Elsewhere Online: The Unsung Heroes of the Shade Garden By fellow Saturday6 member Kylee Baumle


The Unsung Heroes of the Shade Garden By Kylee Baumle

If I’m asked one question about what to plant more than any other, it’s this: “What do you recommend for planting in shade?” That’s a loaded question, because there’s more to consider than just the light level. That’s a loaded question, because there’s more to consider than just the light level. There’s the soil type, whether or not it’s dry or wet, and is it truly all shade or does it get some direct sun? And do you want color, foliage or both? Perennials or annuals?

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Check out Kylee’s blog, Our Little Acre

Disclosure: This post is in conjunction with my paid partnership as one of the Saturday6 from Troy-Bilt. All thoughts are my own.

Yellow Roses…in the neighborhood

A quick post to show some things blooming in my neighborhood this week.

Yellow Roses

Join Kylee Baumle in Findlay, Ohio for a Saturday6 Garden Q&A and Troy-Bilt product demo – Sat., May 21, 2011

It’s Gardening Time in Ohio!

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Garden Q&A and Product Demo

Join fellow Saturday6 member, Kylee Baumle at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Findlay, Ohio on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 10am-1p.

Troy-Bilt area manager, Scott Jennings, will have a selection of Troy-Bilt equipment and tools for you to test out and together they’ll have lots of great gardening conversations, Q&A and more!.

When: Saturday, May 21, 2011 – 10am-1pm

Where: In the Tent, Lowe’s Home Improvement, 1077 Bright Rd., Findlay, OH 45840 [Map]

Who are the Saturday6!

Direct from their backyards, these bloggers share their trials, tribulations and triumphs in all things lawn and gardening. Now, they’re teaming up with Troy-Bilt® to bring you their best tips and tricks to help make your Saturday in the yard a rewarding one. Let us introduce you to the Saturday Six. In coming months, you will see more from this talented group in The Dirt with how-to videos, sharing favorite lawn and gardening projects, product reviews and giveaways, as well as out and about at local Lowe’s® stores.

Kylee Baumle from Our Little Acre http://ourlittleacre.blogspot.com/ Kylee Baumle lives and gardens in Zone 5b in northwest Ohio, where she tames the native clay to produce vegetables, fruits, and as many annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees as she can fit onto an acre surrounded by rural farmland. Author of the popular gardening blog, Our Little Acre, Kylee is a freelance writer and photographer who feels fortunate to have a husband who sometimes joins in on her gardening projects and who loves cats as much as she does.

Douglas E. Welch from A Gardener’s Notebook http://douglasewelch.com/agn Born in the epitome of small town America – New London, Ohio – Douglas Welch spent many summers digging and planting vegetables in his grandmother’s garden or driving a tractor on his family’s small soybean farm. Computer work called him to the big city of Los Angeles, but he managed to take a piece of Ohio with him. When he and his wife bought their first home, they inherited an overgrown, 10 year old garden. He has spent his years renovating what was a meticulous Japanese garden into a small piece of woodland among the urban cement. This double life illustrates his belief that balance in this modern world requires a combination of high-tech and high-touch living. Douglas’ gardening column and podcast, A Gardener’s Notebook, began in 1996 and is available at DouglasEWelch.com/agn.

Jennah Watters from Jennah’s Garden http://www.jennahsgarden.com/ After a lifetime of consciously avoiding helping her mother garden, Jennah started gardening voluntarily in 2007, when she and her husband bought their first home. It came with only a few sad, half-dead bushes and one all-the-way-dead mum. (Things are much better now.) Notorious for moving plants several times before being content with their location, Jennah gardens by trial and error, and attempts not to dwell on the error. She is wife to a deputy sheriff and mom to two cats and one dog, and hopes to one day be as good a gardener as her grandparents.

Cynthia “Meems” Glover from Hoe and Shovel http://www.hoeandshovel.com Cynthia lives and gardens in her beloved native state of Florida only a short distance from the beautiful shores of the Gulf of Mexico. She is a blogger, freelance writer, amateur photographer, Master Gardener, and garden coach. Cynthia specializes in Florida-friendly and native plants, while steadfastly adhering to “right-plant, right place” in her mostly shady garden. It is her passion to share and teach all she’s learned while gardening in a challenging growing climate and to inspire hopeful gardeners to enjoy their gardens, too.

Gina Thomas from My Skinny Garden http://www.myskinnygarden.com Gina lives and gardens in the Chicagoland area, zone 5b. One summer day in 2007, she decided to grow an organic tomato – four years later, most of the yard of her small house has been replaced by vegetable and perennial gardens. While she still considers herself a novice gardener, killing the occasional plant, every now and then, she grows something phenomenal or builds something interesting. Her greatest gardening accomplishments are the cedar pergola built over a weekend with good friends, raised vegetable beds she constructed herself, and the trip to Las Vegas she won in a tastiest tomato contest. Her philosophy is simple – grow, marvel, eat, laugh, persevere. Gina is a part-time freelance writer and the cofounder and vice president of Forest Park Community Garden, a nonprofit 501(c)3 dedicated to educating the community on building organic sustainable food systems. Gina chronicles her gardening and DIY conundrums at her blog My Skinny Garden.

