• Gardening Background

  • Biographical Information
    Wife 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!)
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  • Gardening Ability
    3 - Garden a lot, with some success
  • My 5 favorite plants are
    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?
  • 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 Dilemmas
    SD 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?
    Spring mud
  • What do you like most about gardening?
    Digging in the dirt.
    pulling weeds
    Picking produce and flowers
  • Cat or Dog person
    Cat Person
  • What is your Garden Test Score?
    11-15 Now We're Talking
  • Education

  • College / University
  • Favorite Quote
    If I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant an apple tree.
    Martin Luther.
  • Interests
    gardening, historic preservation,
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  • I would like to promote my gardening expertise

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