Consider this your bulb-buying reminder, nay warning. Now is the time to buy bulbs to plant for fall. If you want tulips, daffodils, purple hyacinths, blue chionodoxa, fritillaria in cream, orange, yellow or even dusky purple, you need to order now. Otherwise, you’ll be sad in November when you sit down to the computer to [...]
Can you freeze bell peppers? Certainly. There are several ways but I like this quick and easy method I found on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln website. It's the same as the one I use to freeze berries so I savor summer even in the snowy winter. 'Candy Apple' Bell Peppers just starting to turn red, a great variety with thick walls I've been waiting patiently for my bell peppers to turn that gorgeous shade of red that gives color and sweetness to any recipe. Imagine my disappointment when I noticed that the plant was so weighed down with beautiful bells...
Book end your growing season in the vegetable garden with cool-season crops including lettuce, spinach, radishes, beets and other leafy greens like mustard. These crops, commonly grown in early spring, can also be planted in late summer for a fall harvest.
August is the time to look around the vegetable garden for bare places to plant fall garden crops. You can make room for these vegetables by removing any plants which are no longer producing. Perhaps you still have some spring-planted lettuce and radishes that long ago bolted and set seed and you never got around to pulling them out? ...
Mercy has always been one of Grumpy’s most endearing traits, but not when it comes to these five bad bugs. If the Big Guy granted me absolute power, I’d exterminate every single one of them right now. Doomed Bad Bug #1 — Yellow Jacket (above) Who has anything nice to say about yellow jackets? They build nests in crevices, holes […]
Even the big ag companies that produce our fruits and vegetables can engage in some misleading marketing, whether it’s a fib about what vine ripened means or deceptive “made with real fruit” claims. Not to mention that our food comes from all over the place. Tomatoes are often imported from Mexico; greens from China. This …
Bigger isn’t always better in gardening. Two new spider flowers prove the point. Their compact growth and continuous color make them two of the most impressive annuals Grumpy has admired this year. Native to South America, spider flower (Cleome hasslerana) has been a Southern favorite for ages. It gets its name from long stamens resembling spider legs that protrude […]
nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha® Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and specific private label nut butters (listed below) packaged in glass and plastic jars because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Recently I posted a picture of myself in my kitchen, and I immediately started receiving generous messages from people wanting to help me “update” it. Along with their messages came pictures of how my kitchen could look, if I’d just put some effort and money into it. I’ve always loved my kitchen, but after seeing those pictures I found myself looking at it through new, critical eyes.
Botanically-inspired Art meets Floral Design in this hands-on workshop. Each participant will draw from artwork in the 'Inflorescence' show and her/his personal style to create a custom floral design or bouquet using NW-grown flowers. Eco-friendly design techniques and care tips included. For gardeners, DIY designers and flower lovers!