This weekend, I took a trip out to Lambert's to purchase my veggie and herb plants. I'm getting a jump start in my garden this year! In addition to lemon balm, sweet basil, Greek oregano, Italian parsley and spearmint, I purchased a chocolate mint herb. After all, anyone that knows me, can tell you that I love chocolate. It smells wonderful...minty with undertones of chocolate. You can use it in just about any recipe that calls for chocolate. I'm going to make some chocolate chip - mint cookies or brownies. Do you have other ideas? Please share.
Chocolate mint herb
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Top 10 Reasons to Start a Honeybee Colony
1. Fresh honey production for a healthier you.
2. Pollination – help your flowers, fruits and vegetables increase their yield and thrive.
3. Watching bees is entertaining and can reduce stress.
4. Gifts – honey, beeswax products and homemade cosmetics.
5. Educational experience - learning and sharing knowledge
6. Helping our environment and the honeybee population.
7. Pollen is one of the richest and purest natural food.
8. Well-managed honeybee colonies are the best defense against Africanized honeybees.
9. New friends you’ll meet starting this hobby.
10. The satisfaction of maintaining a honeybee colony.
For more bee resources visit the Birds, Bees and Butterflies page.
My favorite books, movies and songs with bird themes:
Are you my Mother? by P.D. Eastman
I Know why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth G.Speare
Big Bird from Sesame Street
The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
The March of the Penguins
Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Black Bird by The Beatles
Rock'in Robin by The Jacksons
My least favorite:
The Birds by Alfred
My greatest garden joy is cutting fresh flowers. My arrangements are cottage simple and vary from month to month as each perennial cycles through its growing period. They always include roses - that's my signature!
1. Cut first thing in the morning and before your sprinklers have a chance to hit them.
2. Choose flowers that are closed or just beginning to open because they will last longer.
3. After cutting, gently tip them upside down and give a little shake. This gives a spider or other insect the chance to escape before you bring them in the house.
4. Carry a small bucket filled with fresh water so you can immediately put them in it.
5. Keep the flower bucket out of direct sunlight as you cut.
6. Keep your variety under 5; otherwise, it looks too busy.
7. Do include different shapes, colors, sizes and textures.
8. Bring them indoors for the final cutting and arranging. Start by arranging the larger flowers and work to the smaller. Reserve the filler flowers for last. My two favorite filler flowers are goldenrod and lady's mantle.
9. Change the water every few days. No need to re-cut garden flowers.
(see more pictures under Cutting Garden section - more to come!)