HERB PROFILE OF THE MONTH CULTIVATION | CULINARY | HERBALISM Rosemary is one of those fabulous herbs that is pungently fragrant and has a multitude of uses. It’s also very pretty to look at with tiny, thin leaves on sturdy woody stems, which makes some varieties great for shaping into tiny topiaries. Other varieties tend… Read More
Don’t you just love a good farmer’s market? I’m lucky to have several near me and each one is a little different. One of my favorite farmer’s markets has an expansive selection of cut flowers. During my last visit I found these beautiful, white hydrangea blooms. I was sold right away and took a bundle… Read More
In the comments of a recent post, one of my readers mentioned the mint that was exploding out of her garden. It reminded me of this post and what fun it was!
On a recent trip to my local nursery I found these unique varieties of mint! I planted them in a terra cotta bowl and labeled them with copper plant markers, to keep track of the different varieties. As I was planting and rustling the leaves of the mint, it smelled wonderful in the air and… Read More
Ideally your compost pile will heat up enough during the decomposition process to kill most of the unwanted bugs and weed seeds that get into it. Sometimes this isn’t the case and you need a little extra help. You have a couple of options, some are more harsh than others and you want to balance… Read More
Materials Needed: bleach or hydrogen peroxide, scrub brush, rubber gloves I have always loved the look of mold and calcium buildup on my terra cotta pots. Unfortunately that wonderful patina can mean unsanitary growing conditions for your potted plants. Give your plants their best chance for growth by sterilizing your clay and terra cotta pots before… Read More
Terrarium – a partially or wholly enclosed container, usually glass, used for growing and/or displaying plants. I have always been intrigued by terrariums. They are a whole tiny world under glass, containing miniature displays, and nooks and crannies of entire eco-systems. The man credited with discovering terrariums, Nathaniel Ward, accidentally created a terrarium during an… Read More
Organic Pesticide Profile: Neem Oil (click here to download this profile from my personal Gardening Guide) This is one of my favorite organic pest controls. I learned about it several years ago and I’ve used it ever since, with great successes. I hope you find it useful too! Neem oil is extracted from the seeds… Read More