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Chick season is here. And if you are like me it will take every ounce of your willpower to go to any feed store and not walk out with some cute little chicks. While chicks are super adorable, they also do require a bit more care when they are little.

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It is amazing how a mild winter day is enough to make me believe that spring is next week instead of next month and have me completely convinced that it is time to start the garden.

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I’m not sure about you, but my yard is a big pile of muck currently. Sure, there is snow covering it which helps to make it not look quite as awful, but I know that underneath all that it’s a gardening mess.

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Winter never seems the same anymore. When I was a kid it seemed like the snowfall came in feet instead of inches. These days we spend more time going back and forth between snow and non-snow days that I have a feeling that all my plants are going to be confused soon if it doesn’t get warmer …

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Winter never seems the same anymore. When I was a kid it seemed like the snowfall came in feet instead of inches. These days we spend more time going back and forth between snow and non-snow days that I have a feeling that all my plants are going to be confused soon if it doesn’t get warmer …

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The catalogs are coming and it’s only a matter of time before the gardening bug bites you and you start ordering everything out there. Pace yourself, and most importantly remember that you’re going to have to plant all of that.

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With the New Year upon us, and all the mild weather we have been experiencing, it makes it easy to start dreaming up ways to enhance your landscape or add to your vegetable garden. I always figure that there is nothing better to do on a dreary winter day than to open a seed or plant catalog …

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Wintertime just seems sort of blah when it comes to the color palette of things. Granted the snow is white, and usually the sky is gray, but it is a rare sighting to see anything that would count as a pop of color aside from the occasional cardinal flying past. That doesn’t mean that you can…

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Can you smell it in the air? The smell of all the pines, firs, spruces and other evergreens that are making their way into people’s homes.

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It has been an exciting fall over at Sunkissed and with that came a big move for us and all the animals.

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It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner — even more so hard to believe considering we had measurable snow last week. Luckily for most, Thanksgiving consists of great food with friends and family and is held indoors. Because if it was outdoors, I am not sure we would…

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There are few plants that I truly treasure enough to want to spend the effort to keep them going indoors. I love plants, just outdoors I always consider them much more forgiving.

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While everything in our yards and gardens are working their way towards dormancy, now is the perfect time to get going on planning and planting your spring bulb display.

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Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere. If you have been anywhere out and about lately, you almost surely have run into pumpkins for sale.

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Now that the butterflies are full fledged migrating, I can go outside and start trimming back some of my overgrown annuals and add a touch of color with some fall flowers.

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Most of us only think about the leaves falling and the air getting colder as we inch closer to autumn. I notice all of that as well, but I also keep an eye out for all the changes going on in the world of insects.

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While the garden season is winding down, what I consider to be composting season is ramping up. Many of us associate composting with the same schedule as our gardens, but if you want to produce usable compost come next spring you need to get it started in the fall.

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This past week I have had the pleasure of attending the Resource Recycling Conference in New Orleans as part of a grant I was awarded. I met all sorts of amazing people and have really great ideas that I’m bringing home to figure out how to implement them in our area, but the one thing that …

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Late August always tends to make me realize just how close we are to the summer’s end. And although I prefer spring and fall temperature-wise, there is something about the summer that makes everything feel a bit more relaxed and almost carefree. About this time every year it occurs to me jus…

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Like most other days I play this fun game called “what is that living on my plant?” But at this point of year it’s different. Most plants are already in full bloom and/or producing their fruits. So my energy levels on insect removal are not quite as ambitious as they were in May when my plan…

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Nothing gets me more upset in the garden than when I discover tomato hornworms have been munching on my plants. They fluster me to no end.

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I recently came across a post on Facebook from a page titled The Tattooed Gardener that has a picture of a sign reading “If something is not eating your plants, then your garden is not part of the ecosystem.”

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La PORTE — Terra Verde Garden Club’s Green Thumb awards for the 2019 season have been selected. The purpose of this award is to recognize gardeners who show appreciation for nature, beauty and creativity and to encourage the beautification of La Porte and nearby areas.

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Can you smell it in the air? It is time for the La Porte County Fair. This is by far one of my favorite times of the year. From the smells of the elephant ears to the taste of those amazing Walleye fish sandwiches, I am overjoyed to spend my week there.

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Butterflies are amazing creatures. I mean anything that will migrate annually at somewhere around 2,000 miles is pretty remarkable to me. Monarchs tend to fly from Mexico to the Great Lakes, and back to Mexico every year. Granted there are a couple of generations of Monarchs that make that p…

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If your yard is anything like mine, I could almost guarantee that you have been finding a bunch of earthworms this year in your garden.

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Despite the rainy weather that seems to never want to go away, it is still officially strawberry season in our area. My youngest daughter Mia and I ventured out to Rosie’s Berries last night that is located just north of Otis, at 1066N CR-1150W, in Michigan City. There you will find huge fie…

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Back when I did farmers markets all over the region, I would always have a sign out on one of my tables with the simple quote of “Know your farmer, know your food.”

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We are almost to summer, and with that we need to start getting our bug repellents ready to go – especially since we have had all this rain which only amplifies the already large mosquito population.

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It’s hard to get out in the garden and get anything done with all this water that seems to be pooling up everywhere. But then I realized that it is still early, and it won’t hurt for me to wait another week for things to dry up a bit outside.

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One of my favorite scents of spring is the scent of the lilacs blooming. Nothing seems to emit the feeling of spring quite like when the lilacs are in full bloom. These days you see them planted nearly in every yard. But in the past many older homes would have a section of lilacs planted whe…

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It is almost potato season. I love potatoes, not so much the work of planting them but the fun of eating them come harvest time.

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It was nearly a dozen years ago that I was asked to come down to The La Porte County Herald-Argus to speak about an upcoming Earth Day/Green Living feature that they had planned and were interested in writing about my farm H&H Flowers/Sunkissed Organics.

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Yesterday when I was rushing out of the door with my hands full, trying to get everyone to where they needed to before the morning, I noticed a tiny bit of yellow poking up from my flowerbed. I realized that it must be the tips of my daffodils beginning to emerge. When we moved in, we alread…