by Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz –
This morning, I woke to find the world sparkling in a fresh coat of dew. I quickly filled my mug with coffee, grabbed a bucket, and headed down the driveway to check on the persimmons. The tall, dry grass was burnished yellow-gold in the morning light and fragile wisps of glowing spider’s silk drifted on a breath of air. I cut through the meadow, following the long, narrow deer trail that leads past the ancient oak tree whose massive branches nearly swallow the morning sky. My jeans were quickly drenched to the knee.
by Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz -
Winter is a fact of life and as now that fall is here, our top priority should be to prepare our perennial plants to endure whatever winter throws their way. In the plant kingdom, dormancy is not a type of death; rather, it is a reduced pace of living. Even in the coldest climates, perennials continue to respirate, grow roots, and utilize stored food to keep them alive and strengthen them for the growing season to come. Which is why it is so important to give them a little extra protection and care before winter’s chill takes over.
Posted in Features, Garden Gate
Tagged bring plants indoors, fall garden, gardening, jill henderson, mulch, ozarks, protect plants, show me oz, the healing power of kitchen herbs, winterize
by Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz -
Karst is crucial to the biodiversity of the Ozark region. At some point in its travel from heaven to sea, nearly three-quarters of the water in our rivers, streams, springs, aquifers, and wells have been filtered through this fractured limestone. This massive system of water movement and erosion is what makes karst one of the most bountiful and fragile geologic formations in the world. And while it’s beau Some of the water that falls or runs across our hills will become forever locked below the surface in aquifers, but a larger portion of it reemerges somewhere on the surface, usually in the form of a spring or a seep, or a wet weather stream.
Posted in Features, Nature Notes
Tagged A Journey of Seasons, jill henderson, karst, Karst in the Ozarks, nature, ozarks, seeps, show me oz, sinkhole, spring
by Paul Landkamer -
Guest Blogger – Show Me Oz
Several years back, a distinguished-looking lady came into our library with some questions. Her formal, quiet school-teacherish (which she was) manner seemed in stark contrast to her request for information on fried grasshoppers and sources of supply. When she made her request, I remembered buying chocolate-covered ants, bees, grasshoppers and caterpillars back in the early ’70s when our Golden Valley, MN Byerly’s carried ‘em. Byerly’s doesn’t carry them anymore. The teacher’s request didn’t shock me like it did some. It turned out the teacher was going to serve fried grasshoppers to some of the more daring teachers for a back-to-school function or something like that –quite possibly in remembrance of the big Warrensburg grasshopper feast from my earlier post. Several librarians and I jumped on the project.
by Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz
Although the meadow below my house is still lush and green, I can see fall working its way into our lives. I see it in the falling golden leaves of the black walnut trees and in the burning-red leaves of sassafras and sumac. And even though the meadow is most definitely green, it is also suddenly dotted with the purple and gold blossoms of asters and early goldenrod – plants we sometimes love to hate.
By Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz –
It’s hard to believe summer is almost over, but I can tell by the ragged look of the garden that fall is on it’s way. Even so, there’s plenty of gardening left to do before winter’s chill sets in. Among my favorite fall chores is propagating perennial herbs and flowers using techniques like stem cuttings, layering, and division to generate tons of new baby plants the cheap and easy way.