Category Archives: Gardening

Venus fly traps, Dionaea muscipula, have long gotten a scary rap through movies like Little Shop of Horrors. It’s true, their appearance is dramatic and everyone knows they are carnivorous (meat eating) plants that inhabit swampy areas; definitely facts that make these plants irresistible to curious young minds. So this summer, I decided my kids were old enough to take on the responsibility and we’re having a great time taking care of these otherworldly plants. (Although, be forewarned, these Venus … continued…

Venus Fly Trap
Gardening Pam Freeman

Flowers add color and curbside appeal to most homes but did you know that many varieties can also be consumed? The tastes can vary from sweet to spicy, similar to honey or horseradish tastes. I can vividly remember eating clover flowers on the playground at my elementary school, they were really sweet and smelled great.   Take caution when eating flowers, make certain that you know what the plant is since many flowers are poisonous (azaleas, honeysuckle berries, hydrangeas – … continued…

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Gardening Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Over the last few years it seems like there has been lots of news about honey bees and their rapid decline, but I haven’t heard much about the decline of bumble bees.   Bumble bees are easily recognizable and are essential pollinators for our crops and our wildflowers and can be found throughout North America. Sadly, their populations are declining. To the point that scientists have found that some common species are now absent from their territories.   So a … continued…

Bumble Bee
Community Involvement Gardening Pam Freeman

This time of year, fragrant pots of lavender arrive in garden stores and they’re a temptation I recommend indulging. Lavender is easily one of the most recognized herbs and known all over the world for its purity and relaxing qualities. Fun fact — Its name comes from Roman times when people used this herb to perfume their baths; the Latin term lavare literally means “to wash.” Lavender is a great addition to an herb, flower or wildlife garden. Lavender is … continued…

Lavender
Gardening Pam Freeman

I hope all danger of frost has long passed for you—it’s been an awfully long winter. But now, it’s time to plant a kitchen garden. Every year I try to embrace the quote from Michael Pollan to “plant a garden, no matter how small.” I freely admit to a black thumb, but each year I start with optimism, and choose easy herbs that grow fairly quickly.   I must admit, this year was a tough start. I bought a flat … continued…

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Barb Freda DIY 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…

Rooting
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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