The general rule of thumb is to plant seeds and bulbs approximately two to three times as deep as their size. So a seed that measures 1/8 of an inch could be planted 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch deep. Bulbs by their size, are buried much deeper and can go even lower. Many gardeners… Continue reading Daffodils…How Low Should You Grow?
How to Grow Wildflowers
GROW WILD! INDIGENOUS PLANTS DEFINED ~ a plant that lives or grows naturally in a particular region without direct or indirect human intervention. When it comes to sowing wildflowers, the most common misconception is that you can wander out onto your lawn, shake one of those pretty cans of wildflower seeds into the wind, and nature… Continue reading How to Grow Wildflowers
Fifteen Facts about Fireweed
Fireweed Chamerion angustifolium is so named because it is the first plant to spread like a welcome weed following a fire.A single fireweed plant produces an incredible 80,000 seeds! Each seed is equipped with tiny umbrella-like tufts that allows them to soar through the air peppering the entire landscape with pink possibilities. The main reason… Continue reading Fifteen Facts about Fireweed
Five Fast Facts about Bumblebees
There are over 255 different species of bumblebees in the world. The largest is the Bombus dahlbomii which can grow up to 4 cm (1.6 inches) long. The smallest is the Perdita minima who measures in at less than 2 mm.Unlike honeybees, bumblebees do not die after stinging. Bumblebees flap their wings 130 times per… Continue reading Five Fast Facts about Bumblebees
Five Fast Daffodil Facts and Folklore
Daffodils have become synonymous with April and Cancer awareness month, but they are actually the official birth flower of March. Given optimum growing conditions, a field of daffodils can rebloom for 50 years before needing rejuvenation. Daffodils are the official national flower of Wales. Spotting the first daffodil of the season while in Wales is… Continue reading Five Fast Daffodil Facts and Folklore
Yarrow in the Herb Garden
Achilleas millefolium's flat white blossoms with their multitude of tiny, perfect flowers and silver-green feathery foliage are a familiar sight in the ditches and fields of Canada. Sadly, as familiarity breeds contempt, the lowly white yarrow is too often denied its rightful place in the herb garden. Yarrow gets its Latin name from Achilles, the… Continue reading Yarrow in the Herb Garden
If Basil is like a diva who begs for a sweater on a balmy spring morning, Chives is the guy who drapes his leather jacket over her shoulders and flexes his tattooed muscles with nary a goose bump in sight. Hardy down to zone 2 Allium schoenoprasumis the last plant to say die in the fall and the first… Continue reading Chive Talk
Herb Strewer an Ancient Occupation
If you’ve never heard of Herb Strewers as an occupation, it is likely because the job has been obsolete for almost two hundred years. And that’s a shame. Well, sort of. While the image of making a living strewing herbs is alluring, especially for us garden types, the necessity of the occupation was a little… Continue reading Herb Strewer an Ancient Occupation
Trees and Bulbs Make Great Companions!
Planting a sea of spring bulbs beneath a deciduous tree (trees that lose their leaves in the fall) is a perfect pairing.
Three Great Uses for Chamomile Tea
If you would like to grow chamomile in your herb garden for making your own tea, choose German Chamomile Matricaria recutita.