A plant’s ability to grow, increase and sustain itself became of secondary
and almost minimal interest.
As I said in my last post, it’s a natural part of my summer garden routine to rip up clumps of comfrey and absent-mindedly toss it into the compost pile… [...]
A weed is but an unloved flower.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Comfrey: invasive perennial or super-garden plant? Maybe a bit of both… though I definitely lean towards the latter. Comfrey is a perennial herb (or to some a “useful weed”) and a member of [...]
“There’s fennel for you, and columbines;
there’s rue for you;and here’s some for me;
we may call it herb of grace o’Sundays.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Many of the most commonly grown garden herbs thrive in bright sun and very warm soil. Herbs like tarragon and [...]
“Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation
and a pinch of creativity.”
It’s not quite January and already several friends and neighbors have asked me what I’ll be planting in the garden. The question comes up every winter and is inevitably followed by “What should I plant?” I don’t mind offering a plant selection for [...]
Another busy weekend in the indoor garden. A Saturday check of the plants revealed herb roots peeking out of the sage and basil pots, lavender sprouting (The envelope said 21 days for germination, it’s been one week.), and FRAGRANCE! The scent of Thai basil was lingering in the air as I entered and, for a [...]
“Before the seed there comes the thought of bloom.”
With 2010 seed selections becoming available it’s not too soon to begin planning the summer garden. If you’re considering planting a garden for the first time (or know someone who is and need gift ideas), this list of easy-to grow vegetables will [...]
“Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace.”
To all veterans, today and everyday, a very sincere thank you.
It’s another beautiful day here in Rochester, I spent it gardening indoors and out. Another trip to the herb garden brought sage and [...]
Yesterday’s post was about growing the herb stevia whose intensely sweet leaves are used as a natural sugar substitute. It’s non-caloric and has zero carbohydrates making it ideal for people on restricted diets such as diabetics. Today I thought I’d pass along a few tips for using it and a couple of recipes, too.
I have four stevia seedlings growing in a pot on the windowsill. With cold weather looming it’s time to transplant and move them to a warmer spot. The indoor garden is perfect!
Stevia Rebaudiana is an herb. The extra-sweet leaves are used as a natural sugar substitute. It’s native to South America, but I’ve grown it [...]
What a joy to wake up with SUN this morning! Pitch black mornings make it hard to get out of bed. There was a definite chill in the air, 32 degrees and frost to be exact. My day started with a chuckle, courtesy of local channel 10 weatherman Rich Caniglia as he described catching a [...]