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The truth about Dandelions

8 Apr

  


Back in Colombia, (where I come from) dandelions are part of our childhood, we blow their seeds every time we have the opportunity, we as kids loveeeee them! They are everywhere! Playgrounds are never treated with chemicals so dandelions are part of our grass year around! 

Now, I am teaching my daughter how to do the same thing…blow them when you see them… And… She likes it!! 


I know there are found as weeds worldwide,  but did you know that they actually are flowering plants in the family Asteraceae? Yes, same as Asters, calendula, chrysanthemum, gerbera, dahlia, zinnias…. And many many more. So maybe this weeds is not too much of a weed! Furthermore, is completely edible and has amazing health benefits including antioxidants! 


I am going to try this recipe over the weekend it seems delicious is pretty much is like cooking spinach http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/sauteed-dandelion-greens-242014


And hereby there are 3 ways to prepare dandelion tea: http://omgirlsguide.com/2013/04/22/how-to-make-dandelion-tea-3-ways-dedicated-to-earth-day/


I hope you enjoy it, Thanks for reading! 




Press – Magazine Recognitions – Mom.me

20 Feb

Our ORGANIC gardens are highlighted in magazines and our gardening tips are published year around! For the last couple of months I have been writing tips and advices for home gardeners for the Atlanta Home Improvement magazine. This week I have been asked to participate on another editorial opportunity for Mom.me about Garden Fruits and Vegetables!! I will update this note as soon as I have the link for Mom.me

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How to Use Fireplace Ash for Gardening

11 Jan

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Winter is the perfect season to collect your fireplace ashes either to store them in a save container or use them into your garden. When wood burns, nitrogen and sulfur are lost as gases, and calcium, potassium, magnesium and trace element compounds remain.

“Wood ash has a very fine particle size, so it reacts rapidly and completely in the soil. Although small amounts of nutrients are applied with wood ash, the main effect is that it is a liming agent.” (1) Furthermore, calcium works as soil amendment, helping to maintain chemical balance in the soil and improves water penetration.

Uses:
1. As calcium and Potassium soil amendments
2. Enrich compost, enhance its nutrients by sprinkling in a few ashes to the mix.
3. Block garden pests. Spread evenly around garden beds, ash repels slugs and snails. Salt in the ashes dehydrates these insects.

Calcium and potassium are both essential to plant growth. Hereby, I am listing the symptoms of both deficiencies.

Symptoms of calcium deficiency:
– Necrosis at the tips and margins of young leaves,
– Bulb and fruit abnormalities,
– Deformation of affected leaves,
– Highly branched, short, brown root systems,
– Severe, stunted growth, and
– General chlorosis.

Symptoms of potassium deficiency:
– Yellow and brown spots on leaves
– Leaves drop off
– Smaller and fewer fruits
– Fruits appear deformed or small

BEFORE applying ashes to your plants please keep in mind that too much ash can increase pH or accumulate high levels of salts that can be harmful to some plants, so use ashes carefully. And don’t use it in acid-loving plants such as blueberries, cranberries, rhododendrons and azaleas would not do well at all with an application of wood ash.(1)

1. http://emmitsburg.net/gardens/articles/frederick/2004/ashes.htm

8 tips to have color in your garden through the winter

5 Jan

8 tips to have color in your garden through the winter:

1. Use pansies, violas, dusty miller, mustard, dianthus, chard, snapdragons and parsley to make your own combinations.
2.Pansies love full fun, so make sure to plant them in a sunny location.
3. Violas love sun and they will bloom in filtered shade too.
4. Violas and pansies like acidic soil. Use an organic acid loving plant fertilizer when planting and mix it well with the soil.
5. Winter annuals don’t need much water, so water them just when they are dry.
6. Violas and pansies must be deadheaded regularly.
7. Slugs and snails feed on pansies, apply an organic control and follow the manufacturer instructions.
8. When temperatures are high, aphids feed on winter annuals. Use organic vegetable oils to control them.

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Colors of my Garden NOVEMBER

10 Dec

Pink double knockout rose stamens and pistil

Cape gooseberry flower

Cape gooseberry flower

Cape gooseberry

Cape gooseberry

Boston Ivy on wall

Boston Ivy on wall

Sky is the limit rose new bud

Sky is the limit rose new bud

Cucumber

Cucumber

Hydrangea flower

Hydrangea flower

Tea olive flower

Tea olive flower

Japanese maple leaf

Japanese maple leaf

Tomatoes and Cucumber

Tomatoes and Cucumber

Colors of my Garden – OCTOBER

10 Nov

Bee on lime coleus flower

Bee on lime coleus flower

Moth

moth

Pink Dahlia

Pink Dahlia

Pupa – Chrysalis swallowtail butterfly

Pupa - Chrysalis swallowtail butterfly

Sky is the limit rose

Sky is the limit rose

Sky is the limit rose

Squash flower

Swallowtail larva eating

Swallowtail larva eating

 

Colors of my Garden – SEPTEMBER

9 Oct

Bee on Basil flower

Bee on Basil flower

Sky is the limit rose

Sky is the limit rose

Swallowtail butterfly caterpillarr

Swallowtail butterfly caterpillarr

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Homestead verbena

Homestead verbena

Grape tomates

Grape tomates

Frangipani

frangipani

Wren baby birds

Wren baby bird

How to attract birds to your backyard? Redstart Warbler

15 Sep

Redstart Warbler

Known as well as the Butterfly bird, this gorgeous bird is one of the most common nesting warblers in North America. The most prominent feature on this hyperactive warbler is its flashy tail and wings, both of which it will use to startle insects while hunting.

You can attract many birds into your backyard by placing water fountains with recirculating water in a place surrounded by bushes and small trees. I use ligustrums, bamboo and hollies. In our garden birds seem to really like the leaves of Fatsia Japonica and Elephant ears. Most importantly you MUST pour fresh water every day into the fountain.

Good luck!

 

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Colors of My Garden – AUGUST

5 Sep

Blackeyed Susan

Goldstrum rudbeckia

Purple Petunia

Crape Myrtle Natchez

Ornamental Bamboo

Big Blue Liriope Flower

Delosperma cooperi

Gold Lantana

Colors Of My Garden – JULY

14 Aug

Tickseed ‘nana’

Verbena bonariensis

Sunflower ‘sunspot’

Butterfly  bush – pink

Hosta

Eggplant

Tomato ‘roma’

Cucumber Flower

Cucumber

Crape myrtle

Curry Plant

Bell pepper flower

Peach

Frangipani flower buds

Squash Flower