Growing Dragon’s Egg Cucumbers

Growing Dragon’s Egg Cucumbers

Learn how to grow and care for Dragon’s Egg Cucumbers. They’re mild, delicious, and fun to grow! About: Dragon’s Egg is a sweet and unique cream-colored cucumber that originates from Croatia. This is an excellent cucumber well-worth growing at least once in your garden- it’s a mild, faintly sweet-flavored, thin-skinned delicate little thing, free from…

How to Grow & Use Bee Balm

How to Grow & Use Bee Balm

Learn how to grow, harvest, and dry bee balm (wild bergamot), plus 8 creative ways to use it, including recipes for bee balm salve, tea, infused honey, and more! Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa, M. spp.) also called wild bergamot, is an excellent plant to put in a pollinator garden! Beloved by bumblebees, butterflies, and hummingbirds,…

Foraging Wineberry

Foraging Wineberry

Wineberry, also called Japanese raspberry, or wine raspberry, is an invasive (but very delicious!) species that can be found growing wild in the Eastern parts of North America. Wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius) has no poisonous look-a-likes in the U.S., making it a good option for beginner foragers to explore. Around here (growing zone 7 USA), the…

Strawberry Rose Freezer Jam

Strawberry Rose Freezer Jam

This delicious freezer jam features fresh strawberries and rose petals. It’s quick and easy to make – no canning required! Ingredients: 2 cups chopped strawberries 1 cup fresh rose petals 1 tbsp lemon juice (or balsamic vinegar) 1 tbsp water 1Ā½ cups sugar 3 tbsp low/no sugar fruit pectin 1 cup water Preparing the Roses:…

Growing & Harvesting Lavender

Growing & Harvesting Lavender

Learn how to grow lavender from seeds or cuttings, tips on pruning, watering, and other growing requirements, then how to harvest the flowers and leaves! How to Start Lavender From Seed For many people, starting lavender from seed often seems to be too daunting a task at first glance; as soon as words like ‘cold-stratification’…