Jennifer Oldridge

Morel of the story
Scientific study produces tastiest mushrooms
March 20, 2008
As Bob Bruce says: “You are either a fungophile or you are not.” Bruce would know. He has been cultivating mushrooms at Wakarusa Valley Farm for the past three years. Growing mushrooms is not an easy task.
Ground covers good alternative to lawn
March 13, 2008
The more I write about gardening and learn about our environment, the more I am converting my lawn from grass to beds of perennials or annual flower beds, patios and ground covers.
Urban space
Avid gardeners rethink greenery in loft living
March 6, 2008
As our city has grown, the ripple effect of housing has certainly transformed the outskirts of Lawrence from soy fields to bustling neighborhoods. But as we grow out, we are also beginning to grow up.
The right tools
Hot sellers make gardening easy and fun
February 28, 2008
It’s coming - I can feel it. We can rejoice at spring’s arrival. It’s finally time to rummage about in the garden shed and garage and ready our tools, take inventory and assess what might make this year’s gardening even more glorious.
Nothing to sneeze at
Herbal remedies help alleviate troublesome allergies
February 28, 2008
Can you feel it coming? There’s that tickle in your nose, tears running from your eyes, a perpetual crimson hue that takes up residence in those baby blues and the episodes of sneezing attacks where you cannot put a sentence together.
Up close & personal
Garden centers in city limits deliver top products, service
February 21, 2008
Last year, I wrote a piece that explored the various nurseries on the outskirts of Lawrence. This year, I thought we should give the nurseries inside the city limits their fair share of press by explaining what to expect at each nursery, what they specialize in and how to best fulfill your gardening needs without having to run all over town to get the job done right.
Decode that Valentine bouquet
February 14, 2008
I cannot help but chuckle on Valentine’s Day. There are so many mixed sentiments intertwined with this particular holiday. Does he love me? Are we meant to be? Is this relationship doomed? Our poor little flower friends certainly have a lot to live up to. They can either dash someone’s hopes or solidify their dreams.
Peat moss poor choice for eco-conscious
February 7, 2008
A bit ago, I received an interesting article about how peat moss is actually suspect for gardeners to use liberally or even sparingly in their gardens. How can that be? Peat moss has been layered onto garden soil since our great-grandparents began toiling away in their vegetable plots and flower beds. Why in the world would the use of peat moss suddenly be an issue for gardeners worldwide?
The wild side
Backyard critters rarely pose danger to humans
January 31, 2008
When my parents moved to West Lawrence near a golf course, they spent their first week adjusting to the hustle and bustle of tee times and errant white balls flinging their way. In the midst of that, their little domesticated cat, Pablo, mysteriously disappeared.
While the garden is dormant, start planning for spring by the book
January 24, 2008
What better way to daydream through these late winter months than with a good book? And what better topic to whittle away a sunny, brisk Sunday than a book about gardening? Let’s discover some of the most provocative reading material for gardeners to get inspired and mentally transport ourselves into a floral fantasy for the time being.
Bird land
Avian diversity high, but room for improvement still remains
January 17, 2008
Kansas ranks third in the nation for avian species diversity, according to the Audubon Society. Kansas ornithologists have counted at least 225 different bird species in the Sunflower State. But it is not all wine and roses. While some birds, such as the robin and crow, are thriving in more urban settings, others require substantial territories of natural habitats to survive.
Nature’s partners
Volunteers creating chemical-free habitat at Prairie Park site
January 10, 2008
Prairie Park Nature Center is a fantastic Lawrence asset. People who visit the center have personal interaction with wild animals; they learn about the species as well as what brought that animal to the center. But community members want to add another layer of awareness for those who come to visit: They plan to create a new, chemical-free habitat in front of Prairie Park Nature Center and educate homeowners on how and why it is so critical to curb the use of chemicals on our own property.
Turning a new leaf
Use dormant season to grow unusual plants
January 3, 2008
With all of the variety in the world, we are a species that still gravitates to what we know best: the familiar. Well, maybe we should shake off the bowlines this winter and dive headfirst into the odd and peculiar by growing some plants that are way off the beaten path.
Rocks can add harmony to garden
December 27, 2007
Oftentimes when we start a landscaping project, one of our first inclinations is to rid the earth of all the rock that impedes our way to fertile flower beds and plentiful patios. But in doing so, avid gardeners miss an opportunity to build a gorgeous textural landscape in the dormant days of winter.
Sustainable style
Gardening, fashion meet in chic collision
December 20, 2007
Whether you hear it being called eco couture, eco fashion, agricouture, ground-up fashion or just plain earth-friendly clothing, the hot trend is threads that tread lightly. They might be recycled, grown from organic plants or even materials you’d never dreamed would be comfortable clothing alternatives, but the world of fashion and the world of the gardener are joining hands to prove that sustainability is more than just smart. It also is chic.