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Le Potager- The French Kitchen Garden

Have you ever dreamed of having your fresh produce and herbs right at your doorstep? It’s been done and done well by not only the French, but many other cultures, for centuries and it’s now seeing a revival across the USA and around the globe, as more and more people are concerned about healthy eating … Read more

Start Eco-Friendly Kitchen Compost Bins

This Ramadan is a great time to get eco-friendly or rev up your already environmentally-consciousness mindset by saving all fruit and vegetable scraps, eggs shells, tea bags, and coffee grounds…to make compost.  You can get a small bucket with a tight-fitting lid and keep the scraps somewhere that makes it easy for you to move … Read more

Forcing Winter Bulbs: Amaryllis and Paperwhites

I just posted an article about how to force winter branches, which is probably the less common type of winter forcing of plants that is done in comparison to forcing bulbs, mainly because success rates are higher (i.e. branches can be damaged when cut or improper storage and hydration of the branches may result in blossoms falling off) but also because it’s quite easy to purchase bulbs, bring them indoors, water and wait.

lovely winter amaryllis

And of course you would want to do that, if the result is a gorgeous spread of flowers that typically grow outdoors or somewhere in humid and tropical lands, why not?   

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How to Force Winter Branches

I absolutely love bringing color indoors all year long, but in the winter it seems like more of a necessity than anything- to lift up the darkness outside (and how early it comes) and bring in a natural pop of color. It’s also fun to go out looking for branches to bring indoors and be surprised by the type of blooms that will emerge as  a result.

For those who aren’t familiar with forcing, it’s something that is often done with bulbs indoor, too, but the process is quite different. With branches, you need to carefully prune them from a tree (obviously one you have permission to cut) while making sure not to harm the tree in any way.  

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Community Gardening

I think I know why retired people garden. It’s not just because they have more time than the rest of the population; it’s because they finally get to enjoy a place of peace in this world.

cabbage and tomatillo plant

Don’t get me wrong, gardening does take time and work and effort- it’s a labor of love and way to connect with the Earth. Why else would you dig into dirt and have no care in the world about the dirt stains on your clothes or all the dirt under your nails (it happens even when wearing some gloves).

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How to Preserve Fresh Basil

It’s that time of year here in the Midwest of the U.S. and everywhere there is summer weather when our gardens are bursting with green and lovely plants and herbs. Since we’ve had a lot of hot weather lately, my basil, tomato and zucchini plants have suddenly bolted upward. That’s great for vegetable plants, but … Read more

Edible Gardening Resources

Yesterday I aired a segment on my blog talk radio program called Organic Edible Gardening, where I gave 30 minutes of tips on what you need to think about and know in order to prepare, plant and maintain your own edible garden space, big or small. As promised during the program, I’m providing a list … Read more

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