Monthly Archives: April 2016

Pale Crescent Butterfly (Phyciodes pallidus)

Today I saw what I believe are two Pale Crescent Butterflies. I haven’t seen Pale Crescents before, so I went online to submit the siting with Butterflies and Moths of North America.  At some point they will review the photograph … Continue reading

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Tied to the Kitchen!

Turkey went on sale and I bought two 12 pounders. I live by myself and am never going to eat a whole turkey! However, I am canning them in one pint jars for soups, stews and such. The first one … Continue reading

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Colorful Corn Plants a/k/a Painted IndianCorn

I took my colorful corn plant seedlings out to photograph, and saw that my direct seeded radishes and peas are up. I have one white seedling, most are purple and green, and a few are purple.  They are very good … Continue reading

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Scarlet Globemallow Blooming (Spharalcea coccinea)

I saw my first Scarlet Globemallow bloom of the season. I have a lot of these little flowers, and a lot of their first cousins Narrowleaf Globemallow (Spharalcea angustifolia), which won’t bloom for at least a month. These are hardy … Continue reading

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Saponins, Using Water From Soaking Beans

I planted a Tuscan Blue Rosemary yesterday in relatively dry soil and watered it with the soapy saponin rich water from soaking broad beans for planting. There are good reasons for not pouring this “waste” water down the drain.  First, … Continue reading

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Spring Planting, Tuscan Blue Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinales)

I got a pretty Rosemary plant for my herb garden. I have a creeping Rosemary, but Tuscan Blue Rosemary is much bigger, and can get 6 feet tall.  The one indisputable thing a tall Rosemary can do better than a … Continue reading

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Spring Planting, Loran Strawberries (Fragaria x ananassa)

I planted six Loran Strawberries today in my blueberry bed. The tag suggested I plant these 6 inches apart because they are not as inclined to set runners as many strawberries, and are touted for container growing.  I gave them … Continue reading

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