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  • Spring Garden Care March 26, 2015
      Spring Garden Care People who care about attracting wildlife to their gardens usually learn over time about best practices for fall cleanup and especially the fact that it’s really beneficial for our birds if we refrain from relentlessly cutting perennials to the ground before winter. But what then happens in the spring for garden care?   Here in […] We lo […]
    Jesse Elwert
  • Downy Woodpeckers March 24, 2015
    A welcome visitor to my garden, throughout the entire year: the Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens. They are small woodpeckers. In fact, they are the smallest woodpecker native to North America. The Downy is generally about 6 3/4 inches long. The picture, above, is a female. She is dressed entirely in black and white, while the […] We love hearing from you […]
    Brenda Clements Jones
  • Spring has sprung at Cincinnati Nature Center March 23, 2015
    My family spent the day hiking the trails at the Cincinnati Nature Center in Milford, Ohio this past Saturday.  It was a beautiful, perfect day to get some fresh air and snap photos of all the new life popping up in the woods and at the ponds. The amphibians have already been busy laying masses […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the b […]
    Judy Burris
  • Bluebird Babies Shepherd in Spring 2015 March 20, 2015
    Big doings at my Central Florida home today.  First day of spring and what could be more rewarding than having the first brood of Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) hatch?  NOTHING! I saw mom and dad doing a bit of back and fourth to the nest box early this morning. Such activity is a sure sign […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the be […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Springtime Means Native Plant Garden Tours: Put on Your Walking Shoes March 19, 2015
    When spring comes, I welcome the chance to put on my walking shoes and head out to native plant garden tours.  Garden tours are a great way to get ideas of what you can do with your own native plant garden.  Sometimes, we go to botanical gardens to get ideas or look to see what’s […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos […]
    Kathy Vilim
  • Don’t Skip the Long-Tailed Skipper Butterfly March 13, 2015
    I spotted a skipper butterfly flitting from leaf to leaf on the ticktrefoil (Desmodium spp.). This woody somewhat vine-y genus of plants has many different species.  I’m still not confident in my identification to species, and I tend to think that this one is introduced rather than the native. Since I saw the butterfly on […] We love hearing from you! Please […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Maplicious March 12, 2015
    For most of the year the red maple (Acer rubrum) is an overlooked and underappreciated tree. It is native throughout the eastern US, from the South to the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. It hops right over the Mississippi River and sashays down into eastern Texas. Such a ubiquitous plant is bound to be taken for granted, […] We love hearing from you! Please click h […]
    Ellen Honeycutt
  • It Must Be Spring—I Saw a Robin! March 10, 2015
    This time of year in Indiana I often hear people say excitedly, “Spring is not far away; I saw a robin!” Actually robins should not be used to herald the arrival of spring. This is a common myth. Every autumn robins migrate southward but every winter many robins stay in the northern states and southern […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see a […]
    Joni James
  • Butterflies are Free March 6, 2015
    Planting beautiful and aromatic nectar sources is an easy way to attract adult pollinators. A flower garden will really draw them in. And everyone enjoys the beautiful colors of the flowers and the butterflies and bees that land. But, it is equally important to provide for the next generation. This means planting larval host plants. […] We love hearing from […]
    Loret T. Setters

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How's It Growin'?

A lot has changed in the indoor garden this past week. I see something new everyday.

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The stevia cuttings have small roots now.

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The radicchio has red-tinged leaves.

The onion seedlings are ready to transplant.

The onion seedlings are ready to transplant.

The okra is developing a second set of leaves, the peppers their first.

The okra is developing a second set of leaves, the peppers their first.

Sage seedlings show their characteristic crinkled leaves.

Sage seedlings show their characteristic crinkled leaves.

The "Silver Fir Tree" tomato looks yellow, it isn't, it's the lights.

The "Silver Fir Tree" tomato looks yellow, it isn't, it's the lights.

The basil will potted into a larger container soon.

The basil will be potted into a larger container soon.

The lights remain on 15 hours a day and the pots are rotated weekly.

The shelves are filling in quickly!

There are three out of six shelves in use right now. Two have two double-bulb fixtures over them. The lower shelf is home to the stevia cuttings and plants as well as the lettuces and mesclun. (They require less intense light so a fixture isn’t needed.) As the plants quickly grow I’ll be busy with daily watering, rotating and pinching back herbs. A few things I miss… the birds gleaning and keeping me company, the bees humming in nearby blossoms, the cool breeze that blows across my neck on a hot day. I’m enjoying this indoor growing, but it will never replace the real thing!

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