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Preserve Vegetables For Year Round Use in 6 Easy Ways

Did you plant too many plants this summer and are expecting a boat load of veggies? Or buy too many vegetables at the farmer’s market?  I feel your pain since every year I face this dilemma.  So what is a veggie lover to do? Sure, you can give away your abundance to your friends and [...]

Poison Ivy Remedies From a Veteran Poison Ivy Getter

Poison Ivy and I are not friends.  Half of the time, I don’t even see it.  I think the oil lurks in my wood mulch or I touch it hidden among my plants.  Every year–especially when it gets hot and humid, I get those obvious bumps and familiar itch.  With 10 year of gardening under [...] The post Poison Ivy Remedies From a Veteran Poison Ivy Getter appeared first on Green Talk.

Swiss Chard: How to Grow it & Eat it!

If I  had to pick one vegetable that is extremely easy to grow, Swiss Chard would be my #1 pick. While other greens are wilting or bolting from the heat, Swiss Chard just laughs at the heat and flourishes. In addition, it is a stunner in the garden with its bright leaves and matching ribs. [...] The post Swiss Chard: How to Grow it & Eat it! appeared first on Green Talk.

How to Store Dried Herbs

Since I started growing and harvesting my own herbs, I have learned a trick or two on how to preserve them for optimal use. Believe me, you don’t want washed up looking or tasteless herbs.  Here are 5 tips on how to store dried herbs. If you don’t grow your own, I will also provide tips [...] The post How to Store Dried Herbs appeared first on Green Talk.

Test Your Soil! 1st Rule of Gardening.

With gardening you learn something new every year. I am an avid reader of gardening blogs, YouTube, and garden Web forums.  So, when I hear add eggs shell, Epsom salt, and everything under the sun to to my soil, it peeks my interest.  I too want a HUGE harvest.  Last year for some unknown reason, [...]

Grow Vertically Using Trellis for Your Best Season Ever.

Sometimes aggravation is the mother of invention.  I have been gardening for over 10 years and really enjoy taking on new challenges such as growing pumpkins, squashes, watermelons and other vining fruits and vegetables.  However, like everyone else, I am limited in space and got tired of stepping over my vines and watching my hard [...]Show More Summary

Eat Weeds: 3 Spring Weeds to Savor

You know it is spring when the first plants that pop up are weeds.  We call them weeds since they show up where we don’t want them but in reality, they are really just unloved flowers.  But do you realize that some weeds are quite nutritious?   Listed below are 3 spring weeds I bet [...] The post Eat Weeds: 3 Spring Weeds to Savor appeared first on Green Talk.

Struggle Less. Make Life Easier with These Tools

My biggest challenge during garden season (okay every season) is to run my household efficiently.  Some days I look at my house and sigh with despair.  Maybe you are like me, running a mile a minute and trying to manage everything in a 24 hour time period.  And perhaps somewhere in between trying to sleep [...]Show More Summary

Herbal Bath Soak Recipe for Relaxing & Sore Muscles

I rarely review books since I just don’t have the time. However, when Jan of the Nerdy Farm Wife sent me her new book, “101 Easy Homemade Products for Skin, Health & Home,” I was thrilled. I always wanted to start making my own homemade products since I grow so many herbs. Avoiding synthetic chemicals [...]Show More Summary

The Philadelphia Flower Show 2016: Unbearably Beautiful

  The Philadelphia Flower Show 2016 paid reverence to the National Parks.  I dream of traveling around our country to see all the parks such as Yellowstone and Yosemite.  Unlike last year’s splashy show, the foliage was natural and true to form of the parks.  Walking around the exhibits was so calming and refreshing although [...]Show More Summary

How to Tap a Walnut Tree

Usually you hear about people tapping maple trees, but there are several other trees you can tap as well including walnut and birch trees.  Although I have birch trees, I decided to tap a walnut tree.   (Teri at Homestead Honey wrote a post about walnut tapping which fascinated me.)  My inner child cartwheeled with glee [...]Show More Summary

Choose Safer Cleaning Products this Spring! +21 DIY Recipes

Why does Spring make you want to clean?  I have this natural instinct to open the window, dump drawers, and scrub like a mad woman.  But here’s the rub.  Are your chemically laden cleaning products making you a mad woman or man?  Stop!  Learn why you need to make the jump to safer cleaning products. [...]Show More Summary

Calendula Benefits and Uses: Plus 16 DIY Recipes

Calendula is my go to flower in the summer.  Behind those cheery yellow and orange blossoms is a whole lot of awesome calendula benefits.  Calendula has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that aid in healing so many aliments.  So, let’s jump right in and you will see why I love this plant. And as an added [...]Show More Summary

How to Grow Calendula: Everything You Need to Know

One my favorite flowers in the summer is calendula. Let me teach you how to grow calendula.   It is one of those plants you want to add to your garden.  Not only do the bees and butterflies love it, it makes a wonderful salve and tea.  So,  let me show you how.  I got you [...] The post How to Grow Calendula: Everything You Need to Know appeared first on Green Talk®.

Hulless Oats: How to Grow Them.

As the seed catalogs start to flood in, everyone scampers to buy tomato, pepper, and zucchini seeds.  In our conquest to become more sustainable, how about trying to grow hulless oats this summer?  You have to act fast since oats need to be planted in the spring.   And they are harvested just in time [...] The post Hulless Oats: How to Grow Them. appeared first on Green Talk®.

Paleo Chili Recipe. Easy Oh So Delish

My Paleo chili recipe is a staple in our household.  It is easy and freezes well.  My older boys who have left the house make this recipe on their own for their lunches. I can’t imagine how they eat the same meal every day, but they love it.  So, here is my recipe that I [...] The post Paleo Chili Recipe. Easy Oh So Delish appeared first on Green Talk®.

Be an Adventurous Gardener: Try These 5 Seeds

Today I officially opened up the seed drawer to start my seeds for this season.  As I finger through the seeds, I murmur to myself, “nope not growing that again” or ” wow, I really liked growing that seed.”  As many of you know, I am a pretty adventurous gardener in the seed growing department [...]

Blackberry Leaves: Check Out Their Health Benefits

Raspberry leaves are one of the darlings of herbal remedies.  Yet, you rarely hear about the benefits of blackberry leaves.  Just like its cousin, the raspberry, blackberry leaves are full of flavonoids, vitamins, and antioxidants.  In addition, it aids in the relief of skin rashes, diarrhea, sore throats and more.  Blackberry leaves should claim a [...]Show More Summary

Corn Cob Stock: Don’t Toss Those Cobs

  I seem to be on a kick of how to reuse everything from my garden from leek leaves to raspberry seeds.  So, now we move onto corn cobs.   Remember, I taught you the easy peazy way to take corn off the cob?  Well, what can you do with those cobs?  In my case, there were 50 [...] The post Corn Cob Stock: Don’t Toss Those Cobs appeared first on Green Talk®.

Leek Greens: From Unloved to Fab with 11 Recipes

Do you cook with leeks?  I am going to let you in on a secret.  Come closer.  Come even closer.  Did you know that the dark green parts are yummier than the white and light green parts? Yeah, I am talking about leek greens. See, recipes always call for the white and light green part, [...] The post Leek Greens: From Unloved to Fab with 11 Recipes appeared first on Green Talk®.

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