My Climate Zone
Sunset Climate ZoneZone 43
USDA Plant Hardines ZoneZone 4b
Biographical InformationWife to my wonderful husband of 25 years
Mother of four children
recently re-joined the work force as I have been a stay-at-home mom for 10 years. (OK - so I only work 6 hours a day but still it cuts into my gardening time!)
My Mulch Profile
Gardening Ability3 - Garden a lot, with some success
My 5 favorite plants areTomatoes
Green or hot peppers
Columbine (any variety)
What is a garden myth you hear frequently which you know is untrue?How much water to give your vegetable garden in the summertime.
And, what is the reality?I rarely water my summer vegetable garden. Plants in SD are used to drought. I have grown tomato plants 8 feet tall with no watering and no rain for 6 weeks. Sometimes you have to let the plants adapt to their environment. I grew 14 ft sunflowers without additional watering.
What is your favorite gardening outfit or costume?Shorts and tank top. I have a pair of sandals that I got a rummage sale 8 years ago for a quarter. They are my gardening shoes.
Who is your own favorite gardening personality on TV, radio or in print? Why?Ron Smith - North Dakota State University Extension Horticulturist. He offers great gardening and tree advice to people especially in the Dakotas.
Do you have a gardening philosophy you would like to share with other gardeners? What is it?Let volunteers grow where they land. Chaos in a garden is just as interesting as designed placement.
If you could grow only one plant, what would it be?I couldn't choose.
What plant have you tried to grow that has given you the most trouble? Or, what plant would you like to grow and can't, and why?I have trouble with roses. I have one rose bush that has lived for years. Others I get die after the first year. I have not yet determined if it a soil issue or what but they do not like me.
What is your favorite time in the garden?Morning or late afternoon.
What is your favorite color in the garden?purple
What is your favorite place or activity in the garden?I love to pull weeds. I love to watch the fruit blossoms open. I love to monitor the growth of plants each day in early summer.
What is your favorite public or private garden in the world? Why?My gardens are my favorite. I love to see others but mine are more intimate and interesting to me as I can change anything I want.
What individual has influenced your gardening interest the most? How?my mother and both grandmothers. They have instilled a sense of love of the earth.
Gardening DilemmasSD is a very harsh environment. Some years we can be a zone 5 climate then others we can barely make zone 4.
There is never enough rain in the summer or enough snow protection in the winter.
What do you dislike most about gardening?Winter
What do you like most about gardening?Digging in the dirt.
Picking produce and flowers
Cat or Dog personCat Person
What is your Garden Test Score?11-15 Now We're Talking
College / UniversitySDSU
Favorite QuoteIf I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant an apple tree.
Interestsgardening, historic preservation,
Plant Care Provider Profile
I would like to promote my gardening expertiseYes
When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!
When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?
When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?
When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?
Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?
When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?
Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?
When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?
What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?
Treat for Pest/Disease
How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?
When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?
When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?
When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?
Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?