Milkweed and Monarchs (and other insects that like milkweed)

Joe Boggs chats with Ron Wilson on Ron’s gardening show each Saturday. Joe is with Ohio State’s Extension Agency, and he is one smart “bug man”. He  shares this very interesting information about milkweed, monarch butterflies and other insects that use milkweed as a host plant. Read on, this is fascinating stuff! This is the time of the year when the menagerie of insects that feed … Continue reading Milkweed and Monarchs (and other insects that like milkweed)

Container Herb Garden for Mom

On Earth Day, I visited my granddaughters Eva’s and Emerson’s school. We had fun sharing seeds and plants and talking about being good stewards of our earth. The girls gave their teachers container herb gardens. A few had questions about growing herbs in containers. I’ve had requests from some of you about the same subject, so I thought it a timely topic.  Although I grow … Continue reading Container Herb Garden for Mom

DIY Mary Garden for Mother’s Day

Each week I chat with Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show. Today, since Mother’s Day is this weekend, we talked about Mary Garden’s. Here’s some fun information. A MARY GARDEN  Mary Gardens were started during medieval times and were usually gardens that were enclosed, often in monasteries.    I have always felt that an herb garden needs a statue of Mary, even before I … Continue reading DIY Mary Garden for Mother’s Day

Spring has Sprung: Roasted Carrots, Asparagus on Menu!

Spring has definitely sprung here on my little patch of heaven. Erin, my neighbor across the road, asked if I had time to pick dandelions. My answer? I’d make time. We both picked baskets of dandelion flowers for jellies. A few leaves got tossed in, too, for salads.  The wild violets were growing in profusion right alongside. Those make a lovely jelly or jam. So … Continue reading Spring has Sprung: Roasted Carrots, Asparagus on Menu!

Eggs Colored with Natural Dyes and Marbled Eggs

Coloring eggs naturally is something we’ve done for years in our family. And I’m happy to see more of you “coming into the fold”, requesting recipes for coloring eggs with natural dyes. So as promised Matt Swaim on the Sunrise Morning Show, here again are recipes that I hope will become traditions in your family.  Some dyes use ingredients you most likely already have. They don’t … Continue reading Eggs Colored with Natural Dyes and Marbled Eggs

Earth Day

I’m looking forward to “planting seeds of wisdom and fun”with my grandchildren, Eva, Emerson and Ellery again this year on Earth Day at their schools. I’ll be bringing in herbs and edible flowers for them to sniff, feel and enjoy. They’ll get to remove seeds from birdhouse gourds, and take home some Indian corn seeds. Kids really get into the whole concept, as you can … Continue reading Earth Day