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That Pesky Dandelion is Good For You

August 17th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Did you know that the dandelion has been used as food and medicine for much of recorded history?  Yes, I am talking about that pesky weed that is the bain of your lawns existence.  Since you just can’t stop trying to get rid of them, you might as well make some use of them.  In [...]

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Tags: Herbs · Medicinal · Recipes · Storing Techniques

Drying Mint for Tea – Best Techniques?

June 15th, 2009 · 14 Comments

I just harvested the first cutting of my four varieties of mint growing in various gardens. I am growing

Spearmint
Peppermint
Greek Mint
Another Spearmint Variety (Large Leafed)

Some techniques commonly used to dry mint are:

Bundle and hang from Stems in a dark, very dry place (if possible with paper bags around the bundles)
Put in Paper bags
Place in oven at [...]

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Tags: Herbs · Medicinal · Organic Gardening Techniques · Storing Techniques

Ruth Stout’s System of Mulching – Lazy is Genius!

May 26th, 2009 · 5 Comments

The first time I read the Mother Earth News article about Ruth Stout’s No-Dig Gardening, I said
“yesss!  I love this woman. This is one of those lessons of a lifetime.”
Her technique has faced skepticism from all sides but to me, has always seemed to be a fantastic approach:
“mulch everything…and mulch some more.”

Her attitude of “this [...]

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Tags: Flowers · Herbs · Organic Gardening Techniques · Vegetables

Companion Planting

March 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Companion Plantings with Reason:

Cabbage and Dill – As dill flowers it draws beneficial insects to eat cabbageworms and aphids.  If you don’t already know about cabbageworms, I had an issue with them.
Flowers like Calendula and Cucumbers and Squash – The pollen from the flowers attracts pollenators and thereby increases yields.

Please send in your companion plantings.   [...]

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Tags: Flowers · Herbs · Organic Gardening Techniques · Vegetables

Synopsis – Tulsi (“Holy Basil”) – Ayurvedic Medicinal Herb Used for Thousands of Years

December 10th, 2008 · 4 Comments

OK here is one of my favorite herbs (if not THE favorite).  It smells like BUBBLE GUM for crying out loud!
Tulsi / Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum)
If you have ever grown this herb, you know what amazing surprises it offers.  When I brush by it, I get this smell of heaven that I have never smelled [...]

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Tags: Herbs · Medicinal

Chamomile

November 18th, 2007 · No Comments

In my Long Island Garden, I planted German Chamomile (back in 2004) and it has come back every year since then, in different places. It’s great! I allow them to grow where I want and pull the rest up. They are always one of the first garden herbs to show up [...]

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Second Planting of Basil

October 14th, 2007 · No Comments

My basil plants were less than fantastic this year. They just did not perform as usual (it may have to do with the fact that I have relocated this year and are just working in the soil here).
But I was able to learn a couple of things from my basil troubles. I started [...]

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Tags: Herbs