Yes! Many flowers are edible. Take for instance roses. They taste just like their fragrance. A few petals added to a salad are beautiful, tasty, and aromatic. If you really want to make a splash, try daylilies or squash blossoms. Early spring flowers that you can eat include pansies, violas, and tulips.
Almost all herb flowers are edible and carry a slight taste of the parent plant. You can sprinkle chamomile, chervil, dill, fennel, rosemary, and thyme flowers on salads or [...]
You open the door with a steaming cup of java in your hand. The air’s a little brisk, but warm enough to sit out. The first day, ah, what a wonderful feeling that is. You cross over to the lounge chair on the patio and are about to sit down, when suddenly you see the chair is filthy. You back away, glance around and see the ravages of the winter on your favorite outdoor space.
Now what to do? The furniture [...]
Unless your soil is perfectly balance and rich in nutrients you need to fertilize periodically. How much and when depends on your soil and climate. All fertilizers have a row of numbers listed on, them some with a letter in front of each. These letters are symbols for the nutrient content of that particular fertilizer.
N is always first on the list. This is for nitrogen. Nitrogen helps keep plants green. It helps the plants produce and maintain chlorophyll, which they [...]
OK, we’ve talked about a lot of different plants, but you don’t have anyplace to put them. Now what? If you haven’t already done so, get busy putting together you landscape plan. If you did it earlier, decide where to start and get busy.
Things to consider when placing gardens and hardscapes are, how much sun and shade does the area get? Which direction does the wind come from most of the time? Do you have any low lying areas or [...]
Yippee, first broccoli of the year! I planted a few plants very late last fall and they managed to winter through. Today I cut the main stalks on them and we added that to our mid-day meal. It’s great to be eating from our own garden, even if only intermittently.
Here’s what I fixed. Pardon the approximations, I don’t measure much when I cook.
1 med zucchini, shredded
2 c broccoli florets, chopped
1 cup snow peas, chopped
1.5 cups chopped Jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes)
One thing that even seasoned growers knows is to resist the urge to buy all the pretty flowers when you arrive at the nursery in the spring. Growers know that we’re suckers for anything in full bloom, so they make sure they ship the plants just as they’re about to burst forth. They’ll even have plants available that don’t usually bloom in that season, just to entice you.
Look at the plants needs: sun/shade, water needs, bloom time (annuals bloom all [...]
If you’re a newbie to gardening you probably don’t have any tools to help you out. I’ve planted with just a spoon before, but that’s not much fun. Here are a few of my must have items.
Trowel – Made from a solid piece of metal. If it has a joint it will eventually break.
Spade – Buy stainless steel if you can afford it. I’ve had mine for over 10 years and it looks like new.
Garden fork – Stainless steel again, [...]
You got a little excited and started planting early. What to do when the weatherman says it is going to freeze? If it really caught you by surprise, then grab every available towel and sheet and cover as many of the tender plants as you can. Those that are located farthest from the house or on the north side first. South side plants will stay the warmest and foundation plants get protection from the house, as well as some of [...]
Talked a little bit about this earlier in getting to know your soil, but this applies to plants, too. Some plants like it very alkaline, some like it more neutral, some a little acidic and yet other very acidic. Try not to intermix these different needs too much or it gets nearly impossible to fertilize the plants correctly. Also, if you know your soil is of a particular type, then buying plants that work well with that soil type makes [...]
OK, you’ve got all the plants home. Now what? It can help to draw out a diagram. If you can do it to scale, all the better.
Plants should be located 1-2 feet away from the house, in order to allow air circulation. This needs to be done for their mature size. If you have a plant that is going to be 6’ around at the base you need to divide by 2, cause half will be in front and then [...]