April 15, 2020
Want to add a bit of zing to your landscape or garden? Ornamental grasses can play a dramatic role providing rich texture, vibrant color, graceful movement, and soothing sounds. We discussed the diverse varieties of ornamental grasses, growing requirements, and how to prune and divide.
- Gardening Know How Find your County Extension Office
- Ornamental Grasses Resources from GardenMaking
- Guide to Common Native Grasses from PerennialResource
- Better Homes & Garden Plant Encyclopedia
- Cool vs Warm Season Ornamental Grasses from Plant Addicts
- Wind Dancer Garden Landscape Ideas for Ornamental Grasses
- Better Homes & Garden Dividing Perennials
March 18, 2020
There are so many types, shapes and sizes of planters. The choices seem endless! This month we shared ideas on how to design a creative space and pick a beautiful planter that fits your plant.
February 19, 2020
Our guests this month included Master Gardeners from our very own Hadley Growers who shared why they volunteer to advise and educate the public.
- What is a Master Gardener: Learn About Master Garden Training
- County Extension Offices from Gardening Know How
- Sue Brasel: A Thyme to Plant from The Blind Perspective
January 15, 2020
Looking for creative ideas for landscaping? This month the group discusses some basic design principles to help you create a beautiful yard or garden. The group shared their best landscaping tips and tricks.
- Plant Encyclopedia from Better Homes & Gardens is a great way to find out which plants can withstand the temperatur in your hardiness zone.
- Online Plant Guide
- Be My Eyes Smartphone App (iOS and Android) is a free app that connects people with visual impairments with sighted volunteers through a live video call.
- Aira Smartphone App (iOS and Android) connects people with visual impairments to live agents to assist with daily needs, providing access to visual information.
December 5, 2019
Plants get thirsty! How do you know how much water to give your plants when you cannot see? From various watering systems to easy draining solutions, we discussed all the ways to get your plants just the right amount of water every time.
- The Blind Perspective Monthly Email Newsletter. Articles from Master Gardener Sue who attends Hadley Growers!
- Gardening and Indoor Plants from Vision Loss and Personal Recovery Blog
- Square Foot Gardening Foundation
- Environmental Working Group: Tap Water Database
- Square Foot Gardening: A New Way to Garden in Less Space with Less Work by Mel Bartholomew
- All New Square Foot Gardening II: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More in Less Space by Mel Bartholomew
Tools and Gadgets:
- Soil Sleuth
- 144 Ounce Deep Sea Watering Can from Home Depot
- Milwaukee 2-Wheel Mobile Hose Reel from Home Depot
- Automatic Plant Self-Watering Devices from Amazon
Smart Technology and Apps:
November 7, 2019
This month we were joined by a special guest, Master Gardening candidate Lisa Haynes, who shared low vision tips on gardening safety, organization, weeding and seeding, and more.
- Gardening and Yard Work Tips from VisionAware
- Kevlar gloves are available at Home Depot and Walmart
- Home Depot also offers a "Glove Buying Guide" for home and yard work
- WayAround is a tag-and-scan app available for iPhones and Android phones.
- Our presenter, Lisa, shares her notes from the discussion: "Gardening for Individuals with Low or No Vision" (Word document)
October 3, 2019
Fall is upon us and before we know it, winter will be too. So this month we talked about the best ways to preserve and store our abundance of produce. We also shared our favorite low vision gardening tips.
September 5, 2019
The beauty of gardening is that it can allow us to explore nature through all of our senses. Sensory gardens can provide a tactile and therapeutic environment for anyone regardless of age and ability. This month we explored plants that are fun to touch, smell and taste.
May 2, 2019
A cutting garden is a great way to have your own private source of bouquets to brighten the indoors. Danette Johnson, Hadley Practice Leader and professional flower farmer, hosted this month's discussion where we discussed growing and maintaining a cutting garden.
For Dwarf Zinnias: Jung Seed Co.
April 4, 2019
In this discussion we talked about tips for indoor gardening. We shared our favorite houseplant and how to keep them surviving and thriving inside.
Tip from Ted, for anyone wishing to drive steel posts for garden vine supports:
Use a 4.5 foot length of heavy 2.5 inch steel pipe and put a heavy bolt at one end. Just slide the pipe over Stand up the post and slam the pipe down until you get the required depth. Safe and fast. Just be careful lifting the pipe off when done.
March 7, 2019
Whether you're a veteran gardener or just starting out, looking forward to growing season is always exciting. In this discussion, we talked about planning and plotting this year's garden.
Larry Meiller's Garden Talk on Wisconsin Public Radio
The Ruth Stout System
- How to Have a Green Thumb Without an Aching Back (DB 53896) and other books by Ruth
February 7, 2019
In this discussion we heard from veteran growers on their tips and tricks for beginner gardeners
Check out these resources from fellow gardeners:
Content shared during discussions is for general information purposes only. We encourage you to thoroughly consider if any resource or suggestion is a good fit for you. The inclusion of links does not imply a recommendation or endorsement. The opinions expressed by the participants are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Hadley.