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Annual Flower Profile – Zinnia

May 1st, 2010 · 2 Comments

Who wouldn’t want this beauty in the garden?  Zinnia is easy to start from seed and once they get a’bloomin, they can brighten up anyone’s day.
If you are a gardener that is looking for a beautiful flowering plant and is easy to start from seed, Zinnia is your choice.
I grew it from seed a few [...]

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Tags: Flowers

Top Ten Reasons To Use Native Plants In Your Landscape and More…

September 7th, 2009 · 13 Comments

Using Native Plants in your landscape is a win-win for you and the environment.  Here are the top ten reasons to use native plants in your landscape:

Once Established, Native Plants Require Little Care and Maintenance
Native Plants Save Money on Landscaping Cost
Native Plants Are Pest and Disease Resistant
Once Established, Native Plants Require No Watering
Once Established, Native [...]

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Tags: Flowers · Go Green · Long Island · Medicinal · Organic Gardening Techniques · Seeds · Shrubs · Trees · Vegetables

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

Perennial Flower Profile – Lupine

May 29th, 2009 · 6 Comments

My fiancncé brought home some flower seeds a few years back and Lupine was one of them.  I was happy with the germination percentage and gave it a shot in the ground to see what happens.  We were very into settling on perrenials and giving them space in the flower garden.  The lupine did not [...]

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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

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