August 26, 2016

My All Time Favorite Gardening Magazines

Some of the best tips, plant info and great ideas come from the gardening magazines I read. I was telling a friend the other day that one of the ways to increase her knowledge of gardening is to read some good books and magazines. With that in mind, here is a list of the ones that I consider the best.

My absolute favorite is Garden Gate. I have been a subscriber since they published the very first issue. The "Great ideas from smart gardeners"" section is one of the best around. I've gotten some wonderful tips and ideas from those pages.

Another one by the publishers of Garden Gate is Birds & Blooms. It's about birds and flowers that attract them. Always has some good "how to" ideas here too.

Mother Earth News is an oldie but goodie. I have all my dad's copies dating back to the first issues in the 1970's. This one is for you folks who want to garden organically and maybe like me you are money conscious. There are always DIY projects featured and "repurpose" things too.

No gardener should be without a copy of the Old Farmers Almanac. Heck even their Web site is chock full of good information.

Lowe's Home Improvement Store has a nice gardening section on their website and you can download a free app and get ideas in your email box monthly. I have a Lowe's Credit card and I get a nice printed ideas magazine from them each month too.

August 19, 2016

Fish Pepper Plant of the Month August 2016

I first heard of Fish Peppers from the Termite Professional man who came to inspect our basement. He was a black man who shared my interest in gardening. He told me about Fish Peppers and brought me some seeds. I planted them and fell in love with the plant. The leaves are variegated green and white, and the fruit matures from green to green/white striped then orange/white and finally red - a beautiful show! Fruit is hot but not so hot that I can't eat them and I don't do hot very well. They were originally used to flavor fish dishes -well duh! After several years, I lost the seeds. This year I wanted to sell these plants at my Greenhouse sales so I did a search that led me to Seed Savers Exchange and success! I offered them this year for sale at Mimi's. The plants sold out! I'll have them again next year for sure.

This article from Mother Earth News gives the very interesting history of this beautiful and eatable plant. The History of Fish Peppers

August 12, 2016

This pesticide works and is ecologically safe!

This may be the most important news for gardeners that we have seen this century! At last someone has patented a way to kill insects that is safe and natural! Guess what? Monsanto is trying to keep this quiet! Here is the link to the article. What Monsanto does not want you to know

Paul Stamets is the owner of the patent and it uses mushrooms - go figure! Please pass this along. It needs to go viral! Be sure to watch the video on the link I shared above. 

August 3, 2016

Hacking Democracy - The Hack

This is so out of character for me and certainly not what my blog focus is. BUT...I feel it is so important to know that EITHER side of the political isle can fix an election. This made me so sad. I'm wondering if I will even vote. Yes, I guess I will as long as I'm allowed the right to think I might have a voice.