I adore Swiss Chard. But did you know that you can not only use the leaves, you can use the stems too? Don’t compost or throw out the stems. They taste similar to celery. So, let’s make soup–Swiss Chard Stem soup!
Are you afraid to wash your hand washables? Not feeling the Woolite these days? I don’t blame you. This product received a D rating on Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning. What if I told you there is an herb that is a natural soap and gentle on your clothing? Yep, we talked about […]
Ever walk in the forest and spot this beautiful plant with a tiny orange flower? It may be Jewelweed, which is actually poison ivy’s antidote. It often grows near poison ivy which is quite ironic. But Jewelweed isn’t just for preventing a poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak rash. It is also for […]
Years ago, I purchased a soapwort plant from a plant sale. When it bloomed the following year, I was pleasantly surprised with its bell shaped pink flowers and powdery smell. It grows to about 2 to 3 feet tall. I never thought much about this plant until one day I researched it to find out […]
Did you plant too many plants this summer and are expecting a boat load of veggies? Or buy too many vegetables at the farmer’s market? I feel your pain since every year I face this dilemma. So what is a veggie lover to do? Sure, you can give away your abundance to your friends and […]
Poison Ivy and I are not friends. Half of the time, I don’t even see it. I think the oil lurks in my wood mulch or I touch it hidden among my plants. Every year–especially when it gets hot and humid, I get those obvious bumps and familiar itch. With 10 year of gardening under […]
If I had to pick one vegetable that is extremely easy to grow, Swiss Chard would be my #1 pick. While other greens are wilting or bolting from the heat, Swiss Chard just laughs at the heat and flourishes. In addition, it is a stunner in the garden with its bright leaves and matching ribs. […]
Since I started growing and harvesting my own herbs, I have learned a trick or two on how to preserve them for optimal use. Believe me, you don’t want washed up looking or tasteless herbs. Here are 5 tips on how to store dried herbs. If you don’t grow your own, I will also provide tips […]