St. John’s Wort

One of my dearest new friends recently asked me to name my favorite herbs and I had to think fast. It felt like choosing my favorite child because I love so many for their own unique gifts. St. John’s wort, or Hypericum perforatum, was one of the plants I named. Sunday was summer solstice — [...]

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The Birds and the Bees

I’ve still got it. It’s been years, but I just dusted off my bee gloves, the smoker and goofy hat with the netting and gingerly got back in the bee business. Some weeks ago I found a discarded bird’s nest under one of our huge cedar trees. At first I wasn’t sure what it was [...]

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Why I’m A Fan Of Poop

Bizarre as it sounds, I’m a big fan of poop. No, not the kind you’re thinking of, but manure, and especially composted horse manure. It’s rich in nitrogen and not as “hot” as chicken manure so there’s much less chance of burning your plants while you’re trying to feed them. I’m fortunate that the property [...]

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Remembering My Mama

Last weekend I found this basket when I was clearing out the cabinets in my mother’s kitchen. My dad, who was directing my efforts at the time, said “You can get rid of that.” I’m sure he didn’t realize that I had made this basket about 15 years ago when I was just beginning my [...]

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