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We're Digging It

  • June plant swap is Saturday
    “June Plant Swap” is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Reservations are required by Thursday; 427-6000 or go to www.
  • Workshops focus on preserving produce
    FORT WAYNE – The Purdue Extension Service in Allen County is offering Preserving Nature’s Bounty workshops on safe home food preservation procedures and to answer frequently asked questions on canning, freezing
  • Master Gardener helpline available
    A free Master Gardener Volunteers Helpline is available through The Ohio State University Extension Office in Paulding, Ohio.

The Dirt is back

The Dirt gardening column returns today in the Home section of The Journal Gazette.

Thanks to all of you who were asking for it. Today's column is about lemon balm, which looks like a girl in a frilly skirt but acts like a thug. If you want to check it out, click on this link.

I hope you'll share a favorite garden photo or two over the summer. Most will appear on We're Digging It, but some have been known to end up as the basis of a column in The Dirt.

If you do want to send in a photo, it can be emailed to Because this address gets all kinds of messages, please put The Dirt in the subject line.

Photos can be sent in the JPEG or bitmat format as attachments. Please don't send a lot of photos at once, because it can overwhelm our system.

Please give your name, what community you call home and where you took the photo, if it is a different place. If your child, other family member or pet is in the photo, we'll need the name.

I love before and after photos, if anyone is of a mind to offer both.

Happy gardening,

-- Anne

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)