Category: Garden & Orchards

Borage – A Popular And Beautiful Potherb

Borage Plant

Borage is an annual herb with coarse hairy leaves and stems. It grows between 2 to 3 feet tall and often spreads as wide. Borage (Borago officinalis) is also known as “starflower” and is sometimes called “bee bread”. That’s because of the sky-blue star shaped flowers and because borage is a bee magnet. The honey…

Kitchen Herb Garden

Kitchen Herb Garden

I keep a small kitchen herb garden right off my front porch. It’s a convenient location. While I’m cooking if I need fresh parsley, basil, sage, rosemary, mint or any other herb, it’s just a quick trip out the door. Kitchen herb gardens that backup to a house or any other building, in general do…

How & When To Pick Pears

Know When To Pick Pears

In my corner of the world, this year has been a good year for pears. I have only two pear trees in my small orchard but they are among my personal favorites. The trees are fairly young trees and were planted within the last 7 years or so. One tree is a red Anjou and…

Cut Scapes For Bigger Garlic

Garlic With Scapes

Here’s a simple trick for bigger garlic bulbs. Cut the scape from the garlic plant before it begins to mature and produce bulblets.  A scape is the immature flower of a garlic plant. All varieties of garlic will produce a scape, but only the hard neck Rocambole type will produce a scape that curls. The…

Foxgloves

Foxgloves

Foxgloves are blooming along the hill in the pasture beneath my house. They are escapees from my flower garden from a time long ago when I used to grow them. I’ve often thought about moving a few of them back into my flower garden, but I don’t do it because they could never look as…

How & When to Dry Herbs

Chamomile Flower Herbs

I harvested chamomile flowers the other day for tea.The flowers were gently dried in an electric dehydrator for about 18 hours and then transferred to a wide mouth Mason jar with a lid for storage. Chamomile like most ordinary kitchen or medicinal herbs are easily dried for storage. WHEN TO HARVEST HERBS If herbs are…

Aphids – What They Are & Ways To Control Them

Aphids

I noticed the other day that my rose bushes have aphids. Aphids, sometimes called plant lice, are very small sap sucking insects. There are many different species of aphids and they come in different sizes. Aphids may be green, red, brown, black and sometimes a fuzzy white or gray. All plant lice no matter how…

Chamomile – Grow It In Your Garden

Chamomile Flowers

Chamomile is just starting to bloom in my small herb garden. It’s a common bushy garden herb with small daisy type flowers and with a fragrance similar to apples. Considered both a kitchen and medicinal herb it is easy to grow plant. All it needs is full direct sun and average soil conditions. Chamomile will…

Giant Hogweed

Giant Hogweed

For the past 2 weeks or so, Giant Hogweed has been blooming along my road in the ditch in front of my house. I’ve been trying to get up the nerve to go out to the ditch and pull it up by its roots or chop it down – but to be honest with you…

Soak Hard Seeds For Easier Germination

Using A Nail File To Cut Through A Hard Seed Shell

Sometimes hard seeds need a little help. Did you know that if you soak hard coated flower seeds like Morning Glories, Sweet Peas, Four O’clock or Moon Flowers in water for 24 hours before you plant them that they will germinate easier? It’s true. In nature hard seeds are usually dropped in the autumn. The…