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Greetings from the Trusty Garden!

Blooming Now . . . (April 15, 2012)

Due to an unseasonably warm month of March, we are about two to three weeks ahead of schedule. There is lots going on in the garden! I'll just show you a few of the showiest or more unusual spring blooms, or those that I didn't show last April. Oh, that's right - those plants finished blooming weeks ago!

The bearded iris, above, is a "passalong plant" given to me years ago by a friend. It is right along my patio, and I think of my friend every spring when it blooms. . .

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This is a combination website and blog where I can share with you everything that I find interesting and informative about gardening in the greater Cincinnati area and Midwest USDA zones 5 and 6.

I am a horticulturist, teacher, garden writer, and plant lover. I believe in sharing research-based information about gardening.I have three broad areas of interest:

Sustainable Gardening: How can we garden in the most eco-friendly way, with minimal inputs such as water and chemicals? There are many techniques that can improve the health of the garden while minimizing any negative impact on the environment.

Anything Edible: If you can eat it, I want to grow it. Everything from fruits and vegetables to herbs and edible flowers.

Frugal Gardening: How can I get the most from my garden with the least outlay of cash? Everything from composting to recycling to starting from seed and propagating plants. Hey, many of these ideas are sustainable, too!

I'm excited about these things, and hope to get you excited, too.

Thank you for joining me here, and Happy Gardening!

Sue Trusty, the Trusty Gardener email Sue