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Pop Quiz: can you identify this flower?

Have we mentioned our love of native plants at Fall Creek Gardens?

Choosing plants that have evolved here in our region is beneficial for both our garden and for our local ecosystem.  Not only do they attract beneficial insects and pollinators to our garden crops, but they also require far less care and maintenance, and provide food and shelter for other wildlife who have very little habitat left in cities like ours.

With this in mind, we chose several different native fruit and nut trees for our orchard at Fall Creek Gardens, and one of our natives is blooming for the first time this spring.  Who knows what native fruit tree produces this beautiful little flower?

Here are some hints and fun facts:

  • George Washington ate this fruit, chilled, as a favorite dessert

 

  • The caterpillar of the zebra swallowtail butterfly (Protographium marcellus), uses this species exclusively for food.  The leaves, twigs, and bark contain a chemical that may make the bodies of the caterpillar poisonous to would-be predators.

 

  • This fruit has lots of nicknames, including the Indiana banana and the poor man’s banana

 

So!  Who wants to guess?  Anyone??

Build Better Gardening Soil: Mulching

Properly caring for your garden soil greatly reduces having to repeatedly till the soil. By consistently enriching your soil organically, you maintain open and loose soil structure for your vegetable garden. Keeping the soil covered provides more soil structure—if you can, keep your soil covered. One great way to cover your garden soil is to use mulch. […] Continue reading →

From the President’s Desk…

The growing season is soon approaching. The weather has given us a few surprises in the amount of snow, crazy unseasonable temperatures and surprise peeks into the Spring. We have endured these unexpected challenges and are looking forward to the time we can get into the dirt. Last year we installed new garden beds, the […] Continue reading →

Gardening Legacy

by Angela Herrmann – “… they shall not plant and another eat …” Isaiah 65:22 (New Revised Standard Version) How many times have we taken for granted that we can drop by the grocery store to pick up bread, milk, and eggs? Have we considered: Where the food originated: locally or thousands of miles away? How […] Continue reading →

Growing Roots, Tending Flowers

by Maggie Goeglein – The only “grandpa” I can remember is Grandpa Wilburt, my mother’s stepfather. Wilburt was a rather crusty old character–the most vivid impression I have of him is the smell of his Old Spice aftershave and the prickly brush of his whiskery cheek on mine when I would give him a hug at […] Continue reading →