gardening

An index of blog posts tagged ‘gardening’ here at MarkCz.com.
Tiger Swallowtail on Butterfly Bush, Racine, Wisconsin

Tiger Swallowtail on Butterfly Bush, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin — An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) nectars on the flower of a Pink Delight Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii). Butterfly bushes have been very effective in attracting several types of swallowtails, as well as Monarchs and many...

Japanese Beetle control: Grubs in lawn

Japanese Beetle control: Grubs in lawn

We first saw a Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) in our Racine, Wisconsin backyard a few years ago. They were devouring our rose bush. So, after reading about the use of geraniums as a trap crop (since geraniums are toxic to Japanese beetles), we planted a geranium...

Milkweed Bug infestation of Butterfly Weed

Milkweed Bug infestation of Butterfly Weed

ictured here is the original idea — purple Liatris spicata spikes paired against orange Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) blossoms in one of our backyard flower beds. Both attract butterflies, both are easy-to-grow perennials, and both have...

Leaf collection? Mulch leaves into lawn, garden beds

Leaf collection? Mulch leaves into lawn, garden beds

Fall leaf collection is very peculiar here in Racine, Wisconsin. People rake or blow their leaves into rough piles in the street which sit there for days or weeks. At some point, a front-end loader may or may not come by to scoop the leaves into a garbage truck....

Heirloom tomato haul from Racine, Wisconsin garden

Heirloom tomato haul from Racine, Wisconsin garden

Racine, Wisconsin — Heirloom tomatoes — Cherokee Purple, Green Zebra, Mr. Stripey — plus Roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, poblano peppers, and even a couple of chile peppers from our backyard tomato garden. Many of the Roma tomatoes were used in Spaghetti With Fresh...

Hang On Little Tomato

Hang On Little Tomato

Today's photo — after astonishing rains, with more on the way — is inspired by the song "Hang On Little Tomato" by Pink Martini: The sun has left and forgotten me It's dark, I cannot see Why does this rain pour down I'm gonna drown In a sea Of deep confusion...

Green tomatoes in the rain, Racine, Wisconsin

Green tomatoes in the rain, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin — Today's photo — after astonishing rains, with more on the way — is inspired by the song "Hang On Little Tomato" by Pink Martini: The sun has left and forgotten me It's dark, I cannot see Why does this rain pour down I'm gonna drown In a sea Of deep...

Backyard garden beds, July 9, Racine, Wisconsin

Backyard garden beds, July 9, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin — Our backyard garden beds, nearing the halfway point of the growing season: Raised bed (based on a raised bed plan from Sunset magazine) with marigolds, English lavender, snapdragons, rosemary, parsley, and sage. Heirloom tomato beds with basil and...

Taylor Juniper bushes: Backyard evergreen hedge

Taylor Juniper bushes: Backyard evergreen hedge

  ictured above is our neighbor's fence at the edge of our backyard. It's six feet tall. When we bought our house, there were old and gnarly shrubs hiding the fence — a mundane and invasive honeysuckle, a feeble forsythia, a wild weigela....

Snow! Bring back Indian summer

Our local forecast: This afternoon: Flurries and areas of blowing snow before 3pm, then areas of blowing snow after 3pm. Tonight: Wind chill values between -5 and 5. Sunday night: New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Monday night: New snow accumulation of...

Summer 2007 update: Long time no post

Summer 2007 update: Long time no post

Greetings from my air-conditioned bunker as summer 2007 clatters apart overhead like an unbalanced engine. Amy's at work, I'm on hiatus, and out in the backyard the heat and humidity are mounting over the soggy vegetation — a prelude to an afternoon forecast of...

Backyard gardening: Playing in the dirt

Backyard gardening: Playing in the dirt

It will yield you brambles and thistles, as you eat the produce of the land. By the sweat of your face will you earn your food, until you return to the ground. as you were taken from it.— Genesis 3:18-19, The New Jerusalem Bible We've been spending a lot of time on...

Tobacco hornworm caterpillar (Manduca sexta)

Tobacco hornworm caterpillar (Manduca sexta)

Racine, Wisconsin — A tobacco hornworm caterpillar (Manduca sexta, often confused with the tomato hornworm caterpillar) is seen devouring tomato plants in our backyard. As is detailed in our blog, when we first spotted this caterpillar on our tomato plants, we were...

