This is my wonderful source of foraging. I’m lucky to have Amber Westfall living very close and have been fortunate enough to attend one of her ‘plant walks’.Most of what I know about foraging plants in this area has come from her.This is her introduction to her weed eating addiction :
Well I finally did something with all those pears my trees produce, though it is nothing in comparison to how many fall from the tree. If I were retired or home all of the time I’d be able to capitalize on them much better, but alas I must work still. Unlike MsDeb I was did not find inner tranquility whilst pealing the pears, but mine were largely wind-fall, so I had to dodge the bruises and bugs here and there, so likely pealed twice as many as she did to get the same amount of usab...
Our gardens are reaching their peak of productivity. Everywhere I look, plants are converting the sun’s energy and the abundant rains into delicious, healthy food. We have never had such an abundant year. In addition to the weather, I think the soil has much to do with our success. When I dig down under the mulch, I come away with handfuls of beautiful soil. We are seeing more animals in the garden. (I hope the birds leave enough cherries for us!) We have had so many strawberries,...
This morning I took some photos of the Male Seabuckthorn flower. They are very small and, so far, I haven’t seen any female Seabuckthorn blossoms. If some appear, I will post those too! This one is of some male Seabuckthorn buds before they opened. There are two “scales” just below the new growth on the female plants. This is where the flower will emerge if the plants are old enough to flower this year. I have my fingers crossed….. If ...
I feel like I’ve got a good start on the season, best I’ve felt of any past years at least. I’ve got a new seed starting station, a new cold frame, I’ve carved a few dibbers, and this past week I added to my tulip trellis thing – wasn’t enough “surface” really, for anything to climb well, so now it is a ”flaming tulip trellis thing.” It worked okay for the cucumber last year, but it’ll be better now for the Black-Eyed Susan Vine I’ve got planned for it, especially moved in a sunnier spo...
We checked in on our seeds today and found we have some seedlings growing already! The 2 big ones are the Roma’s and we also have some Oregano and Chives poking up. Looks like Mr A will have to get busy on those planters sooner than we thought.
Thought some of you might like to know a little about the hosta and its history. For those of you who have or love hostas as much as I do. Hostas are native to Northeast Asia, mainly Japan China, Korea, There are at least 70 species that are clump forming perennial plants with-like flowers growing on forest or woodland setting’s They are also know as Funkia,Corfu lily,day lily or plantain lily, The name hosta is in honor of the Austrian botanist Nicholas Thomas Host. Host...
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’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...
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