Fruits and vegetables

Wild Apples

September 7, 2017 lawanda Magazine Columns

Do you remember the story of Johnny Appleseed from grade school?  It is more than just a story; Johnny Appleseed was a real person named John Chapman, born in 1774.  Legend has it that he spent years walking throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, West Virginia and Ontario, Canada randomly dropping apple seeds along the way.  […]

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Mid-Summer is Time to Take Stock, Refresh

July 16, 2017 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Mid-summer is a good time to take a look around your yard and garden and decide what you like and what you don’t.  Go out to the street and approach your home from both directions, pretending to be a visitor.  What do you notice first?  Is there a plant that is too big, a container […]

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Tips for Successful Tomato Planting

May 7, 2017 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable garden plan and one of the easiest.to grow.  Even people who don’t have a dedicated vegetable garden often plant a tomato or two in flower beds or containers.        When buying young tomato plants, look for sturdy plants with healthy green leaves.  Avoid leggy plants and those with yellowed […]

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Grow a Little Fruit Tree

February 21, 2016 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Every once in a while, a book comes along that changes everything you’ve believed about a particular topic.  “Grow a Little Fruit Tree” by Ann Ralph, is one that did so for me.  Pruning is something I have fairly good knowledge of but I never questioned one of the basic tenets, the one that decrees […]

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Peppers are 2016 Herb of the Year

February 7, 2016 lawanda Newspaper Columns

      The International Herb Association has chosen peppers as the Herb of the Year for 2016.  Peppers seem an odd choice, given that past winners have included plants that we more normally think of as herbs:  lavender, dill, sage, thyme, basil and rosemary.  However, one of the many definitions of an herb is a “useful […]

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Help for New Vegetable Gardeners

January 17, 2016 lawanda Newspaper Columns

People plant vegetable gardens for many reasons – for exercise, to save money, to get outdoors, for relaxation, for better nutrition, to have control over their food supply, and to teach children.  Are you ready to plant your first vegetable garden?  Nothing matches the thrill you’ll feel the first time you eat a vegetable you’ve […]

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Preventing White Worms in Raspberries

October 18, 2015 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Imagine waking up to a stack of steaming golden pancakes or a big bowl of cereal topped with raspberries fresh from the patch. Suddenly, you notice a white squiggly thing inside one of the berries. It looks like a little worm! Looking closer, you see squigglers in all the berries. There goes breakfast! The little […]

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Harvest Before Frost Arrives

October 4, 2015 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Jack Frost will soon make his appearance and you won’t want to let your many months of work in the vegetable garden go to waste. When frost is imminent, harvest all tomatoes both red and green, all peppers no matter how small, and all the beans, cucumbers and zucchini that are still producing. Cut tender […]

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Apple Thinning Pays Off Big

August 16, 2015 lawanda Newspaper Columns

This year, I finally did what I’ve known I should have been doing for 25 years but never had the nerve to do. In early July, and then again a few weeks later, I ruthlessly thinned the apples growing on my ‘Liberty’ apple tree. Mother Nature gives us a head start at thinning with what […]

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Brussels Sprouts

June 7, 2015 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Brussels sprouts are one of the most disliked vegetables, but that is due mostly to being boiled to the point of mush and then smothered in butter. There are more appetizing, ways to prepare these mini-cabbages. I too hated Brussels sprouts until I bought some fresh at the Neenah Farmer’s Market a couple years ago […]

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