All in GROW
Do you want to create a garden that is super-easy to maintain, requires few resources, attracts and supports native pollinators and wildlife, and offers a natural landscape that works with nature instead of against nature? A landscape that requires little effort?
Milkweed is so much more than a weed. A little research revealed a fascinating history, a toxic relationship and a sweet-scented flower that lures pollinators into the garden.
The final garden report for this year: garlic planting, animal manure, sheet mulch method and lots of mulch.
My version of a garden journal and easy to share it with you. My recipe for a Homemade Pest Control Spray. My thoughts on what I did right and what I will do differently next season.
Probably the most colorful genera of the pea family in the Pacific Northwest, lupines serve multiple ecological functions: they offer protein-rich food for a variety of animals and as a legume, lupines are nitrogen fixers, improving the health of the soil. Called Wolf Flower for several confusing and differing reasons, the lupine is a lovely plant that blooms in the spring and summer.
My way of record keeping and sharing with you! What happens to old seeds, dealing with Mother Nature, catching up on garden chores and mostly just patting myself (and my worker bee interns) on the back.
A wonderful post from a guest contributor: One of the many hats that Dan Richardson wears is VP of Suksdorfia Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society. I serve as the newsletter editor for our local chapter and Dan recently submitted this lovely article for a recent edition. I was thrilled when he agreed to let me post it here. Lots of good information including 3 simple steps for gardeners and homeowners to do. He also included a list of resources. Enjoy!
This is a guest post from my friend and fellow gardener and herbalist, Victoria Polmatier. She eloquently expresses the emotions we go through when we say goodbye to friends. For gardeners and herbalists, our family of friends includes the plants we lovingly tend to in our gardens. In this heartfelt essay, Victoria describes perfectly the soulful workings of a gardener.
Here's the dirt on four easy-to-grow herbs that flavor your food and drink, offer simple remedies and lure pollinators to the patio and the garden.
A review of a great book that explains how to get the best bang for your nutritional buck by selecting the right cultivars, prepping to ensure nutrient preservation and cooking for health. You may be surprised at what you learn!
The task of seed-buying is not difficult but understanding the world of seeds and seed ownership is important. I dig in and explain what you should consider when buying seeds for your garden.