Lady’s Bedstraw – A Christmas Herb

Lady Bedstraw

One of the plants closely associated with the Christmas story, and particularly with the manger in Bethlehem, is our lady’s bedstraw, a plant found rather commonly in the wild and

Gourds Unusual in Decorating For Christmas

Gourds for Christmas

Gourds for Christmas? Most certainly, gourds for Christmas!  Gourds: Most Ornamental and Versatile Plant They are one of the most ornamental and versatile additions to the “greens” we cherish as

Look at Love Apples But Don’t Eat Them?

Love Apples

An old-fashioned name for the tomato is love apple. When used by gardeners today, however, it is much more probable that they are referring to a fruit that provides “food

Rosemary, Herb of Christmas

Rosemary Herb

What happened to the rosemary that blended its silvery fragrance with the holly and mistletoe Once part of the holiday celebration, rosemary has been forgotten as a Christmas decoration. An

How To Use Compost: Lawn Trees, and Garden

How to Use Compost

For thousands of years, gardeners have been piling organic wastes—weeds, leaves, grass clippings, manures —in heaps to decompose into soil-enriching compost. In a compost heap, dead materials are transformed into

The Cost of Beauty

Cost of Beauty

In the course of expressing herself about how I have helped awaken a desire for “beautifying our surroundings at a small cost,” a Kentucky woman has written some nice things

The Fabric of Winter

fabric of winter

Colors will be subdued, to be sure, but the winter details in a garden need not be drab and dull. The textures of many plants, dormant or dried, are handsome

Storing Your Home Vegetables

storing home vegetables

When my mom was a kid she had a cellar on the farm. It was no problem to know where to store the jars of vegetables and fruits, potatoes, and