Entries by Becky Hansen

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

by Sam Doll There are so many reasons to enjoy the month of October, but one of the truly special traditions is carving spooky jack-o-lanterns for Halloween! While making funny faces and creative carvings can be a blast, I get most excited for turning the slimy guts of the pumpkins into crispy, salty, roasted pumpkin […]

 

Honey Bee Swarms

HONEYBEE SWARMS: CA– USE FOR CONCERN? by The Bees Waggle Swarming is a large cluster of honeybees (tens of thousands!) hanging in a ball from a surface, and it begins in the spring.  It is reproduction of honeybee colonies. How, you ask? The hive is considered a super organism, which means all parts are uniquely necessary to […]

 

Seed Hoarders

Thank goodness that “Hoarders” TV show doesn’t ever focus on seed hoarders. Gardeners who are very tidy and organized and otherwise not people who collect or hoard things can secretly have boxes full of seed from years and years of saving.  Sometimes the seeds are gifts from friends, or seeds ordered because you forgot you has […]

 

Fall Blooming Plants for Pollinators

by Heather Stone As the days become shorter and the nights cooler and the season shifts from summer to fall many of us can find our gardens to be a little lackluster. Not much is blooming after the abundance of color throughout the spring and summer.   This is where fall blooming plants come in. […]

 

Drying: An Easy Way to Preserve Your Herbs

Leaves If you’re harvesting leaves, the best time to pick is before the plant begins to flower. Flowers If you’re harvesting flowers, harvest the blossoms just before they are in full bloom. Seeds If you’re harvesting seeds, the seeds should remain on the plant until they are fully mature and begin to dry.   Here […]

 

12 Easy Ways to Save Water Now

 by Heather Stone No matter where you live reducing your water use is important. Water is a finite resource and we are using more of it than ever. Did you know that the average American uses 88 gallons of water a day at home? In comparison, Europeans use about half that and in sub –Saharan […]