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Pumpkins and gourds mid-Oct 06Well, Fran seems to be busy at the moment, so in her absence, I’ll say hello to those of you who just found us through her GardenSmart piece in USA Weekend. If you’d like to know just who we are, click on About GGW, or scroll down to Contributors on the left side of this page. Then feel free to read through our current posts, and the archives as well. Please don’t hesitate to add comments on the posts; we end up having some lively discussions and always welcome new voices. And before you go, check out the Blogs We’re Reading section on the left side of this page to connect with more great garden writing across the globe. (Yes, we really do read all of these–maybe not every day, but as often as we can!)

Nancy J. Ondra
Nan gardens on 4 acres in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In the firm belief that every garden ought to have a pretentious-sounding (or at least pretentious-looking) name, she refers to her home grounds as "Hayefield." There, she experiments with a wide variety of plants and planting styles, from cottage gardens and color-based borders to managed meadows, naturalistic plantings, and veggies--all under the watchful eyes of her two pet alpacas, Daniel and Duncan.
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gina November 25, 2007, 2:29 pm

I found your blog via Garden Smart article via Garden Rant. I’m currently reading your posts on Paths and Walkways and in the process of creating my own post to submit for help. Love the blog!

Nancy J. Ondra November 25, 2007, 2:42 pm

Terrific, Gina! Once you put up your post, be sure to leave a comment here so we can visit your blog, too.

Dave November 25, 2007, 3:42 pm

A very nice site! You have some great photos of your gardens. The pathway posts have some useful ideas. Thanks!

Nancy J. Ondra November 25, 2007, 8:51 pm

Thanks for stopping by, Dave, and for the kind words. We hope to see you around here again!

Connie Phelps November 25, 2007, 9:14 pm

I am so glad I found your site. It was listed in the USA Weekend paper.

Nancy J. Ondra November 25, 2007, 9:29 pm

Welcome to GGW, Connie! I’ve already left an answer to your question about the variegated pokeweed in that archived post, so don’t forget to check there when you visit us again.

Kylee November 25, 2007, 9:29 pm

Sometimes I find new garden blogs by clicking on a person’s name when I see they’ve left a response at my blog or someone else’s. I kept seeing your name here and there and then I saw “Gardening Gone Wild” somewhere and did a Google search. I finally found you! Yay me! And I’m thoroughly enjoying myself here. 🙂

Nancy J. Ondra November 25, 2007, 9:39 pm

Yay indeed, Kylee! I’ve seen you around too, and I’m so glad you decided to stop by. I’m sure we’ll be crossing paths again; we seem to enjoy the same blogs!

Don Calman November 26, 2007, 2:09 am

Has anyone followd the Ruth Stout method of gardening for 3 years? What success?

Nancy J. Ondra November 26, 2007, 7:26 am

Welcome, Don! I’m trying the permanent-mulch technique on a few beds, but this was just the first year for me. The hard part is finding enough hay or straw to keep the mulch deep enough. Here in southeastern PA, both hay and straw are selling for $5 to $7 per 2-string bale, so this method isn’t quite as practical as I’d hoped, from a cost standpoint, anyway. Has anyone else here tried it?

gina November 26, 2007, 7:53 am

Hi Nan! I wanted to let you know that my post is up for the Paths and Walkways workshop. Just a warning that I have no paths to “show off” – im in the I NEED HELP category. Thanks and have a great week.

carolyngail November 26, 2007, 9:48 am

Hi Nancy,

Found your blog via garden blogger buddy Gina and am enjoying catching up on your postings.

I have you on my blogroll. Look forward to visiting your site often.

Nancy J. Ondra November 26, 2007, 9:59 am

Great post, Gina. I encourage everyone to check it out at http://www.myskinnygarden.blogspot.com; hopefully, you’ll get lots of good ideas.

And hi there, Carolyn. I’ve seen you around too, and I’m glad you found us. See you again!

Gotta Garden November 26, 2007, 6:15 pm

Like the name of your blog! I had the pleasure of visiting Santa Fe Greenhouses aka High Country Gardens a few years ago…been meaning to post about that…maybe I’ll get to it this winter! Anyway, I’ll look forward to reading what each of you contributes and will add your blog to my blogroll.

Wicked Gardener November 27, 2007, 7:08 pm

I’m always on the hunt for good new gardening blogs and I’m excited to find this one! I’ll be back!!

Nancy J. Ondra November 27, 2007, 8:54 pm

Welcome, Wicked! We’ll look forward to seeing you around.

Jo Anne November 28, 2007, 3:55 pm

Do you or any of your readers have experience with the AeroGarden? It is an indoor gardening system, hydroponic. It is expensive so I’d like to not be the first to try and it find I don’t like it.

Esther A. Mills November 28, 2007, 4:51 pm

Found your site in USA weekend. Great! A few of us working women here in Colorado who love our gardens decided to start our own informal garden group. We learn from each other! We are called the Happy Hoes! Thanks for a great and informative site!

Nancy J. Ondra November 28, 2007, 8:39 pm

Jo Anne–I haven’t tried it myself, but I did run across a discussion of it here at GardenWeb. Mixed reviews, I’d say.

Greetings, Esther. Hope you and your garden buddies have fun hanging out together and visiting us too!

Cheryl Scharling November 29, 2007, 11:23 am

Just wandered in via the article in USA Sunday (I think it was). Anyway, always looking for great gardening sites!

I was so reluctant to give up on my veggie garden this fall that I brought a tomato plant inside (after checking it for bugs), replanted it deeply, and put it on a stool in my “sunporch.” I am amazed and please that I now have at least five tomatoes growing a tons of blossoms. I shake it every time I pass by to help pollinate — and I guess it’s working.

Also growing two flowerboxes of gourmet and bibb lettuce, one of rasihes, and a small pot of green onions, started from seed from one of this year’s onion plants that went to seed!

I AM going to enjoy fresh salad this winter!

Nancy J. Ondra November 29, 2007, 9:51 pm

Good for you, Cheryl. Isn’t it neat how a single radish or cherry tomato, which we might not even bother harvesting in summer, becomes such a treasure during the winter months? Happy harvesting!

Shirley G. Splaine November 30, 2007, 9:29 pm

Wow – am I glad I read the “Think Smart” page in the USA weekend mag. This is my first blog and I know I will enjoy hearing about other people’s gardens – especially now with snow in the offing – I can dream, can’t I? Daylilies are my passion. SGS

Nancy J. Ondra November 30, 2007, 9:52 pm

Welcome to the wonderful world of garden blogging, Shirley. While you’re waiting for winter to pass, check out the list of our favorite blogs on the left side of the page. By the time you work your way through them, you may decide to jump in and start your own blog to show off your daylilies!

Anne Sickinger December 1, 2007, 9:26 pm

Saw this in the Weekend Today and was hoping I might find some suggestions to help me with a problem I have. I am trying to put in a Patriot Red, White and Blue) in our arboretum and although one side of the path 200 ft long) is doing great, the other side is under large water oaks and I can get NOTHING to grow. Does anyone have a suggestion for some alternative to planting in the ground? How could we arrange containers for that length without it looking tacky. Hope this is not too long but I have never been in a blog before.

Thanks for joining us, Anne. I’ve included your request for ideas in the post A Few Reader Questions above, so you may want to check there to see if anyone has any suggestions for you.

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