2017 has been named the Year of the Brassica by the National Garden Bureau. The genera Brassica reminds me of a family I know with thirteen children. How do they keep track of them all? When I started brushing up on the Brassica family, I realized I had forgotten about a couple of its children.… Continue reading 2017 is the Year of the Brassica
Happy National Strawberry Day! Strawberries deserve a day, don’t you think? They are sweet and yummy and full of Vitamin C and manganese. They are rich in antioxidants and have a relatively low glycemic index. Eating strawberries may improve heart health and help prevent cancer. I planted strawberries and peas together in a large pot… Continue reading Plant a Pot of Peas & Strawberries
It won’t be long before plants should be growing like gangbusters in our gardens again. What can we do if a few of them seem less than enthusiastic to wake up or are struggling to get their green on? First, commit to building the health of your soil over the upcoming season. “Feed your soil… Continue reading Understanding Fertilizers: What do those numbers mean?
I was recently invited to attend a luncheon with William Woys Weaver before his lecture, Our Kitchen Garden for Culinary and Cultural Research: The Roughwood Seed Collection, at the Chicago Botanic Garden. I, along with a dozen other garden writers, hung on his every word as he talked about his childhood spent in the garden… Continue reading William Woys Weaver and the Roughwood Seed Collection
There isn’t much better than reading a book about gardening on a cold, dreary winter day. It gets the gardening juices flowing. One idea leads to another and pretty soon pen is to paper feverishly making notes of possible plans, plants and projects. I was excited to sit down the other day with 101 Organic… Continue reading 101 Organic Gardening Hacks: Eco-Friendly Solutions to Improve any Garden – A Book Review