July 20, 2017

Archives for July 2012

Be Cool – Grow Cucumbers

• By Janine Pineo • Gardeners -- what great imaginations they have. "If you listen quietly, you can hear it grow," a friend Down East said of his own patch of plants a few weeks ago. So I … [Read more...]

Mustard Pickles

It's that time of year to start preserving the harvest. These are one of the quickest pickles to make, and they allow you to use overripe cucumbers if you clean out the seeds first. Mustard … [Read more...]

Got Soap?

Never be without a spot of soap in the garden if you grow soapwort. The crushed leaves of this member of the pink family will lather up due to the natural soap in them. Also called bouncing bet, this … [Read more...]

Cannoli Cones

I've been indulging in a lot of cheese since the farmers' markets got into full swing this spring. I had picked up a promising-looking container of ricotta from Balfour Farm at the Hampden Farmers' … [Read more...]

Okie Dokie

It's no shy little bloom for Oklahoma's state flower, Gaillardia pulchella, a fiery blanketflower with a red center and yellow-tipped petals. This member of the daisy family is native to North … [Read more...]

Coming Home to The Heirloom Garden of Maine

• By Janine Pineo • Chances are slim that I had ever been to Montville before Sunday. Which is sad because it's only minutes outside of Belfast and is, quite frankly, beautiful country. I … [Read more...]

Deep in the Heart

Digitalis lanata may look rather innocuous but this foxglove packs a punch due to the compound within its attractive package. Grecian foxglove or woolly foxglove is the source for Digoxin, a cardiac … [Read more...]

Out of Peru

A prolific bloomer is black-stemmed shoofly, a variation of Nicandra physalodes, the lone species in the genus Nicandra. The "plain" shoofly doesn't have the black stems, just the usual green. Also … [Read more...]

Ain’t Misbehaving?

• By John F. Chisholm • Saturday I took my friend Jim Crossman for a Daimler ride.  The weather cooperated ― I guess.  It was hot.  The top was down.  When we moved, the wind felt wonderful.  The … [Read more...]

Togas and Tea

Common names often employ a place for its moniker. Chamaemelum nobile is no exception and, in fact, has two. Known as Roman chamomile, it also is called English chamomile. This herb is popular … [Read more...]