Did you know that many of the plants growing right around you have medicinal properties? From weeds like dandelion and mullein to natives growing in the nearby hills like willow and arnica, as well as culinary garden plants like thyme, lavender and sage. You are surrounded by nature’s pharmacy! All of these and so many more are easy to find, grow, preserve and use.
Arranging fresh-cut flowers in a vase brings extra hours of joy for everyone in your home. Here are some easy-to-use techniques to give longer life to your flowers and foliages when harvesting from your garden:
Would you like to own a playful garden that makes people smile? You can--simply by incorporating whimsical elements into your landscape.
Whimsy can take all forms, from perky plants to gleeful garden art.
Try filling pots with colorful or unusual plants, such as pencil cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli), paddle plant (Kalanchoe luciae), pumpkin on a stick (Solanum integrifolium) or foxtail fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers'), which resembles a jester's hat. Watch out for pencil cactus' irritating, milky sap, however.
Despite appearances, winter is a fine time to begin to address what is arguably the most important aspect of growing any plants in your space: how you move water around your ground. Remember, SOIL NEVER FREEZES. Water freezes, the water in your soil freezes, the water in your plants freezes, but soil itself never does. Those old-timers with their root cellars and sod homes knew that soil is an unparalleled insulator. And during our upcoming times of snow and melt, you can use that period to observe how water changes state by walking your field or yard or garden.