Category Archive: Gardening

Gardening and yard information to help nurture that green thumb.

How to Grow a Christmas Cactus for Generations of Blooms

I keep my Christmas cactus outside in a shady place during summer and bring it in the house in the fall. I get loads of blooms during the holiday season. Here’s some information that you need to know to grow Christmas cactus successfully. From my friends at Countryside Magazine.  Here’s the link: How to Grow …

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Points to Ponder for Poinsettias and are they Harmful to Humans or Pets?

  From friend and garden expert, Ron Wilson, comes some great and timely information about Poinsettias. Here’s what Ron has to say: While in Mexico, Poinsett, who was also a botanist, became enchanted by the brilliant red leafed plants he saw during the short days of winter, and sent some back to his home in …

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Treasures: Lovingly Worn Herbal History Books

A collection of old herbals

I have a collection of books on herbs. One of my most treasured is one my Mom gave me years ago from the Herb Society of America – it’s from the 1940′s and she found it in a second hand shop called “The Heart Mart” here in Cincinnati. Mom volunteered there and found so many …

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Watch my Video on Backyard Foraging on Our Ohio Think TV Channel

I was at Turner Farm this spring taking Our Ohio folks around to see what wild edibles were still abundant. Check the video out: Video: Backyard Foraging – Wild Edibles | Watch Our Ohio Online … ▶ video.thinktv.org/video/3003349681/ Aug 1, 2017 Mother nature has been providing its occupants with sustenance since the dawn of life, …

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Pull rooted sprigs of mint to grow indoors

When you’re putting your herbs to bed for the winter, remember that mint is an aggressive perennial. Pull a few rooted sprigs, pot them up, place in moist soil in a sunny window and voila: mint for winter!

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Growing and Using Basil

  Purple and Green Basil A Guide To Growing Basil Harvesting and Preserving Basil for its Many Uses Here’s an article I wrote for Countryside Magazine. It’s timely since right now my basil is flowering like crazy! I’m willing to bet that if you start an herb garden, growing basil (Ocimum Basilicum) will be high …

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Tex Mex Lasagna with Cilantro

Cilantro leafing out before flowering and going to seed

Tex Mex Lasagna with Cilantro I have a love/hate relationship with cilantro. I love the flavor but I don’t like the way cilantro behaves, like a mischevious little boy. He likes to bolt to seed if it gets too hot, and this can happen seemingly overnight. So I have to make successive plantings every couple …

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Spearmint or Peppermint for Mint Julep Recipe?

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Mint Julep Recipe Peppermint for Mint Juleps Spearmint or Peppermint – which is best for Mint Juleps? There’s always a debate about this. Spearmint is traditional, and sweeter than peppermint. Peppermint contains a lot of menthol, which makes it taste stronger. Peppermint is used in a lot of medicines, and also in toothpastes, peppermint candies …

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Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Tangy Yogurt Dressing

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Tangy Yogurt Dressing

  BROCCOLI CAULIFLOWER SALAD WITH TANGY YOGURT DRESSING Don’t be put off by the yogurt in the dressing for this Broccoli Salad. It’s a yummy salad with the tanginess of the dressing offset by the sweetness of the grapes. My neighbor, Sandy, brought me over a bowl of this and I just had to have …

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Healing Herbs That You Can Grow

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Healing Herbs That You Can Grow As we “grow along” together, I’ll share in depth some good information on my favorite individual herbs. But today I wanted to give you a quick list of my  top 10 healing herbs that you can grow yourself. I love the fact that herbs not only taste good, they’re …

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