June 19/10 ... my crops may not be doing well, production-wise, but we are reaping the benefits of watching nature. Some of the following photos I have shown before and some are new. This spring we have been blessed with the following experiences: Baby SparrowRick found this little guy this morning and when he put it up in a tree it flew away to another tree. That was a good sign re: survival. Baby SwallowsWe will get to watch these young ones for a while longer as they are just s...
Permaculture is a set of techniques and principles to design and implement sustainable human settlements. It is dependent on place and each garden is different, with diverse climates, resources and needs. This book seeks to aid the gardener in finding the potential of his/her garden, treating the entire property, including the buildings, as part of a living and dynamic ecosystem. I recommend this book to anyone who is also trying to “grow their way to freedom”. The book is geared toward a...
Following are further additions to my terrace garden. I am sure you will love them. Ipomoea nil, Blue Bell, Morning Glory Ipomoea nil , a species of morning glory is native to most of the tropical world and is cultivated as an attractive ornamental plant. It is a climbing annual herb with three-pointed leaves. The flowers are bell shaped and appear in different shades of color. The seeds of this plant, called kaladana in the vernacular because it is black have medicinal properties. B...
I began pondering last fall about what I could do with a patch of earth that lined the whole side of the house and a portion of the driveway. This strip gets lot of sun and heat, all day. What came to mind was a Container Garden. Now I am not talking about just filling a few pots with flowers and calling “it a day”. What I have in mind are items that I can repurpose; or unusual garden pieces; or items that are just pretty to place among the flowers and various containers. So to...
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 ...
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...
Hi friends,I’ve been away for a while as I’ve been busy producing a fun, weekly garden TV talk show for the web! It is called the ””Garden World Report You can watch the show at: www.GardenWorldReport.com Here is one of the segments of the show that I did called, “Shirley’s Favorite Things for the Garden!” The show is at www.GardenWorldReport.com Yes, I too was tired of the lack of garden television programs and since I have a backgroun...
These are some shots of the water gardens and the Japanese garden sections of the Montreal Botanical Garden. Lotus Lotus Lotus Lotus pod Waterlily Waterlily Bog plant There was a nice rose garden here as well. Just one shot though. They were past their prime. Gardeners outside of the Japanese Gardens – manual labour 100 year old bonsai maple 50 year old bonsai maple forest 210 year old bonsai 70 year old crape myrtle bonsai little...
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...
Thought I’d show off my nuts since there’s been so much interest. All I did for this batch was; 1. Cut an X into the nut shell with a serrated knife.2. Start a pot of water and get it boiling. 3. Once boiling, dump the nuts in. 4. Boil for 15 minutes then strain. 5. Start peeling them. They’d easy to peel when warm. That’s all there is to it.
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