Photo by Melody

Dave's Garden Articles: By Diana Wind

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Gardening picture

Superfruit ~ Acai Berry, Euterpe oleracea
By Diana Wind (wind)

Last October the National Restaurant Association surveyed over one thousand chefs asking them to predict ‘what’s hot in 2009’. More than half (73%) predicted superfruits would be a hot trend. Goji (pronounced go-gee) and Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) and their related products are indeed hot sellers this year. Can we grow these Superfruits in our gardens?

Continue reading »

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Gardening picture

Spider Mite Rose Attack
By Diana Wind (wind)

Usually insects and arachnids live in our gardens peacefully, and we don’t even know they are there. Every now and then, though, they declare war on us, and our plants show signs of attack. Spider mites are a common garden pest that can severely attack when conditions are right. When they feast on beautiful roses, they create a not-so-rosy picture.

Continue reading »

Friday, June 25, 2010

Gardening picture

Victorian Gardens of Cape May
By Diana Wind (wind)

Cape May, New Jersey features beautiful beaches, Victorian homes and gardens, butterflies, raptors, songbirds, shorebirds, ruby-throated hummingbirds and wetlands. The Cape is nestled in a peninsula at the southern most tip of New Jersey, where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. This National historic landmark attracts travelers from around the world.

Continue reading »

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Gardening picture

Basil, the King of Herbs
By Diana Wind (wind)

BASIL (Ocimum basilicum) is derived from the Greek word 'basileus', which means King. Is basil the best herb (i.e., King) or was basil fit for Kings, since it is supposed to offer protection from the mythological half-lizard/half-dragon of death? I cannot tell you those answers; maybe you can tell me. What I can share with you is my love for the many varieties of basil, along with the nutrition profile and popular culinary uses for sweet basil.

Continue reading »

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Gardening picture

Growing Asparagus
By Diana Wind (wind)

Once you decide to plant nutritious asparagus in your garden, there are only a few things left to decide: 1) what cultivar(s)? 2) crowns or seeds? and, 3) where to plant your perennial asparagus patch? Asparagus could make a home in your kitchen garden for 20 or more years!

Continue reading »

Friday, April 16, 2010

Gardening picture

Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)
By Diana Wind (wind)

The more you learn about watercress, the more likely you are to include this tasty member of the mustard family in your diet. Discover gardening information about watercress, and why scientists find this nutrient-rich herb so fascinating.

Continue reading »

Monday, April 12, 2010

Gardening picture

Homemade Ground Pepper Spices
By Diana Wind (wind)

No need to purchase ground cayenne, ground red pepper, paprika, curry powder, chili powder, or Tandoori seasoning, when you can easily make some from hot and sweet peppers grown in your own garden.

Continue reading »

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Gardening picture

Celebrate National Nutrition Month by Gardening with Children
By Diana Wind (wind)

You will love the theme selected by the American Dietetic Association for this year’s National Nutrition Month. 'Nutrition from the Ground Up' can be celebrated all year long, not just during the month of March. After visiting various children’s gardens in backyards, community gardens, and at camps and schools, I would like to share with you 10 of the best plants to include in a children’s garden (this article includes the first five).

Continue reading »

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Gardening picture

Tango, the Garden Cat ~ part 3: Home for Christmas
By Diana Wind (wind)

This is the final chapter of a 3-part miniseries about a feral outdoor cat we named Tango, who one day arrived in our garden. Tango's garden adventure reminds us of the plight of millions of feral cats struggling daily for survival. Tango and his friends also made my family think about how we felt about other peoples' cats hanging out in our garden. Would they be welcome in your garden?

Continue reading »

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Gardening picture

Job's Tears - A Fascinating Plant
By Diana Wind (wind)

Participating in seed swaps here on Dave's Garden sure has wonderful rewards. In a swap last season I received seeds for a plant called Job's Tears, Coix lacryma-jobi. A member of the Poaceae (grass) family, it is quite a fascinating plant.

Continue reading »

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gardening picture

Osmarini, Rosmarinus officinalis
By Diana Wind (wind)

Rosemary is a tender herb with edible, aromatic, evergreen, needle-like leaves, resembling pine needles. This easy-to-grow, woody perennial herb is available in both cascading and upright forms. Rosemary's unique flavor remains potent when dried, making it renowned by chefs and cooks across the country. My favorite recipe using dried Rosemary is Rosemary Roasted Potato ‘Fries’, a healthy alternative to fast-food french fries.

