It's time to read and vote for your favorite article in the 2013 Write-Off Contest! The four finalist's articles are featured in the May 13 newsletter and can be found through this link. Hurry! Voting ends May 18.
I call it frugal gardening; my daughter calls it just plain embarrassing. What seems reasonable to the gardener can seem quite strange to the onlooker. But why pay for something when we can get it for free?
Regardless of the weather outside, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme can bring beauty and fragrance to your home anytime of the year. Fresh herbs liven up your recipes with little effort and oh so much pleasure! Just a few pots, a bright windowsill and a little attention will keep your herbs happy for months to come.
Look in any magazine or craft book at Christmas time and you'll find pine cones tucked into most any decor. You'll find them worked into wreaths and garlands, in a centerpiece, potpourri, hanging as an ornament on the tree or scented and placed in a basket.
In the classic Arsenic and Old Lace, Aunt Abby and Aunt Martha poisoned lonely old bachelors with their concotion of spiked elderberry wine. Let's talk about some less lethal uses for the elderberry shrub.
East, West, North or South, Lavender Festivals are a popular summer celebration in all parts of the country. Purple fields, intoxicated bees and the wonderful smell of lavender wafting through the air await you.
With the concern over the disappearance of honeybees, known as Colony Collapse Disorder, we can only wonder what, if anything we can do to help to create an environment for beneficial insects in our gardens.
Lavender is the most versatile herb I have used. At one time I had well over a dozen bushes. As it dries in my home, I enjoy the fragrance, as well as the comments from family and friends, "I love the way your house smells!"