Cilantro Seeds and Coriander

Did you know that cilantro seeds are coriander? Coriander is a spice used in many savory dishes. I bought ground coriander for years before I found out that it was just cilantro seeds. Now I grow it myself. Cilantro is one of the easiest herbs to grow, in my opinion. It has a very bold,…

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Organized Dirt

Despite what you may think or what you’ve been told, organization is a basic part of you. In my opinion, organization brings freedom and peace. When things are beautifully in order, you can breathe deeply. It’s lovely and beautiful and relaxing. Why is it so hard to keep things organized? There is a natural tendency…

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What affects your garden yield? Everything.

What affects your crops? Everything! Everything plays a part in plant yield–plant variety, nutrients in the soil, water level, sun exposure, pests…literally everything and anything. Napa, California is a great example. I just spent a wonderful, restful week in Napa with three lifelong friends. We toured the valley and sampled wine for days. The whole…

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How can you organically control squash bugs?

My garden is growing beautifully. Unfortunately, the squash bugs see this vibrant growth as an opportunity for an easy dinner. I encountered squash bugs last year. I grew up with a large garden, but I don’t remember my mother ever fighting them. So, I didn’t think they would really be that horrible of a problem.…

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Blackberry leaf curl. Trim off sick branches.

Leaf curl.

Today, I have a fence full of delicious thornless blackberries. A few years ago, when the brambles started producing fruit, I had a few branches that turned dark green and curled. Something was wrong. The branches in question were fruiting, so I didn’t trim them off. That was a mistake. The disease causing the leaves…

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Is there a good place to start a compost pile? Yes!

Is there a good place to start a compost pile? Of course, the answer is yes. I have a couple of suggestions, depending on how large of a space you garden. If you are going to start a new bed next year, pick your spot now. Many of you are new to gardening. Earlier this…

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Do you feel overwhelmed or under qualified?

Do you ever have the feeling of being overwhelmed by your circumstances or underwhelmed by your perceived ability to handle the tasks set in front of you? I do. I struggle with this a lot. It’s easy to let your mind spin so fast that you miss the day’s treasures. Likewise, it’s easy to set…

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It’s not too late to start your garden! Get digging!

Can you believe we are already half way into May? It’s not too late to start your garden! Get digging this weekend! If you’ve never gardened before, this is your year to start! But, be easy on yourself. Start with something small. Baby steps. Here’s what I recommend to beginners: Select a 4′ x 4′ sunny…

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Warning! Don’t grow vegetables that are bad for you!

Don’t grow vegetables that are bad for you?!? Is there such a thing? Today, there is. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have flooded our food supply. It’s virtually impossible to stay away from them. GMO food has been purposefully engineered to have certain qualities or characteristics. The most notorious modification is making crops “RoundUp ready.” RoundUp…

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Can anything really help relieve poison ivy?

Poison ivy sucks. I’m currently covered in it from head to toe, was sick from the toxins, and haven’t slept well in two weeks due to insane itching. All I really wanted is some relief. Can anything really help relieve poison ivy? I try to avoid it, but usually wind up getting it every year. This…

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