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City Girl Gone Gardening: Misery Loves Company

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley For weeks now, I’ve been watching plants in my raised beds die a slow, painful death. Finally, this happened… and this… I looked on the internets for possible explanations for this ugliness, knowing full well the Biblical Rains this summer are to blame. My mom said she’s hearing from a lot of people that this has been one bad summer for gardens thanks to the deluges. What I found was that it could be what’s called blight, or fungus, bugs, drowning (you think?), any number of things. Armed with these photos on my phone, I visited…


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City Girl Gone Gardening: It’s Time

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens … a time to plant and a time to uproot … a time to weep and a time to laugh … a time to mourn and a time to dance… Ecclesiastes 3 (heavily edited) I have a confession to make. My little backyard garden isn’t my only garden. My nephew, A.J. and I embarked on a much bigger project last year on my parents’ farm in Southern Indiana.  We took Mom’s old 35 foot X 35 foot garden plot and planted…


City Girl Gone Gardening: Things are A-Growin’

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley Louisville, Ky., – In my last post, I showed my “artistic skills” by painting old city recycling bins (my niece, Joetta, guessed correctly and won the “grand prize” of my lasting admiration). I’ll admit I felt like a kid again with a paintbrush and my imagination. But I couldn’t wait for the paint to dry so I could transplant my herbs and seedlings. But, of course, as I always do, I ran into a problem. I didn’t have enough dirt. Sigh. I had already purchased two whopping bags of Metro Mix that would cover about 5 cubic…


City Girl Gone Gardening: It’s In The Ground

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley I’ve been trying to think of a catchy first sentence, but, really, the only thing I could come up with is, well, the garden is in. Mostly. In the few, short years that I’ve been using my backyard as a source for food, I’ve developed some traditions/habits/superstitions. There are a few things I never plant until the Kentucky Derby has run its course and any good Louisvillian knows that is the first Saturday in May. By the end of the following week, I usually have my tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, green beans and squash in the ground.  …


City Girl Gone Gardening: Poor Potato Plight

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley Louisville, Ky. – Despite this past weekend’s absolutely gorgeous weather, the recent deluges have left days of frustration in their wake for those of us who do like to get a jump start on their gardening. April rains can be a Godsend, or a vexation. Take my Poor Potatoes, as I am now calling them.   This is Planting Day on March 23rd, which is already a no-no according to my backdoor neighbor. My former country girl neighbor told me years ago to get potatoes in the ground before St. Patrick’s Day. It didn’t happen. The…


City Girl Gone Gardening

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley I was a goofy teenager the first time I had ever sunk my hands into the ground and pulled up something that I would later eat. Oddly, it was a lot of fun digging in the mud that rainy day with my mom as we peeked and prodded the roots to see if any potatoes had grown.  Both of us squealed every time we found a tuber. My parents had just bought property that year and my mom tapped into her childhood memories to plant those potatoes, and also corn, green beans, tomatoes, peppers and Lord…