Mark Clement from MyFixitUpLife http://myfixituplife.com Mark Clement is a licensed contractor, co-hosts the live radio show MyFixitUpLife with his wife Theresa, regularly contributes to “Extreme How-To” magazine, “Professional Deck Builder” magazine, AOL’s DIY Life, DIYNetwork.com, HGTVpro.com, OldHouseWeb, “Old House Journal,” and has been a featured guest on DIY Network, Discovery Channel, HGTV and PBS.

Disclosure: This post is in conjunction with my paid partnership as one of the Saturday6 from Troy-Bilt. All thoughts are my own.

Project: Altoids Tin Mini Garden from Instructables

For those of you who simply can’t be without a little green space, no matter where you may be, here is a neat method of growing sprouts, or any small seeds, in an altoid tin. This could turn out to be a great kids project, too.


Altoids Tin Mini Garden

by mischka

Altoids Tin Mini Garden


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You dont have an own garden, but like to live in a green environment? Why dont you make an Altoids Tin Mini Garden for your desktop? Use an empty Altoids tin. Put in a piece of tissue, add garden cress seeds and water and wait 3 days. Dont forget to keep your seeds wet.

Jumpstart comic talks urban gardening…a little

I thought this Sunday’s Jumpstart comic was quite funny and slips in a reference to urban gardening, too.
Jump Start

Photos: Saturday6 kick-off event at Troy-Bilt, Inc, Chef’s Garden, Inc, Culinary Vegetable Institute and VeggieU

I am sitting at Cleveland Hopkins Airport waiting to board my flight back to LA after a great couple of days at the Saturday6 kick-off event. We visited Troy-Bilt, Inc and got to see their entire operation, their people and even test-drive some equipment. Then we were off to Chef’s Garden, Inc, in Huron, Ohio to se their amazing greens and learn how they serve top flight chefs with some of the world’s best greens. Lunch was at the Culinary Vegetable Institute where we learned about their VeggieU educational programs.

The is a slide show of our entire visit. I will be highlighting individual photos over the next several week and talking more about the Saturday6 program.


View the Saturday6 photos on Flickr

Disclosure: This post is in conjunction with my paid partnership as one of the Saturday6 from Troy-Bilt. All thoughts are my own.

Ohio Lilac

Lilac, originally uploaded by dewelch.

I found this lilac at my sister’s house in Norwalk, Ohio. I saw a lot of lilacs as we travelled around for the Saturday6 program, but this was the first one I had a chance to grab a picture of.

As you might imagine, the smell was amazing.

I Like This – May 13, 2011

Photo: Out standing in a field

Out standing in a field, originally uploaded by dewelch.

“One of these things are not like the other. One of these things just doesn’t belong.”

Anyone who has planted tulips or other bulbs knows that an erratic will sneak in on occasion. I caught this perfect example outside of Cleveland City Hall today in Willard Park.

Off to Cleveland to play in Troy-Bilt’s garden this week!

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Jennah, over at Jennah’s garden is one of my fellow Saturday6 members and she posted her thoughts about attending our kick-off event this week. I came across it as I took a break from my own packing and it got me to thinking about my own thoughts about the project and my upcoming trip.

First, this will be an “old home” trip for me. I grew up in New London, a small town of about 2000 people in north central Ohio. Most of my family still lives in the area, so not only will I be doing blogging business, I am fitting in 2 days of family time, too. I lived in Cleveland for about 9 months before my marriage 25 years ago, so there are also a few people to meet for lunch and dinner around the Troy-Bilt events.

I have written for the Troy-Bilt newsletter a few times over the last 2 years and was lucky enough to receive several pieces of their equipment to use in my own garden. I have found their products to be top quality and very useful, but I also enjoyed the freedom to say when I didn’t like something. Troy-Bilt knows how to interact with bloggers for the benefit of both.

Even with our previous relationship, I was somewhat surprised when Troy-Bilt asked me to be part of the Saturday6. In my new media consulting work, I often preach the need for people to “show people what they do and how well they do it” and how important it is to the continued success of their endeavors. I have lived this ideal for such a long time, I sometimes forget that great things can and do happen if you work at it enough. My inclusion in the Saturday6 is a direct, personal, reinforcement of my new media philosophy. As with much of my life, one area of interest intersects with another and in this case gardening meets new media in a big way.

Looking at the schedule for this week’s event, it looks like we are going to have a great time. We are going to get to see a lot of current Troy-Bilt products as well as a some new, unreleased items. It is always great to get a behind-the-scenes peek at anything, so I am sure this will be really cool. Beyond that, though, I am really looking forward to meeting my fellow bloggers. I have followed most of their blogs for a while, but meeting someone in person is always interesting. Despite the fact that I LIVE in the Internet, I still regularly attend and organize meetups and events so that people can shake hands and have great conversations while looking into each other’s eyes.

Given my history in Ohio, it only seems fitting that we will end our 2 days together within a stone’s throw of my family. They are even planning on picking me up at the end of the event to start our family time. As a group, the Saturday6 will be visiting the Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, Ohio. (Milan was the birthplace of famous inventor, Thomas Alva Edison, by the way) The CVI hosts a program for kids called Veggie U, which teaches them how to grow vegetables as this has been shown to increase their desire to actually eat them. I am very interested to hear more about their program, being a rather fussy, non-vegetable eater myself. (SMILE)

You’ll see more about and from the Saturday6 here on A Gardener’s Notbeook. Please check my fellow bloggers. If you don’t know about them already. Get to know them all here.

Disclosure: This post is in conjunction with my paid partnership as one of the Saturday6 from Troy-Bilt. All thoughts are my own.