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Calendula – A Flower, Herb, and….Salad Ingredient?

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A Hardy Annual that can reduce pain and inflammation while also dressing up a salad.   Sounds like a fun plant to play with, No? Plant Specifics Name: Calendula Officinalis (Pot Marigold) Zone: 5 to 11 Height: 24 inches Soil Type:Rich & well drained Ph Range: 6.0 to 7.5 Preferences: Sunny to partial shade Germination: 10 days @ 59°F to 68°F Bloom: Mid-Summer till 1st Frost Planting Guide Early Indoors: Plant 6 Weeks Before Last Spring Frost.   Place seeds 1/4 inch deep in seed starting mix and moisten.  Keep Warm (70°F) and moist and sprouting should occur within 15 days.  … Continue reading

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Thinking I’ll do a huge Herb Garden….

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I think that this year I want an enormous Herb Garden!  The photo above shows my three Raised-Beds (an Earlier Post on Raised-Beds) that have produced wonderfully for three years now. Let’s take a closer look at that first Raised-Bed: This Raised-Bed is 3 feet by 4 feet for a total of 12 Square Feet of Gardening Goodness!  How’s that for Enormous?? Now, What Herbs to Plant? My Short-List of absolutely required Herbs: Basil (Sweet, Italian, Liquorice, Lemon) Dill Garlic Oregano Parsley Rosemary Sage Thyme These are some of the most common Herbs found in most kitchens in the U.S.   … Continue reading

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Swiss Chard: A Great Early Season Crop

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  Plant Specifics Name: Swiss Chard Zones: Any Height: 18 to 24 inches Soil Type: Almost Any, but likes a lot of humus PH Range: 6.0 – 7.5 Preferences: Sun or Shade, Spring, Summer, and Fall.   Planting Guide I always plant Swiss Chard directly in the garden bed.  Some gardeners pre-soak the seeds but I’ve never had any luck with that.  I put them right into the garden about 1/2 inch deep and spaced 6 inches all around. Swiss Chard requires a good bit of water.  I start watering once a week in the Spring and Early Summer and … Continue reading

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Time for a new plant in my Garden: Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)

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I First tasted this when a friend of mine had a plant in a pot on their front porch.  She used the leaves to sweeten her ‘Sun Tea’ and I had just happened to get a leaf in my glass.  I asked about it and she replied: “Chew the leaf a bit, You’ll be surprised.” Boy was I surprised!  It just kept getting sweeter as I chewed.  The stuff is really amazing!  I’m going to put some in my Garden this year as an Annual (I’m in Zone 6) for some fun. If you like sweets but want to limit … Continue reading

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Christmas Day 2011

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Christmas is finally here, though it really doesn’t feel much like Christmases I remember from my youth.  It is awfully warm this year! Last Night, I recorded a Hallmark Book for my daughters, 7 month & 3 year olds.  If you haven’t seen these, they are books with a voice recorder in them.  You can record each page of the book and lock the recording in.  It’s preserved in some type of non-volatile Chip so batteries can be changed or dead without losing the recording.  Here’s a link to Hallmark’s site for: Recordable Storybook I recorded “The Night Before Christmas” … Continue reading

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Raised-Bed Gardening — An Introduction

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So, What is a Raised-Bed and why should you use one? A Raised-Bed is as simple as it sounds.  The garden bed, comprised of soil and finished compost, is raised above the level of the surrounding ground.  This can be achieved by containing the Raised-Bed with some type of bordering material; Rock, Stone, Cinder-Block, or more commonly Wood.  Raised-Beds can also be border-less, the bed is simply piled up and planted into. As for why you should use one, It’s simply a shortcut to well prepared, fertile, and friable soil.  It’s much easier to dump compost and topsoil inside a … Continue reading

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