Post a blog entry about how you would benefit from owning a pair (factual or humorous) and your name will go into a draw for a free pair! The “Fox Gloves”, available at LeeValley.com are a treasure for any gardener. (You can read the review of the gloves here). Thanks to Lee Valley for supporting our gardening community and donating the gloves. PRIZES One random winner will receive fox gloves from Lee Valley Two random winners will get our stylish GT T-shirt...
Sea Buckthorn / Sea Berry Seeds!The New England region in the United States has, so far, experienced a snowy season. Shoveling, plowing, salting walkways etc has taken up more time than I can recall compared to recent years. The silver lining is the sea buckthorn plants in the ground for their first winter here have a cozy layer of snow over them. Protected from extreme cold changes and especially the winter winds should increase their winter survival chances. This spring I will be lookin...
Book Review #4: HomeGrown Whole Grains: Grow, Harvest and Cook Wheat, Barley, Oats, Rice, Corn and More
Have you ever thought about growing some of your own grains in your own backyard? Do you want to develop a more sustainable lifestyle? Does the idea of fresh, nutritious, delicious, organic whole grains inspire you to roll up your sleeves and start planting? Do you want to grow grains to feed your backyard chickens? If any of these ideas appeal to you, perhaps this book will contain just the information you need to get started along that journey. Ms. Pitzer has written a book about gro...
The New Zealand Flax is completely unrelated to the flax which produced the flax seed ( linseed) but was so named because of the similarities in the properties of the fibres and its uses. The Maori had discovered the 1001 uses of the NZ Flax or Harakeke long before pale-faced Europeans showed up.Actually related to the lilly, it sends up shoots of flowers at about the same time as the lillies bloom.The plant can be quite large, some are over 3m tall and 2m wide. The flower stalks can b...
Known as the Tree Fuchsia or just the Fuchsia, the Kotukutuku is the Maori name for the largest fuchsia found in the world. On the west coast of the south island, the local Maori called it a Konini. Its technical name is the Fuchsia excorticata. It can grow to 13 metres ( over 40 ft) and 600mm in diameter ( about 2 feet). If that wasn’t interesting enough about this plant (tree) it has the following odd characteristics 1. It is the one of the very, very few NZ native t...
Our new Create & Share Challenges are opportunities to share ideas, tips, and techniques. We invite you to participate, even if it is to post a “don’t try this because look what happened when I did it” tip. Preserving the ProduceDo you have a favourite tip or recipe for preserving garden produce (whether fruit, veggie, or flower)? Post your “preserving wisdom’ in our GT Blogs, tagged as “CS1”. PRIZES One random winner in Can...
Well, I’d been sharing the “winners” with you all on recipes that have been drop dead wonderful, so I thought I’d send over the latest few. This one is for Red Tomato Relish.. It’s everything I was hoping the green tomato ketchup would have been. 1 bucket tomatoes (2 gallons) 1 C of 90 grain vinegar 2 C sugar 1 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp allspice 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp cloves 1/2 tsp chili powder 4 green peppers 4 small onions Scald t...
This is our Christmas Tree: Merry Christmas to all GardenTenders!
Took a walk around the yard today with my old Kodak DC290 in hand, figured I’d take a few shots of what’s around the yard. Around front in what I call the courtyard garden by the pond I’d laid out the rocks to edge the new flower bed. I still need to move more rocks over and need to pick up bags of mortar to get them set in place. Also need to mow there for that matter. Out back on the burn pile is the bulk of the damage that Ike caused to the yard. It’s not ...
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