Fighting the Blues

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St. John the Baptist, the New Testament healer, lends his name to St. John’s wort, which blooms during summer near the time of the feast of St. John. This short, yellow-flowering herb, botanically known as Hypericum, has been used since ancient times to treat all nerve-related problems, including depression, a disorder of the central nervous system. The species Hypericum perforatum … Read More

BUG OFF! Nature’s Way

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Not all insects are harmful to your garden; in fact, many are beneficial and are an important part of the ecosystem. Chemicals used to eliminate insects do not discriminate between the good bugs and the bad ones, so you can limit the damage done to beneficial insects and, at the same time, keep harmful chemicals out of the environment by … Read More

Gardens That Heal

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Planting medicinal herbs is an ancient practice. Earliest accounts date back more than 6,000 years, when the Sumerians, a now-extinct civilization, recorded herbs and their medicinal properties on clay tablets. Ancient Chinese, Greek, and Indian healers depended on herbs to prevent and correct imbalances in the body. And the Greek physician Hypocrites, whose oath has been taken by medical practitioners … Read More

Got Milkweed? Butterflies love this plant and you should too!

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MILKWEED BASICS Milkweeds (Asclepias) get their name from the sticky white sap that oozes from the leaves when they are damaged. More than 100 species of this herbaceous perennial are native to the U.S. and Canada. Many have adapted to different regions of the country and a wide range of climates and terrains, from deserts and rocky areas to marshes … Read More

May Garden Newsletter

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VEGETABLE GARDENING Warm temperatures are here and your plants should be growing well. As temperatures continue to rise you may have to adjust watering. Remember ideally water in mornings, do not water the leaves, and soak deep. Deep watering’s fewer times a week is better than shallow watering’s every day. Rainfall, humidity, and high temperatures make fungus prime for vegetables. … Read More