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  • National Invasive Species Awareness February 27, 2015
    It is National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2015.  Somehow the memo that came to my neck of the woods didn’t highlight the “AWARENESS” keyword in the promotional name.  As a result, it seems the invasive species around here thought it was an invitation to move in and celebrate…like Mardi Gras.  HARUMMPH!!!! Early in the week […] We love hearing from you! […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Invasives and Nuance February 26, 2015
    Invasives and Nuance I’ve had a long and complicated relationship with Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum), and we finally broke up for good this year. The opening photo shows C. perfoliatum’s cousin, Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum). It’s Invasive Species Awareness Week, so I thought maybe it’s a good time to be open about my experience of […] We love heari […]
    Jesse Elwert
  • Where Do Spiders Go in Winter February 25, 2015
    Do spiders hibernate in winter? Do spiders come inside your house in winter? Where do spiders go in winter? These are questions I’m frequently asked by our readers and also from audiences at conferences and workshops as I travel to speak about Ecosystem Gardening around the country. So lets take a look at how spiders […] We love hearing from you! Please clic […]
    Carole Sevilla Brown
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers February 24, 2015
    Beautiful patterns, holes in tree bark, looking like a sort of Morse Code, is not the work of Martians leaving us a message, or wood boring insects. These holes are the work of a brightly colored, medium sized woodpecker, the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Sphyrapicus varius. The photo, above, is a cluster of holes (called sapwells) that I discovered less […] We […]
    Brenda Clements Jones
  • Dreaming of Spring February 23, 2015
      I think it’s safe to say that those of us who do not live in Florida are sick and tired of shoveling snow this winter. I for one am dreaming of Spring in a big way! So I was looking through some of my photos from years gone by and thought I would share […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let us know what you […]
    Judy Burris
  • Monarchs for President’s Day February 22, 2015
    The long President’s Day weekend, 2015 found me camping at a favorite spot in Southern California’s Santa Monica Mountains, Leo Carrillo State Beach. This campground at the far north end of Malibu includes its own private beach, a pristine cove on the Pacific Ocean.  To the east of CA’s Route 1 (known also as the […] We love hearing from you! Please click he […]
    Kathy Vilim
  • Bluebirds Staking Claim February 20, 2015
    It’s a brisk day here in Central Florida with record lows hovering around the freezing mark.  The birds are in full flurry, tanking up on the various berries and fruits that are available for winter dining in my native plant garden. I was pleased to see the Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) are back house hunting […] We love hearing from you! Please click he […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Gardening for the Birds in the Desert February 17, 2015
    What do desert birds need? Same as every living thing on earth needs, food, water and a place to live. So after you put in a bird bath for the drinking water what can you do to attract birds to the garden? Bird feeders are one easy answer, but you often see a number of […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let us […]
    Jacqueline Soule
  • In the Garden, the Eagle has Landed February 13, 2015
    As I looked up to the sky, the vultures were flying overhead in full force.  I suspect the remains of some dropped prey may have been in the 3-acre lot across the street.  Vultures in my neighborhood are a routine affair. I live within a mile (as the crow flies) of a wildlife management area […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beau […]
    Loret T. Setters

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In the Garden, Out of the Oven

We’ve been blessed with a mild, although dry, Autumn this year. Today was no exception with bright sunshine and nary a cloud to be seen. I checked the bulbs I (finally) planted to make sure the squirrels haven’t found them and picked a few China Rose radishes from the vegetable garden. The mild weather has kept the garden producing, ironically lack of rain has slowed it down. I’ve ordered row covers for next spring, but if they arrive before the ground freezes I may use them now for the fennel, beets, kale, radishes and cabbage lettuce. A few of the indoor Asian greens may be transplanted “under cover”, also. They’re very frost tolerant making them ideal candidates.

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For those (like me) that prefer a little spice with some sweet, here’s a recipe for snappy Ginger Crinkles. I baked a batch this afternoon when craving something ginger-y. For a sugar-restricted diet replace the sugar with one tablespoon powdered stevia and omit rolling the cookies in sugar; so yummy!

Ginger Crinkles:

  • 1c. white sugar or 1 Tbsp. powdered stevia
  • 3/4 c. butter or margarine
  • 1/4 c. dark molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp. dried powdered ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Mix sugar (or stevia), butter, molasses and egg until well combined. Stir in flour, soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Roll cookies into 1″ balls and roll in sugar to coat. Bake in a 375 degree oven about 7 minutes for a soft cookie, 10 minutes for a crispier cookie. Remove from cookie sheet immediately and cool.

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Last but not least, I planted a few flower seeds for the indoor garden. Dwarf zinnias, French marigolds, Pansies and Alyssum. I may dig out a few more from the stash, but right now I have more seedlings to pot up. The eggplant and peppers are ready… five of each…that’s 100% germination! I love heirloom seeds…dependable, delicious and beautiful. Tomorrow I’ll share my all-time favorites and some new-to-my garden varieties I’m trying next year.

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