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Just what the heck is a bagworm?

Reports about the pesky insect have been popping up in the garden calendar for the past few months, until being overshadowed by calls about the ever-ravenous Japanese beetle.

While those beetles have been turning plants’ leaves into doili...

Put the Veggie Garden to Bed

In an edible garden bed, good sanitation and healthy soil are critical for ensuring another productive season next year. After the last bean is picked and the cucumbers are done, start the cleanup by pulling out and discarding any spent plan...

Favorite Mosquito-Repelling Plants

Nothing ruins a nice summer evening on the patio like having to slap at those pesky, biting mosquitoes. And while DEET-based bug repellents are effective, maybe you’re looking for a more natural – and better smelling – alternative, esp...

March 8, 2018

Germinating a Movement

Forming garden clubs was a natural expression of interest in nature and beauty. Horticultural societies and botany groups, some dating back to colonial times, restricted women’s membership. In response women formed their own clubs within their own...

A Garden To-Do List for Late Fall

When the weather turns colder, it may seem like there’s not much left to do in the garden. But there are many more beautiful fall days left to spend outside, and Ashley Waltemath, fr...

August 13, 2017


The rewards of summer labors are now available in our gardens and correct harvesting will give a nutritional and tasty pay-off. For most vegetables, bigger is not necessarily better. The line between under-ripe, ripe and overripe can be a thi...

July 30, 2017


Dividing Perennials

The three main reasons for dividing perennials are to control the size of the plants, to help rejuvenate them, and to increase their number. Dividing and replanting k...

April 10, 2017

Do you have abundant oregano plants, holly hocks, perennial grasses or just moved into a home and are starting from scratch?  Come one and come all to The Frank House on Saturday, May 6th 10 am - 2 pm to the Kearney area plant exchange.  Hosted by the Soil Sisters and...

March 8, 2017

Today is International Women's Day and as I think of women and contributions to our society and families I think of the pioneers and the role of the females in sowing, tending, harvesting, preserving and exploring new ways to garden and raise crops to feed their famili...

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October 27, 2017

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