Category Archives: Gardening

Spring is finally here so it’s time to start thinking about planting. The thought of having a bed of lettuce outside my back door is so exciting! I was so blessed to grow up on my family’s farm and I constantly go to my Dad, the farmer, for advice on lots of things but especially gardening. Lettuce is one of the first things you can plant in early spring. For the longest growing season, aim to plant it about 1 … continued…

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Gardening Jenny Kramer, RD

Hellebores, also known as Lenten Roses, are the perfect perk up for your late winter garden. I know this because a few years ago a friend introduced me to some property he owned that was covered in Hellebores. He gave my husband and me free access to dig as many plants as we wanted. They were beautiful and I just had to have some. So, we did dig, but initially didn’t know much about these fabulous perennials. Once we had … continued…

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Gardening Pam Freeman

It’s early October — a time of year I both love and hate. I love all the fall and Halloween decorations. I love the changing leaves and the serenity that autumn breezes bring. But, I hate losing my annual herbs. I’ve worked all season on my herbs and now there’s no putting off the killing frosts. So, before the frosts fell your garden, think about what you’d like to keep. I know you’re saying I don’t have room to move … continued…

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Gardening Pam Freeman

I talked about honey before as a super-food but it is such an amazing food I decided it deserved it’s own post! Honey can be used in food, soaps, skin care products, and even cough suppressants. Did you know there are over 300 different varieties of honey in the United States? The color and flavor of honey is based on the source of the nectar – clover, orange blossom, wild flowers, and buckwheat to name a few.   Raw or … continued…

Gardening Jenny Kramer, RD Natural Farming

I love the end of summer when there are almost too many tomatoes in the market and in my garden or my friends’ gardens. Too much basil to use. Too many squashes to make into zucchini bread. It’s great to enjoy it immediately, of course, but I like to put a little bit of effort into prepping some of these foods for use later in the year. Here are 5 great money-saving things to do with fresh vegetables and herbs … continued…

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Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways DIY Gardening Tips, Tools & Techniques

Each summer, my kids and their friends, love to watch the butterflies flit around my gardens. And inevitably I get the question, “Is that a butterfly or a moth?” So if you’re ever the recipient of this question, or you’ve wondered yourself, I thought I’d pass along a few simple clues to help you narrow down the identity of your winged visitors. The first identifier is pretty easy; butterflies fly during the day and moths fly during the night. However … continued…

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Contests & Giveaways Gardening Pam Freeman

Herbs are a great addition to your garden and don’t take up much space. I love to plant them in my garden and in pots to keep near the back door. That way I have enough for preserving but they are also close by to snip into a salad. Some of my favorites include basil (thai, sweet, and lemon varieties), parsley, cilantro, rosemary, and mint. Over time I have found that those seem to be the ones that I use … continued…

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Contests & Giveaways Foodie Gift Ideas Gardening Jenny Kramer, RD

This time of year, the only thing most of us can think about is how to beat the heat. And while we can hang out at the pool or relax in the air conditioning, the wildlife that we attract to our gardens can’t. The butterflies, bees and birds that we work so hard to host can be left high and dry if we don’t provide them with some water. It’s funny, because this is often the most overlooked part of … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Gardening Pam Freeman

It’s mid-June, my lavender is blooming. The butterflies love it, the bees love it and I love it! I like to leave lots of flowering stems on my plants for the wildlife and harvest the rest. There are tons of crafts to make with lavender, it’s extremely versatile. So, it’s good to decide what you want to do with your harvested lavender before you pick it, since some crafts require fresh lavender while others do not. Lavender bags or sachets … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Decorating Tips DIY Gardening Pam Freeman

I grew up loving the movie Gone with the Wind. I named my pet bunny after the character, Ashley. I quoted the lines constantly and I read the book over and over again. It’s in those pages that I was first introduced to the herb, lemon verbena. In the book, Ellen O’Hara (Scarlett O’Hara’s mother) loved the fragrance of this herb. And Scarlett always remembered her mother by this scent. As an adult with my own herb garden, lemon verbena … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Gardening Pam Freeman