Continue reading »

Friday, June 12, 2009

Gardening picture

Watermelon, Citrullus lanatus ~ Nutrition & Growing Tips
By Diana Wind (wind)

Today’s hybridizing techniques are taking watermelon to a new high for nutrition and health. Fresh watermelon is still available, so don’t miss out on its summertime flavor and nutritional benefits. Learn from watermelon growers on how to grow the many varieties of this super fruit in your own garden.

Continue reading »

Monday, May 18, 2009

Gardening picture

Ayurvedic Herb: Coleus forskohlii
By Diana Wind (wind)

Appreciated since Victorian times, Coleus (now Solenostemon) lights up gardens and window boxes like precious gems. Some species are edible herbs and root vegetables too, with medicinal health claims. I consulted with representatives from Gaia Herbs in North Carolina, and with Coleus expert Ray Rogers in search of health and nutrition information about the Ayurvedic herb, Coleus forskohlii.

Continue reading »

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Gardening picture

Tango, the Garden Cat ~ part 2: Tango's Garden Adventure
By Diana Wind (wind)

It's time for part 2 of the fictional short story Tango, the Garden Cat. The adventure is written for all ages to enjoy, based on a true story of a cat that just arrived in our backyard garden. Tango is a feral, outdoor cat that may never rest in the comfort of a cozy, safe, indoor bed. A brief article inspired by a no-kill, cat shelter's garden, designed by a Master Gardener, precedes the story.

Continue reading »

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Gardening picture

Lichen, an Ecosystem Wonder
By Diana Wind (wind)

My inspiration to write about lichens came from a lichen-covered, dying red maple in our front yard. For lichens, every day is Earth Day. Like people, lichens need a clean environment to thrive. Celebrate Earth Day by doing something good for the environment. Baked goods always enhance a celebration; I hope you enjoy the recipe at the end of the article.

Continue reading »

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Gardening picture

Irresistible Chocolate Garden Color
By Diana Wind (wind)

For an irresistible garden, try planting a few 'dark' or 'chocolate' plants alongside plants of contrasting foliage and bloom color; the combinations are endless. And for a special treat, add a chocolate garden kiss and watch the butterflies come!

Continue reading »

Friday, March 13, 2009

Gardening picture

Celebrate National Nutrition Month!
By Diana Wind (wind)

Computers and cell phones often keep us distracted from fitness and glued to our couches. Celebrate National Nutrition Month ® by getting up and out in your garden for physical activity, and eating fresh fruits and vegetables from your healthy nutritional harvest. Included in this article is a nutrition word find puzzle.

Continue reading »

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Gardening picture

Superfruit ~ Goji Berry, Lycium barbarum
By Diana Wind (wind)

Last October the National Restaurant Association surveyed over one thousand chefs asking them to predict ‘what’s hot in 2009’. More than half (73%) predicted superfruits would be a hot trend. Goji (pronounced go-gee) and Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) and their related products are indeed hot sellers this year. Can we grow these superfruits in our gardens?

Continue reading »

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Gardening picture

A Chocolate Garden
By Diana Wind (wind)

Now is a great time to dream up new garden ideas. Allow yourself the time and pleasure to dream, imagine and design a sensational Chocolate Garden to savor with all your senses.

Continue reading »

Friday, December 12, 2008

Gardening picture

Garden Photography ~ part 2
By Diana Wind (wind)

"Garden Photography ~ Part 1" asserted that photography is a treasured art that touches our lives and hearts, and it presented garden photographs from some of Dave's Garden members. "Garden Photography ~ Part 2" includes a brief discussion of how far digital camera technology has come, and it features more inspiring garden photographs by Dave's Garden members, along with tips by professional photographers Ian Adams and Claire Takacs.

Continue reading »

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Gardening picture

Garden Photography ~ part 1
By Diana Wind (wind)

Photography is a treasured art that captures the moment, stimulates memories, conveys a message, educates, overcomes cultural and language barriers, evokes emotion and touches our lives and hearts. Enjoy these inspiring garden photographs from amazing amateurs, and after that...grab your camera and start taking pictures!

Continue reading »

« Previous Page 1 | 2


We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2014 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hope for America