Category Archive: Gardening

Gardening and yard information to help nurture that green thumb.

Hungry? Pull up some Wild Onions

Yesterday the weather turned fairly warm and my 2 granddaughters, Ellery and Emerson, took a walk with me in our woods. We found wild onions (or wild garlic whichever you call it) in abundance and so tender. See that patch of it right in front of the fieldstone step? Perfect sub for chives! (Now I …

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Rosemary Plants Growing Indoors: Good Girl or Bad Girl?

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Readers want to know: “My Rosemary has turned brown/gray and died in my house. What did I do wrong?” Ah, this happens to me also. Rosemary can sure be a “bad girl.” Especially when you’re wintering the plant in the house. One Rosemary is doing great; the other is brown and dry. Check these photos …

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Fire Cider Easy to Make: Boost Immune and Circulatory Systems

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A few years ago I interviewed Rosemary Gladstar, mentor and herb expert, during a break we had when we were both speakers at the Mother Earth Convention in Pennsylvania. She mentioned making fire cider. I was intrigued. Fire cider? What the heck was that? And does it taste good? Well, first of all, fire cider …

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Biblical Herbs, Foods and Spices for Colds and Flu

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Many of the herbs and foods commonly used from Bible days on, along with old fashioned home remedies your Mom or Grandma used, when used properly, can be your body’s best and least costly  defense against colds and the flu. These remedies also help to minimize the misery if you do get a cold or …

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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

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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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