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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

The List! – Visit the Beautiful Gardens and Estates of Long Island

August 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Got gardening fever? Love horticulture, botanics and the like? Head out to one of Long Island’s Gardens and Estates right around the corner and enjoy some beautiful gardens as well as a great architecture and history.
To the home gardener, a trip to someone else’s garden/estate can renew inspiration and appreciation for the art of gardening.  [...]

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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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Tags: Flowers

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

Welcome 2008 – Planning This Years Garden

January 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Now is the time to start thinking about the garden of 2008. Start asking your friends and family what they want you to grow or just pick em yourself. When selecting seeds, a little preparation and planning can go a long way.
First, you need to know the basics when planning the Garden
So far, [...]

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Tags: Seeds · Uncategorized

Winter Hibernation – Are you getting too many catalogs?

January 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The garden is sleeping but the garlic is growing. The parsley is still there. So is the thyme. So is the rosemary.  So is the kale, brussel sprouts, carrots, and cabbage.  Sounds like I still have a garden out there.
We’ve had a light winter so far and as the seed [...]

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Tags: Seeds