Yew shrubs: Toxic taxus, poisonous plants?

Yew shrubs: Toxic taxus, poisonous plants?

ews. We had them at all three of my parents' houses when I was growing up, and there they were again when we were buying our own house — two big ones along the foundation in the back, and some smaller ones at the foundation in front. I had always...

We are gardeners, and it is good

We are gardeners, and it is good

 Yahweh God planted a garden in Eden, which is in the east, and there he put the man he had fashioned. From the soil, Yahweh God caused to grow every kind of tree, enticing to look at and good to eat, with the tree of life in the middle of the garden, and the tree of...

gardening

An index of blog posts tagged ‘gardening’ here at MarkCz.com.

Tiger Swallowtail on Butterfly Bush, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin — An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) nectars on the flower of a Pink Delight Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii). Butterfly bushes have been very effective in attracting several types of swallowtails, as well as Monarchs and many...

Japanese Beetle control: Grubs in lawn

We first saw a Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) in our Racine, Wisconsin backyard a few years ago. They were devouring our rose bush. So, after reading about the use of geraniums as a trap crop (since geraniums are toxic to Japanese beetles), we planted a geranium...

Milkweed Bug infestation of Butterfly Weed

ictured here is the original idea — purple Liatris spicata spikes paired against orange Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) blossoms in one of our backyard flower beds. Both attract butterflies, both are easy-to-grow perennials, and both have...

Leaf collection? Mulch leaves into lawn, garden beds

Fall leaf collection is very peculiar here in Racine, Wisconsin. People rake or blow their leaves into rough piles in the street which sit there for days or weeks. At some point, a front-end loader may or may not come by to scoop the leaves into a garbage truck....

Heirloom tomato haul from Racine, Wisconsin garden

Racine, Wisconsin — Heirloom tomatoes — Cherokee Purple, Green Zebra, Mr. Stripey — plus Roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, poblano peppers, and even a couple of chile peppers from our backyard tomato garden. Many of the Roma tomatoes were used in Spaghetti With Fresh...

Hang On Little Tomato

Today's photo — after astonishing rains, with more on the way — is inspired by the song "Hang On Little Tomato" by Pink Martini: The sun has left and forgotten me It's dark, I cannot see Why does this rain pour down I'm gonna drown In a sea Of deep confusion...

Green tomatoes in the rain, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin — Today's photo — after astonishing rains, with more on the way — is inspired by the song "Hang On Little Tomato" by Pink Martini: The sun has left and forgotten me It's dark, I cannot see Why does this rain pour down I'm gonna drown In a sea Of deep...

Backyard garden beds, July 9, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin — Our backyard garden beds, nearing the halfway point of the growing season: Raised bed (based on a raised bed plan from Sunset magazine) with marigolds, English lavender, snapdragons, rosemary, parsley, and sage. Heirloom tomato beds with basil and...

Taylor Juniper bushes: Backyard evergreen hedge

  ictured above is our neighbor's fence at the edge of our backyard. It's six feet tall. When we bought our house, there were old and gnarly shrubs hiding the fence — a mundane and invasive honeysuckle, a feeble forsythia, a wild weigela....

Snow! Bring back Indian summer

Our local forecast: This afternoon: Flurries and areas of blowing snow before 3pm, then areas of blowing snow after 3pm. Tonight: Wind chill values between -5 and 5. Sunday night: New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Monday night: New snow accumulation of...

Summer 2007 update: Long time no post

Greetings from my air-conditioned bunker as summer 2007 clatters apart overhead like an unbalanced engine. Amy's at work, I'm on hiatus, and out in the backyard the heat and humidity are mounting over the soggy vegetation — a prelude to an afternoon forecast of...

Backyard gardening: Playing in the dirt

It will yield you brambles and thistles, as you eat the produce of the land. By the sweat of your face will you earn your food, until you return to the ground. as you were taken from it.— Genesis 3:18-19, The New Jerusalem Bible We've been spending a lot of time on...

Tobacco hornworm caterpillar (Manduca sexta)

Racine, Wisconsin — A tobacco hornworm caterpillar (Manduca sexta, often confused with the tomato hornworm caterpillar) is seen devouring tomato plants in our backyard. As is detailed in our blog, when we first spotted this caterpillar on our tomato plants, we were...

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