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Ilona Erwin

Using Autumn Flowers in Containers

Fall for Creative Containers Bring beautiful container creations to the end of the season, don't give up after summer! Autumn blooming flowers are sturdy enough to take some cold temperatures, and they can last longer in the season than you might expect. Don't leave...

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Germination, What Is It?

Every seed packet gives information on germination times, but what is germination and what are its secrets? From a simple definition to methods of germination, let's take a quick look at this important part of a plants life. Define Germination From Websters: to cause...

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Cool Weather Vegetable Plantings

Plant These Vegetables in the Cool Season Some of our favorite vegetables only grow well with cool temperatures. As soon as the weather heats up, they get bitter, go to seed, or melt out. Find out how to grow "salad days" crops. If you think about your favorite salad,...

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Heirloom Tomatoes To Treat Your Tastebuds

First of all, what are "heirloom tomatoes"? Why are they a treat to your tastebuds? Without the long version of history, heirloom vegetables are varieties that stood the test of time, often handed down in families of farmers and gardeners. They might have been...

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Perennial Plants for Ohio

One of my gardens in Central Ohio A wide range of perennials grow well in Ohio due to its good soils and plentiful rainfall. Perennials for Ohio are chosen for their adaptation to the conditions of this state, rather than what might grow if coddled or given special...

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Weeping Cedar and Other Interesting Conifers

Have you ever considered planting a weeping tree? How about a weeping conifer like the Xanthocyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula', better known as Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’ or the Weeping Cedar. When branches gracefully droop, they bring a groundedness...

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Garden Design

Plan to embrace the broader view

 

Timely Tasks

 

 

Garden chores for this month. Timely gardening tips.

 

Indoor Bulbs

Time to buy bulbs for winter delights.

 

Tool Time

Advice on the best tools for home gardening

 

Ilona's Garden Journal

Major Blog Move

In 2015 I moved my blog, Ilona’s Garden Journal to a new place, with a new domain. Visit and see what’s new ( hint: chickens!)

New Plants

Grow Plants

Learn how to propagate plants.

GROW ORGANICALLY

Garden skills

Working with nature, caring for the environment, and improving your soil are all important concepts to me, and I hope to share them with you. A Pile Of Info On Composting | The Good Bugs

gardening how-to

Gardening 101

Garden skills clearly explained, friendly advice given, and general how-to for your home garden landscape.

vegetable patch

Grow Food

Make a simple vegetable patch or create a French potager, everything from chores to design ideas to make it productive and pretty.

ornamental flowers

Ornamental Gardening

For those who love a flower garden, plant profiles, garden design principles, planning  ideas …loads of articles for creating your landscape.

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Every seed packet gives information on germination times, but what is germination and what are its secrets? From a simple definition to methods of...

Cool Weather Vegetable Plantings

Cool Weather Vegetable Plantings

Plant These Vegetables in the Cool Season Some of our favorite vegetables only grow well with cool temperatures. As soon as the weather heats up,...

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Ilona Erwin

I started working on this website beginning in 1998, when it was part of Ilona's Reflecting Pool. Since then I've branched out into a number of online endeavors and work at writing lots of content for my sites. "Ilona's Garden" remains my primary site and is dedicated to home gardener's success.