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Elderberry Syrup: Kick that Cold & Flu to the Curb Naturally

Are you tired of using the over the counter flu and cold medicine?  Searching for a better healthier, more natural alternative for your family?  Let me introduce you to elderberry syrup, a wonderful immune booster and cold slayer from berries that  naturally grow all over the world! The Journey to the Berry I have always [...]Show More Summary

Six Gardener Holiday Gifts from Black Thumbs

  Holiday shopping can be tough if you have to get a gift for a gardener and you don’t have a green thumb. Well, girlfriends, I have you covered with 6 gardener holiday gifts that they will dig. I know since I am “one of them.” We live and breath gardening and bore people to [...] The post Six Gardener Holiday Gifts from Black Thumbs appeared first on Green Talk®.

Dandelion Root Tea: Coffee Substitute with Added Benefits

Are you addicted to coffee and looking for a healthy alternative?  Believe it or not, the answer may simply lie in your backyard–dandelion roots! Actually dandelion root tea.   Those pesky dandelions can be used as a coffee substitute with the added benefits of  vitamin A, B, C, and D as well as iron, potassium [...]Show More Summary

Egyptian Spinach: Got Spinach Frustration? Grow This Heat Lovin One Instead

Are you completely frustrated by grown spinach? I am since spinach doesn’t like the heat and our springs are just too short.   Since I discovered a spinach alternative,  heat loving Egyptian spinach (also known as Jews’ Mallow,)  I no longer grow spinach.  And I have never looked back. Anna, tell me more. I thought you [...]Show More Summary

Comfrey Fertilizer: Your Garden’s Best Friend

Have you ever wondered if you could ditch the store bought fertilizer and use what is in your garden?  After realizing that even organic fertilizer may have unwanted animal ingredients,  I decided to make comfrey fertilizer which is rich in nutrients.  It grows like a weed in my garden.  A girl can only harvest so [...]Show More Summary

Herb Stem Vinegar: Don’t throw out the Stems!

  Did you know you could be throwing money down the drain when using fresh herbs? Why?  I bet you throw away the stems.   Well, I am here to tell you to save those stems and make your own herb stem vinegar!  Let’s get started! Yep.  We are going to infuse our fresh stems [...] The post Herb Stem Vinegar: Don’t throw out the Stems! appeared first on Green Talk®.

Bacterial Wilt: Game Over for Squash, Cukes, and Melons

  One day your zucchini, cucumber, squash or melons are looking glorious and healthy, and then next day one of them just dies.  Flat as a pancake.  Wilted, limp, and no heartbeat. What the heck just happened?  The culprit is –not squash vine borer, like you thought–but bacterial wilt.   Yep, bacterial wilt.  So learn [...]Show More Summary

Russian Tarragon. Should it Have a Place in Your Garden?

Did you know there are two different tarragons?  One is Russian Tarragon  and the other is French Tarragon.  The later is used in cooking.  So what is Russian Tarragon and why haven’t you heard much about it? Probably because Russian Tarragon is viewed as the ugly stepsister to  the Cinderella French Tarragon.  However, I beg [...]Show More Summary

Fall Vegetable Gardening. Starts at the Beginning of Summer

  Summer just started but believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about fall vegetable gardening.  I live in zone 6 with a frost date of October 10. If I have any hope of a fall garden, I have to start some of my seeds in June or July!  See why below [...] The post Fall Vegetable Gardening. Starts at the Beginning of Summer appeared first on Green Talk®.

Are Your Organic Fertilizers Safe? Better Check.

Are you an avid food label reader?  How about reading the labels of your favorite vegetable fertilizer?  You should be. I am avid organic gardener but was shocked that The National Organic Program, which regulates organic farming, permits certain ingredients in organic fertilizers.  Listed below are the ingredients in question. The following ingredients may appear [...]Show More Summary

Row Covers: 6 Reasons Why They Are Must Have in the Garden

Every year I hear gardening friends lament about how “someone” ate their strawberries.  Or that someone’s friend devoured their seedlings.  There are lots of someones in the land of gardening who find what you grow to be quite yummy.  So, I resort to row covers to help me keep those “someones” at bay. If I [...]Show More Summary

How to Germinate Celery Seeds. Fix that Love/Hate Relationship.

Don’t you hate when you can’t grow a certain vegetable no matter how you try?  And then one day, it magically grows?  Well, welcome to my life with celery. Germination is a btch.  Some years we had a great relationship and others years it was spotty.  This on and off again relationship was haunting me. [...]Show More Summary

Flower Essences: The Emotional Blockage Game Changer

Have you ever stopped to wonder why flowers captivate us so much?  I grow numerous flowers from seed for my vegetable garden.  Flowers just make me happy.  So, I wasn’t surprised to  learn that flower essences, which are derived from the vibrational imprint of flowers, help heal emotional blockages  They are powerful, yet so healing. [...]Show More Summary

How to Make a Salve Using Calendula & Comfrey

As delightful as summer can be, it can torture on your skin. Bug bites, rashes, eczema, poison ivy, and scratches all come to mind.  So, now is the time to learn how to make a salve using healing comfrey and calendula before summer arrives. Let’s get busy. Are you with me? I am using the [...]

Grow Plants from Seeds. 4 Reasons Why you Should

Growing plants from seeds indoors is such a win win to create a bountiful harvest. I am in zone 6 and  we have unpredictable weather from cold wet springs to really dry summers.  If I want to grow a descent harvest, then I have to grow seeds indoors to take advantage of  that perfect window [...]Show More Summary

Make Your Own Herbal Infused Oils for Life’s Bumps & Bruises

Do you have aches and pains or does your skin needs some TLC? Instead of buying chemically laden store bought products, make your own infused herbal oils with just dried herbs with your choice oil to soothe the inflammation.   Let me show you how.  Some of my favorite herb infused oils are calendula, comfrey, [...]Show More Summary

Hydrosols: Your Skin and Body Saviors.

  Do you want radiant skin without the chemicals?   Maybe it is time to switch to hydrosols, which is the water portion from essential oil production.   They are gentle and effective but pack a therapeutic punch.  Oh and did I mention your body will love them too? Anna, what the heck is a [...] The post Hydrosols: Your Skin and Body Saviors. appeared first on Green Talk®.

The Three Easiest Vegetables to Grow and Enjoy.

Have you ever dreamed of growing your own food but the thought scares you to death? You are not alone.   One of my readers recently asked me if I could suggest the three easiest vegetables to grow. Only three?  Oh boy.  That’s a tall order. If I were to narrow down that answer to the [...] The post The Three Easiest Vegetables to Grow and Enjoy. appeared first on Green Talk®.

My Three Favorite Vertical Gardening Tools for a Better Gardening Season

  Another garden season is almost upon us, and are you feeling a mix of excitement coupled with dread from the lackluster or not so great harvest of last year?  Or years past?  Been there.  So, four years, ago, I got smart and started to garden vertically.  Gardener to gardener, I want to share my 3 favorite [...]Show More Summary

Basil Dying? Turning Yellow? It May Be Downy Mildew.

Is your basil dying?  Turing yellow and brown?  Join the crowd.  Last year was the first year that my sweet basil didn’t flourish. Sadly, they turned yellow, then brown and subsequently died.  I learned during my master gardener classes that my basil dying was caused by downy mildew.  So if you want basil this year, [...]Show More Summary

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