gardening

Journey into gardening

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Diana Farran | Greenville Garden Club

When I was young, living in an apartment in a large city, and constantly busy, it never occurred to me that one day I would join a garden club, or even attempt gardening at all. Now that I have, I can’t imagine not having gardening and other gardeners in my life.

Enlist nature’s help for managing garden pests


Put away the harsh chemicals and work in concert with nature to manage pests in the garden. Create an inviting habitat for nature’s pest controllers to enlist their help with your gardening efforts.

Lady beetles, praying mantis and other beneficial insects feed on damaging pests like aphids. Just tolerate a bit of damage and wait for the good guys to move in and clean up the problem.

Tips for your vegetable garden


Sun is important for almost any vegetable garden. Pick a space that gets six to eight hours of direct sunlight a day. We suggest planting leafy greens such as lettuce, in shady areas. Beyond sun exposure, be sure that your garden has easy access to water. Also, due to the risk of erosion, do not plant it on a hill.

What is a grub worm and how to control them


Have you noticed little white grubs in your soil? White grub worms are a huge nuisance in many homeowner lawns found throughout the United States.

Belding DDA looks to change ‘Adopt-A-Spot’ garden program

The Belding Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is eying changes to a beautification program ahead of Memorial Day. 

The Adopt-A-Spot program began in August 2015 with 40 downtown flowerbeds.

Being environmentally conscious

‘We can’t keep going backwards, it is not working the way it is now’

Last year, Alec Dakin and his wife began to prepare the soil on their property to become more self-reliant. Their goals were and continue to be ambitious but he provides an update on what things have helped and continue to help them reach those goals.

Belding Gardeneers annual Garden Walk set for Saturday

Proceeds go toward a scholarship for a graduating senior and to help a family at Christmas

The Belding Gardeneers will to hosting their 16th annual Garden Walk from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 26. Tickets will be $8 and can be purchased at the Belding Blossom Shoppe or on the porch of the Belding Museum, located at 108 Hanover Street on the day of the walk. The Belding Museum porch will be full of container gardens and one of the featured stops.

Shade gardening

Greenville Garden Club: Come grow with us

There is something so tranquil and serene about shade gardens. Whether man-made or natural, shade is everywhere and all of us have some shaded areas, however, many of us aren’t sure what to do with it.

THE AMISH COOK: Zucchini season treat

I used to wonder how a person could ever go to work in the garden to unwind. Pulling weeds just wasn’t on my list of things I particularly enjoyed. I don’t know what happened, but I repeatedly found myself ambling toward the garden during the past week after supper and breathing deeply. I felt my entire being relaxing as weeds were being removed and tomatoes staked.

Greenville Garden Club: Come grow with us

During this time of coping with COVID, many people have started a new garden or expanded their present garden space and perfected their gardening skills.

What are the benefits of gardening? Personally, it’s exercise, fresh air to breathe after keeping windows closed all winter, and always a positive outlook for the future. An opportunity to see seeds sprout and grow, watch for the next flower to bloom, and adding a new plant you may have been wanting to try. God’s beautiful world…Nature.