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Borage – A Popular And Beautiful Potherb

Borage In Early Summer

Borage is an annual herb with coarse hairy leaves and stems. It grows between 2 to 3 feet tall and often spreads as wide. Borage (Borago officinalis) is also known as “starflower” and is sometimes called “bee bread”. That’s because of the sky-blue star shaped flowers and because borage is a bee magnet. The honey…

Growing Dish Towels In The Garden

Tied Flax Shock Against Fence Post

A couple of days ago I harvested the flax that I planted in the early spring. This year’s flax crop did very well because we’ve had plenty of rain. Lots of moisture is of benefit when growing flax. But rain is also a benefit to unwanted garden weeds. The flax plot this year was very…

Garlic Scapes – Use This Simple Trick For Bigger Garlic

Garlic Plants With Scapes

A garlic scape is the immature flower of a garlic plant. All varieties of garlic will produce a scape, but only the hard neck Rocambole type of garlic will produce a scape that curls. The curl of the stem is the reason Rocambole garlic is sometimes called “Serpent Garlic“. Yesterday I cut the scapes off…

Home Grown Flax For Linen Getting Ready To Bloom

Home Grown Fax For Linen Getting Ready To Bloom

A few of the plants in the small plot of flax that I sowed in the early spring are just beginning to show blue. I think full bloom is probably still a week or 10 days away. We’ve had perfect weather this spring for growing flax but the plot isn’t as thick I had hoped…

Is It Really Safe To Grow Fruits & Vegetables In Tires?

Watermelon Being Grown In A Tire

Well That All Depends Upon Who You Talk ToMy husband Rick loves watermelon! So every year we grow a couple of watermelon plants in one of our two our vegetable gardens.  The soil in our gardens is perfect for melons, and summer rainfall is usually more than adequate.   By September if we’ve had a…

Aphids – What They Are & Ways To Control Them

Aphids On Roses

I noticed the other day that my rose bushes have aphids. WHAT’S AN APHID? Aphids, sometimes called plant lice, are very small sap sucking insects. There are many different species of aphids and they come in different sizes. Aphids may be green, red, brown, black and sometimes a fuzzy white or gray. All aphids no…

A Small Plot Of Flax For Home Grown Linen

A Small Plot Sown In Flax

In spite of all the moving/not moving craziness, I managed to sow a small plot of flax for cloth . The variety that I planted this year is called “Marylin”. From first sowing the seed to harvest is about 100 days. I used a garden spreader to sow the flax seed instead of just broadcasting…