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...
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...
It won’t be long until I be readying myself for what I’ve heard some call, Winter Sowing. Have you heard of it?It’s where you use things like milk jugs, plastic containers, etc….fill with potting soil and seeds…...leave it outside ALL winter…..then in early spring you have your little miniature greenhouses full of sprouting seeds.I’ve been doing it for a few years and always have great results. You really do get flowers a lot earlier. I use milk ...
This is my first blog. Any mistakes or improvements may pl be brought to my noticeCoconut which is the fruit or seed of coconut palm grows abundantly in tropics because of favourable soil and weather conditions. Kerala is the largest coconut growing state in India. The only states in the U.S. where coconut palms can be grown are Hawaii and south Florida to the best of my knowledge. Every part of the coconut tree is useful and hence its commercial importance. The husk of the nut is composed of...
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...
This is our Christmas Tree: Merry Christmas to all GardenTenders!
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Dec. 31/12 the back-storyThe snow has piled on the roof of my porch… and has started leaking through some spot in the roof into my porch… and into the storage places filled with “stuff”. (Anyone want to come here and climb up on the roof to clear it off?) the middle-storyOne of the treasures amongst “the stuff” is a collection of scrapbooks of my Mom’s. She has put together dozens of these books and on one of her cleaning sprees she cleaned out ...
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...
Someone sent me these pictures. This is a flower from Thailand. It is also a protected species. It is not allowed to be exported. This will be the only way we will be able to view this flower. Some info on the flower.
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