Entries by Becky Hansen

Nasturtiums!

by Heather Stone The bright, rich colors of nasturtium flowers make an impact along the edge of the border, in a pot or climbing a wall or trellis. Their gorgeous rounded leaves, much like a water lily, are a vibrant shade of green with a few varieties having variegated leaves. These easy to grow annuals […]

 

What is your favorite tomato?

by Heather Stone What’s your favorite tomato? All true tomato lovers and growers have a few tomato varieties that they just couldn’t imagine not growing and always recommend to their friends and fellow gardeners. One popular heirloom variety that continues to be a favorite among many and consistently wins taste tests across the country is […]

 

WHY ARE NATIVE PLANTS IMPORTANT?

by Engrid Winslow Honey bees are not native to the United States but were imported in the 1600s by colonists from Europe. Already here when honey bees arrived were 50 species of bumblebees and over 4,400 species of native bees. Bumblebees are especially efficient at buzz pollination. (Check out this blog for more information on bumblebees: […]

 

FIVE REASONS TO RELISH THE RADISH

By Engrid Winslow There are two primary types of radish – one hails from Asia (the most common ones are daikon which is large and white) but there is also the large sweet and remarkably pink Watermelon Radish. Watermelon radishes are delicious raw and can be substituted for a cracker in crudités and they also […]

 

TOP 10 VEGETABLES FOR PART SHADE

by Heather Stone Do you have a garden that gets more shade than sun, but you still want to grow vegetables? No problem! There are plenty of vegetables that will grow well with partial sun. We’ve put together a list for you of vegetables that perform well with 6 hours or less of direct sunlight. […]

 

Anise Hyssop- Herb of the Year

By Heather Stone Every year since 1995 the International Herb Association has named an Herb of the Year. This year’s selection is Anise hyssop, Agastache foeniculum. This North American native wildflower has a lot to offer in the garden, the kitchen, the medicine chest and to the pollinators.   Anise hyssop is native to the […]

 

How To Make Easy and Delicious Sauerkraut

by Sam Doll Everybody is fermenting! From deliciously tart Kombucha to mouthwatering sourdough, home-fermented foods are the foodie trend du jour. Fermentation projects can be intimidating though. Many require multiple steps, special equipment, and difficult to find ingredients. Ready for a step up? Check out our guide to making your own Kombucha at home! So […]