Columbine flowers, also called aquilegia, are an easy-care woodland perennial. They are native to North America and are found throughout the United States and Canada. In the wild, columbines prefer semi-shaded areas with moist, slightly acidic soil. Hybrid columbines tend to tolerate sun better than native columbines, but all are easy to grow perennial flowers that can be added to almost any moist, temperate garden. The only place you may struggle to grow columbines is the humid, sandy soils of the deep south and Gulf Coast, and the desert areas of the west. Other than that, your local garden center is likely to have a columbine flower that’s right for your garden!
The best vegetables for container gardening are those that do not take up much space. These plants won’t up much space but will yield plenty of fresh produce.
Do ants hurt peony flowers? Absolutely not! This is one of the oldest gardening wives’ tales there is, and I’d like to dispel the myth once and for all.
Have you ever heard the organic gardening tip about digging a few banana peels (or bananas) into the ground near your roses for gorgeous flowers and healthy plants? How about adding rinsed-out eggshells to the compost pile? Or using wood ashes and coffee grounds in the garden? Each of these items adds valuable nutrients to your organic garden. If you’re into organic vegetable gardening, enhancing your compost pile or using these organic gardening tips builds up the soil, adds nutrients, and costs nothing. Best of all, it reduces household waste, too.
The St. John’s Wort plant is easily grown from seed but you will need patience to grow it to maturity. I grew my St. John’s Wort plants from seed and it took about three years before they bloomed prolifically.
I’m growing ginger this year thanks to inspiration from a lecture I attended.
Herbal Faire this year at Evergreen Lavender Farm was great fun. First of all, the event was packed. I think this was the best turnout for the event, ever, and that makes me happy because Bonnie and her family work so hard to make sure the event is great for vendors and the public alike.
What caused deformed strawberries? I love strawberry season and devote an entire raised garden bed to our strawberry crop. Most were fine this year, but in one section of the bed, I picked several mutant berries.
What caused this? Radiation? Aliens? Alas, the answer is simpler than that, but the intriguing forms still hint at alien invasion…
I created this recipe for pasta primavera with sage gorgonzola cheese sauce on the spur of the moment. We are on a low cholesterol, low salt diet, and finding tasty recipes is challenging.
Broccoli rabe recipes tend to use tons of salt, oil, and fat to add flavor. Fats such as olive oil and the drippings from bacon, pancetta, and ham do increase the body’s ability to absorb the wide array of important vitamins and minerals found in broccoli rabe, but I needed to cut back on the salt for my family’s diet. This recipe for classic Rustic Broccoli Rabe with Potatoes eliminates all added salt and uses just a pinch of ham for flavor.