Pretty much the only flower that can stand the TX heat…
I have a blueberry patch on the western side of my property that contains nine northern high-bush blueberry plants that are approximately five years old. The varieties include: Northblue, Northsky, Northland, Early Bluejay, Bluecrop, Jersey and Patriot. Given the variety of bushes, our harvest is staggered from early July to late August. Around the bushes I have a thick groundcover of pine needles, woodchips, Creeping Charlie, French sorrel and strawberries. The Creeping Charlie thrives, ...
I have slowly been collecting trees for a few years. I started by saving ‘orphaned’ native trees and expanded to fruit trees last spring. My first tree was a tiny long leaf pine that was growing in a plant bed. There were a few of them and I asked my friend helping me to leave them behind while pulling out the weeds. I come back to find they were all gone! I went behind the fence by the canal to find one bare root seedling the size of my finger sitting right on top of the p...
I’m new to all of this, the politics and controversy regarding our food supply, but I’m slowly catching up. And I don’t have the money or the time yet to become as active of a part of these movements as I would like to become. But I can share and discuss these issues with you all, my gardening friends, thus spreading the word to others of like-mind who can then share these issues with those that don’t know what is happening to our food supply. And the challenges st...
I was only able to make to one day of this wonderful event, but I spent at least 7 hours there, walking the various exhibit halls and listening to a few speakers. Most of my pictures (below) are from the well-lit produce display/judging area, but there was entertainment and three halls of vendors and organizations on everything from garden art to xeriscaping. Though I haven’t been to a garden show before, I doubt this one was completely like most others, what with the themes of sustainability...
All I have time for today… http://www.theheirloomexpo.com/
A very fine description of how to collect, process and cook with acorns http://honest-food.net/veggie-recipes/acorns-nuts-and-other-wild-starches/
Hours of fun exploring wild plants which are edible. Berries. Plants and mushrooms. http://northernbushcraft.com/ This covers mostly plants of the pacific northwest and Canada but probably many plants from eastern Canada can also be found in the northeast of the US or maybe even in other parts of the world where these might be called ‘weeds’. A lot of these may already be in your yard without any effort!
In spring 2010, I planted two Aronia melanocarpa seedlings just outside the goat pasture. I had never heard of Aronia bushes before but this is the Raintree Nursery description about Aronia that caught my attention: “Beautiful, very productive and easy to grow, this shrub is bound to become a staple in American backyards, as it has in Eastern Europe, where it is widely used in delicious juices, soft drinks, jams and wine. The handsome, disease resistant bushes have dark green, oval ...
Salvias and sages and mint, tomatoes, squash are under attack.Have sprayed regularly with various mixtures of Garlic Pepper Tea, with and without added soap, Garrett Juice, neem, etc.Released more ladybugs (so spraying a little less this week).Next step may be trying the shop vac on the buggers.And getting a better sprayer. The spray bottle method is not ideal. Today I saw a 3 legged mantid. Made me sad.
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