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Friday, September 17, 2021

Writing for the Cameron Chronicle

 Hello Friends,

One of the new adventures I have taken on is writing an article for our Village of Cameron newspaper, Cameron Chronicle.. "The Little Paper With Personality."

I started to write garden tips for the Cameron Chronicle in June.  

My first article.

Butterfly Garden Essentials and The Story of the Black Swallowtail

The month of July's article was all about, when gardening is not all roses. Our area was in the middle of a drought. I shared tips and tricks on watering and tackling unwanted visitors to the garden.

The month of August I shared about enjoying the bounty of the harvest.

The month of September I shared how to keep the garden going into autumn.


Late Summer in the Garden

By Carla TePaske of Cameron WI ~ The Little Garden That Could

Late summer is here. We can see the change in the daylight hours, cooler evenings and the hint of autumn color. Now is the time to start to collect seed pods. If you have never done this before start with something easy like poppy, marigold or zinnia. Collect the seed once the flower has began to fade at the close of the season. Be sure to dry the seed head, once dry, spit the seed head and harvest the seeds. Envelops work well to store your seeds. Be sure to remember to label your envelope.

Keep up with weeds. Although weeds will be growing more slowly than in spring, it is good to keep up with them for a good start into next spring.

Now is the time to look at your garden borders and note any gaps or congestion that you will want to rectify.

If you have not already, start a garden journal. I have been keeping a garden journal for years. It is so helpful to look back year to year at my notes of what worked, what did not work, what mistakes did I make and how did I learn from them. Write down your goals for the 2022 garden season. Do you have a new plant variety you want to grow? Change your borders? Design a new garden.

If you have not already, now is the time to order and purchase spring flowering bulbs. We will be discussing preparing the garden for bed and thinking spring in the next edition of the Cameron Chronicle. Until then enjoy all the beauty late summer has to offer.

I just submitted my article for the October issue. 

Putting the Garden to Bed


Planting for Spring 

 I will share my past and future articles here on the blog. If you have any ideas for me to write about for "The Little Paper With Personality." do share with me.



  1. Love it!

    You are writing about what you know, and will be honing your writing skills and helping people. -smile-

    Save seeds! Yes we should! -smile-


  2. Yay! Good for you, Carla. Great articles and what a fun outlet for your creativity. It won't be long before you are writing about Wisconsin snow gardening! xo Diana

  3. This is so awesome Carla. Congrats on writing your section of the chronicle. I am sure everyone in town loves to read your garden tips. Happy Friday. Have a great weekend. xoxo Kris

  4. Oh Carla, how wonderful! What a great opportunity you have taken on. And very needed, too, since Cooperative Extension programs have been cut to the bone and tips are sadly lacking now. I love the ideas you have written about already. For December, maybe you could write about growing Hellebores (the Christmas Rose), or taking care of Christmas gift plants received. For January, maybe how to force bulbs. For February, preparing to order for spring? I am sure you have better ideas than these. I used to write for Cooperative Extension when I worked at the University of Arizona, long long ago.

  5. Way to go Carla. That is awesome!!! You started small and you kept focused and are getting there one step at a time. I'm looking forward to your next edition.
    Enjoy the weekend.

  6. Wow, you are locally famous! You are such a good writer!

  7. How wonderful. I'm so happy for you and your doing a great job!

  8. Good for you, Carla! I'm sure your readers are pleased to read about your thoughts and expertise with gardening. :)

  9. I love this so much. What a wonderful community newspaper, and how wonderful that you get to inspire others and share your passion!

  10. This is great, well done :)

    All the best Jan

  11. Oh, I love this! There's nothing like a community newspaper and being a contributor is awesome. I bet a lot of people are learning from you each month!

  12. What an honor to write for your local newspaper! Great job! Janice

  13. What a wonderful way to share your talents and knowledge.

  14. Carla, I had to come back far enough to find out about what you're doing. This is really exciting but I'm sure it's a big commitment of time so congratulations on doing it!


High Fives from Wisconsin!