George Bonnema
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I’ve just returned from visiting a world I never dreamed I’d see. We were in New Zealand for two weeks and then in Australia for the next two weeks. We traveled with Road Scholar … more
It is Monday and I am sooooooooooo happy!  I just finished getting a water feature set up and running in my yard … not a big deal except for the fact that I have been going to do … more
It is October and for the most part, my gardens are shutting down. I am still harvesting spinach, kale, broccoli and carrots, but with the onset of cool weather and the shortening days, the … more
The first frost of each autumn is my dread … well, I survived it again, and the damage was bad enough in spite of my attempt at protecting the tender plants. The pots I could move into … more
I hope your garden has been as productive as mine has been this year. It seems as if I have spent a lot of time harvesting the last two weeks. This morning I loaded the dehydrator with Roma … more
The last week of August — and my garden’s production is amazing! My Red Norland potato vines died so I have those harvested. If you neglect getting those potatoes out of the … more
August … already! Right now is the best time to divide or move any type of peony. When you replant the tubers, the “eye” for next year’s growth will be very visible, and … more
In my last column, I talked about butterflies laying their eggs on host plants, and I mentioned monarchs on carrot foliage … I got corrected by a reader; swallowtail caterpillars eat … more
Well yes, I’ve been absent here for a few weeks. Trying to clean up an abundance of free organic matter (corn stalks) delivered by the flood, a trip to Michigan for blueberries and trying … more
A couple of plants that need immediate pruning are mugho pines and anything in the lilac family. The mugho pine new growth is called a candle, and I normally prune that back by three-fourths … more
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