all t […]
    Brenda Clements Jones
  • Raising Question Mark butterflies August 11, 2014
    Question Mark butterflies can be elusive if you don’t know how to attract them to your beautiful wildlife garden. They are drawn more to sap runs (often created by woodpeckers) and rotting fruit than the flowers in your yard. If you have a plum or cherry tree you may see these and other butterflies feeding […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to s […]
    Judy Burris

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Dirty Hands, Happy Heart

Nature is the art of God.  ~Thomas Browne

Gardening is my favorite distraction, and the indoor garden is proving to be a wonderful November alternative to its declining outdoor relative. I always intend to check the indoor garden quickly, but ultimately I am drawn in and spend an hour or more puttering around watering, adjusting lights and just looking. Everyday there is something new to see and I am amazed by it all!

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Red tinges on a radicchio leaf.

Today offered a reason for spending a while in the garden, the plants needed re-potting. With my assortment of clean saved and salvaged pots and compost mix (as well as our Yorkie, Bogey, to keep me company) I got to work and after an hour I was finished. Transplanting is easy (see here) when the seedlings are still small and roots haven’t intertwined into a tangle.

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Bogey, my faithful companion.

I started with the greens. Kailaan, Tatsoi and Wong Bok were planted into a large tub about 2″ apart. The salad greens went into a second tub, the third holds radicchio. The tomatoes are potted separately and planted up to their bottom leaves. New roots will grow along the stem. Vegetables that grow upright (as opposed to growing in rosettes, like lettuce) should be planted the same way.

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With true leaves beginning to develop on most of the seedlings, it’s time to begin bottom-watering the pots. The pots sit in trays that will be filled with an inch of water every few minutes until the soil in each pot is moist. The soil is allowed to dry a bit between waterings. When the true leaves have fully emerged, diluted fertilizer will be added to the watering routine every couple of weeks.

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With the indoor garden tended to, I had time to bake a two loaves of oatmeal honey wheat bread. I love baking bread and nothing tastes better with dinner. Look for the recipe Wednesday with the other Thanksgiving recipes, the bread is wonderful for making home-made stuffing with fresh herbs!

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