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Indiana Blogs: Hoosier Gardener

Indiana Blogs: Hoosier Gardener

Hoosier Gardener is an Indiana blog to give you a little insight into your garden. No green thumb? No  problem. This blog is a treasure trove of all things gardening.

Gardening woes or gardening planning, you are sure to find something on this blog to make you want to get your hands in the dirt.

Indiana Blogs: Hoosier Gardener

Why did you start Hoosier Gardener?
I’ve been writing a weekly garden column called the Hoosier Gardener in the Indianapolis Star since 1989. I’ve been online with my own URL since May 2008. Before then, I posted regularly at another Website, which is now defunct.

What about that name? Why Hoosier Gardener?
I like being a Hoosier. Embracing the name as the moniker of the column let’s readers know the information is for them.

What are three of your most favorite posts?


What keeps you ready and raring to post? Why do you blog?
Most of the blogs are posts of weekly columns published simultaneously when they appear in The Indianapolis Star. I post more frequently when there is something going on in the garden that readers should know about, such as an insect invasion or disease infestation. I’m a gardener and I like writing about gardening. Paying attention to what is going on in my landscape helps me get the word out to my readers about potential problems.

I also try to participate in Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, where bloggers from throughout the world post on the 15th of the month what is going on in their landscape. Hoosier Carol Michel of the award-winning May Dreams Gardens is the host of Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, the longest running gardening meme on the Internet.

I also try to post on the 4th of every month for You Can Grow That!, another meme that encourages readers to try various plants.

What can people expect when they hop onto your blog?
Straight forward presentation of environmentally friendly gardening information, good search function, monthly checklist of what to do in the garden, monthly calendar of garden and nature related events (called HortusScope), timely gardening information.

I am a natural gardener, so you won’t find a lot of information about synthetic chemicals or products.

You describe your life as a “mosaic.” Care to explain?
My life is a mosaic because I have lots of jobs. I freelance for The Indianapolis Star, Angie’s List magazine, Indiana Gardening magazine and some clients. I do garden coaching and landscape consultations. I plant clients’ seasonal containers.

In spring I work in a large, independent garden center. I edit four gardening magazines and speak regularly throughout the country. I’m the co-author of the Indiana Gardener’s Guide and author of the Visitor’s Guide to American Gardens. The latter is a travel guide to more than 400 gardens in the United States and Canada.

Have you always been a gardener? How did you get into that?
I started gardening when we bought our first house in Broad Ripple. I grew up on Indianapolis’ southside in a family of greenhouse growers and florists, so I like to say it’s in my blood, just manifesting itself in a different way.

However, I do trial between 100 and 150 plants a year, which makes my landscape a living laboratory. I also have dogs, so my philosophy is people and pets before plants.

Is there anything else that you would like little Indiana readers to know about you or your blog?
I think this covers it. Feel free to ask any questions or get clarification, in needed.

How Does Your (Indiana) Garden Grow?

After a peek at this Indiana gardening blog…very well indeed. Thanks to Sue for sharing her world with us.

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