You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

We're Digging It

  • Gene Stratton-Porter site sets Wildflower Walk & Brunch
    "The hillsides are covered in Large-Flowered Trillium, Jack-in-the Pulpits, Dutchman’s Breeches, Squirrel Corn, Dogtooth Violets and many, many others,"
  • April snow
    What a cruel trick the weather played on all the daffodils and hummingbirds that have now been spotted in Indiana.
  • Getting a head start
    Last Sunday was a beautiful day to work in the garden. I triple hoed my vegetable garden and buried a soak hose in preparation for the upcoming season.
Cathie Rowand/The Journal Gazette
Heirloom Trionfo Violetto garden beans with mottled leaves and deep purple pods are coming up fast.

The winner is...

I can't get over how fast beans germinate. Plants were bursting out of the dirt in four days and grew an inch a day. I decided to plant them outside even though it is getting cold again. I was afraid the plants would take over my living room, where I am growing plants for this year's vegetable garden.

I will probably cover them up at night to protect them from frost. The heat from the foundation of my porch, where I planted them, should also help.

Other fast-germinating plants in this year's collection were Swiss Chard, lettuce, Early Girls and morning glories. The morning glories will be the next plants to be kicked out of the house.

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