Aronais (aka aroniaberries, chokecherries), elderberries, and red and black currants are superstars in the world of berries, and are even better nutritionally than blueberries. Their ORAC scores are some of the highest known. We grow these three berries because of their ease of cultivation but especially for their health benefits….
Have you seen the cute little seedling pots made with newspaper? They are easy to make, and perhaps even a sure-handed 6 year-old can make them by your side once he has had instruction and practice. If you want to save money, and who doesn’t, these are a great substitution for buying commercial peat posts….
Don’t toss out that ‘unusable’ celery base! Who knew re-growing celery could be done or that it was so much fun?
I have 4 beginning to grow in the garden already and just cut two more. Now, every time we buy celery, I ‘save’ the cut-off bottom portion. …
We made dandelion greens tonight for an early spring dinner, and I thought I would share directions with you. You may have never thought of eating (or drinking as a tea) the leaves of dandelion plants but they are incredibly nutritious. If prepared properly, the leaves also makes a fine tasting dish.
When the old timers made their spring tonics the main ingredient was dandelion. Dandelion is a diuretic and liver stimulant, restoring the system after months of a more sedentary lifestyle during winter weather. Our very spry and alert 94 year-old neighbor Mary told us that eating spring dandelion greens had kept her healthy and strong all these years….
[Note: You can plant potatoes from St. Patrick’s Day through the end of July]!
It all started about 20 years ago when I got the idea that I could grow potatoes in our backyard from whole potatoes purchased at the store. We had a few that sprouted and sent up shoots but they did not have good quality, and some just didn’t come up at all and rotted. I found out that ALL non-organic (conventional) potatoes at the store are treated with sprout-inhibitor….
Pruning should be started when a tree is young to improve tree structure for the rest of it’s life, but can be done on a tree of any age if you are determined. This will ensure that it will grow into a tree which is easy to pick from for years to come, improves fruit quality, resists disease, and will not break under its load when bearing heavily.
Pruning is best done in late winter if you are growing apples or pears and during the summer for peaches, apricots and cherries. More on why later.