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Springtime Tea Yellow and pink blossoms, warm rain, and birds chirping often denote the season of spring. An itchy, scratchy throat can also come along with the beauty of spring. Make herbal tea to calm and soothe those allergy symptoms that can keep you away from the outdoors during this lovely season of budding! Why not t...
As a kid, I loved dyeing Easter eggs. (When is Easter this year? Click here.) It was great fun putting the store-bought color tablets in vinegar and watching them fizz, and then deciding which part of an egg to dip in which color and for how long. Sometimes, I used a crayon to draw a pattern on the shell so that when t...
Have you ever wondered about experimenting with different herbs to make the perfect cup of tea? If so, you’ll be glad to know that it is extremely simple to infuse tea—and absolutely refreshing.
I recently attended an interesting lecture on outdoor container gardening at The Boston Flower and Garden Show. I thought I’d post some of the tips on how to create a basic planter.
When numbers on a thermometer dip, it’s a good idea to check for frostbite—and be aware of the symptoms and prevention. If you live in a colder climate and are hardy enough to weather the elements, the temperature outdoors should not keep you indoors, within reason. However, when it is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or l...
Late in the harvest, we often find some extra-large veggies. This morning, I finally pulled up a monster carrot that I'd been eyeing in my garden. (See pic below.) Do you have any great vegetable photos to share? Large or little? Show us the good and the bad! Load your photos here—select "Vegetables....
As much as I love roasted Roma tomatoes, Tomato Tarte Tatin, which appeared in the August issue of Bon Appetit, has become my new second-favorite way to cook these plum-shaped fruits. This is a sweet, not savory, dish best enjoyed as dessert or a treat—not a vegetable side dish.
There is something special about summer reading. Sitting back in the porch rocker with a glass of iced tea sweating on the table next to you…heaven! Now imagine this-- you are completely immersed in a book. You cannot put it down. You have totally unplugged yourself from the television, phone, and computer. You depri...
Through the summer, I have suet hanging on a hook on my deck next to the hummingbird feeder. I can see the feeders from my kitchen table and have enjoyed the best bird watching in years.
This past weekend, I hauled compost from the recycling center across the road. (I make my own but not enough for this space. It's best for pots.) I got four banana boxes from the supermarket and made, I think‚ 10 trips. Round trip was less than a mile and it was backbreaking work at 90+ degrees, but it enabled me...
This week, I was musing about how much I've learned about gardening in the past year. If you're a beginner, perhaps some of the little things I've learned along the way will help you! If you're well beyond the beginner stage, I hope that you'll share some of your biggest lessons—perhaps with amusem...
Some of the most interesting plant containers are ones that were not originally intended for the purpose. A few I months ago I bought supermarket salad greens in a clear, shoe box-size plastic container, with a separate lid, and, after eating the contents (which, oddly enough, were packed in a cellophane bag), resisted brin...