• What I’m Reading: Sunset Western Garden Book

    It would be difficult to find a bookshelf that still houses an encyclopedia. But, there is a joy in searching for information without a screen. The New Sunset Western Garden Book should be on the shelf of every gardener in the western United States (that includes Alaska and Hawaii). This curated volume is the must have guide […]

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  • How to Make Calendula Salve From Your Own Flowers

    First, let’s clear some confusion. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is a European native that often goes by its common name ‘pot marigold.’ However, the plant that goes by the common name ‘marigold’ (Tagetes spp.) is an entirely different plant that is often called ‘French Marigold’ despite being native to the Americas. Still confused? Here it is again: […]

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  • 10 Plants to Grow With Kids That Will Inspire a Love for the Garden

    Kids are instinctively attracted to the garden. Earthworms, dirty hands, colorful blooms, strange fruit and eating make gardening with kids easy. Think beyond watermelons and strawberries and try these ten plants. 10 Plants to Grow With Kids 1. Strawberry Popcorn (Zea mays ‘strawberry popcorn’) The word ‘popcorn’ is enough to get any kid excited and […]

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  • Mexican Sour Gherkin Pickles: Tiny Watermelons in a Jar

    Mexican Sour Gherkins (Melothria scabra) look like tiny watermelons and taste similar to cucumbers but are neither. Native to Mexico and Central America where they are called sanditas (little watermelon), fruits can be pickled, thrown in salads, sautéed with oil and garlic or snacked on in the garden. Kids especially enjoy searching the vine for ripe […]

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