Growing Blueberries

Duke, Toro, Reka, Sunshine Blue, Chippewa, Bluecrop, Chandler and Legacy.  If you recognize these names you might be salivating at the thought of all the delicious varieties of blueberry plants that grow here in the Northwest.  Now is a good time to shop for plants because with ripening berries you can sample the fruit from different varieties to discover your favorite.  These taste tests can … Continue reading Growing Blueberries

Rhubarb Spray for Garden Pests

I like it when we use plants to help plants.  I am quite positive that all of our problems can be solved with plants.  Hungry?  Eat a plant.  Sick?  Medicinal plants.  Feeling blue?  Smell a rose.  Need fresh air?  Plant a tree.  The list goes on and on….but, here is an ingenious recipe from the book Great Garden Formulas by Benjamin and Martin editors.  Apparently … Continue reading Rhubarb Spray for Garden Pests

Stinging Nettle Tea

Stinging nettles can fertilize your roses!  Turn this painful native perennial into a nourishing foliar spray or soil drench for your plants.  Nettles contain nitrogen, potassium, magnesium and iron that make an excellent plant tonic.  Here’s the recipe from Growing Roses Organically by Barbara Wilde: 1.  Cut the nettles. Wearing gloves, cut the plants at around half their height.  Using shears or pruners, roughly chop the … Continue reading Stinging Nettle Tea

Book Review: The Cook and the Gardener by Amanda Hesser

The Cook and the Gardener, A Year of Recipes and Writings from the French Countryside is primarily a cookbook, but woven among the 632 pages of chopping and measuring, butter and salt are beautifully written words about a french country gardener and how he works and lives.  Amanda Hesser is a cook living in France for a year and Monsieur Milbert the estate gardener.  Through her … Continue reading Book Review: The Cook and the Gardener by Amanda Hesser