Gut Health

  Yeah, I know. No one wants to talk about gut health.  Not really. But here’s the reality, folks. Our lives are full of stressors.  Some of us more than others.  Most of us are stressed out.  Life, kids, careers, getting by, political climate, financial stressors.  So. Much. Stress. We suffer from reflux, anxiety, depression,…

Milk Thistle

  Many view all thistles – even milk thistle – as an invasive weed. Well, aside from the fact that they DO tend to take over wild areas, thistles – and milk thistle especially – are valuable forage for pollinators of all kinds, butterflies, and birds. What a lot of folks don’t know is the…

Your Gardening Calendar for July 2018

As the summer marches on, so do the list of gardening chores we need to do. Maintenance and Clean Up Mound soil up around base of potatoes.  Watch for blooming to tell you when it’s time to harvest.  If you’re gardening these using the tire method or the bag method, keep piling on the straw! …

Perfect companions usually never have fewer than four feet …

Unless you’re using companion planting in your yards, gardens, flower beds and orchards. Companion planting can combine beauty and good effects to give you a healthy and enjoyable environment. As gardeners, we are curious and creative folk. So let your imagination soar. There are many ways to incorporate the useful and helpful plants into your…

Santolina is a gorgeous addition to your gardens

Santolina, both the green and gray varieties, are extremely versatile in the landscape. They are drought resistant, but will adapt to just about every climate.  This plant is also known as “lavender cotton” and is actually a perennial herb. It can be used as a groundcover or upright ornamental. Many gardeners will lop off the…

Gardening Calendar – October 2017

All summer, many of us have yearned for cooler weather.  Meteorologists are calling for frost this week.  Again.  And time, once again, marches us into the fall. There’s tons to do before the gardens are put to bed.  There are a couple of important things that you might want to think about before that, though,…

Gardening Calendar for September … And Stuff.

It’s always … And Stuff. From time to time, various companies with natural products, or products that appeal to me (coffee makers, anyone?), invite me to test out their Stuff.  So I do, you know, because … Stuff. The folks at New York Biology have sent me a bunch of different things to try; essential…

You can still grow stuff before the snow flies!

These end-of-summer edibles delight in hot days and muggy nights and grow quickly enough to produce a harvest in two months or less. When the heat brings an end to the harvest of lettuce, peas, and many other cool-weather crops, it’s time to compost the sun-scorched remains of those spring edibles to open up garden…

Should you really prune your tomatoes?

It’s true – we’re actually screeching up on the end of the growing season for veggies in our home gardens.  I’ve heard from many of you that a veritable sea of tomatoes have covered your kitchen counters, and are populating the branches of your tomato plants that are still quite green.  Some of you have…

It is WAAAY too hot outside…

Southern Oregon has been hit with a heatwave. Seriously, it was cooler in Death Valley yesterday than it was here. DEATH VALLEY, people! That doesn’t mean, however, that gardening stops. Those plants won’t take care of themselves! So it’s all about go out and sweat for a while. It’s fogging my glasses. It’s in my…