I don't know how the rest of you MidWest gardener-types spend your dreary brown winters, but beyond my feverish browsing through the plant and seed catalogues that now appear in my mail box every day, I spend the early Winter catching up on chores and planning for next year's gardening. And enjoying my Christmas presents.
Do you keep Martins? I've become convinced that beyond entertaining me with their acrobatic antics as I mow, my Martins really do cut down on insect problems in my garden. Since I don't spray insecticides anymore, the area is safe for their families; ideal really with their house perched fair above the prairie grasses. And maybe, just maybe, when the Japanese Beetles make it this far west, a family or two of Martins will create a Japanese Beetle non-copulation zone around my rose garden.