Marvelous Mums, Mums for Fall

Now showing at a garden near you (or perhaps in your own) the Golden Flowers of the Orient are bursting into bloom. Though best known for firing up fall with color, chrysanthemums are among the easiest perennials to grow in a garden-regardless of where that garden happens to be. Mums are happy in the dry heat of … Continue reading Marvelous Mums, Mums for Fall

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Harvesting and Storing Pumpkins and Squash

As the weather begins to cool and the days begin to shorten, we look forward to the colorful harvest of pumpkins and winter squash. These sturdy vegetables are emblematic of autumn, whether for seasonal decorating, grinning Jack-o-lanterns, Thanksgiving pies, or warming stews and casseroles. And with proper harvesting and storage techniques, you can enjoy this … Continue reading Harvesting and Storing Pumpkins and Squash

Our Garden Guide {Just A Few Tips}

Tips for Starting Your Own Organic Garden Many readers have expressed interest in creating their own organic garden in their own backyard. As a result, I wanted to share a few tips for starting a backyard garden that is organic, sustainable and earth-friendly. There are numerous benefits to planting your own organic garden at home. … Continue reading Our Garden Guide {Just A Few Tips}

Prepping the Garden for Tomatoes

Where you plant your tomatoes in the garden is important. Tomatoes need at least six to eight hours of sun a day to produce well -- and full sun is best, especially in cooler, more northern climates. Tomato roots won't do well in soggy soil -- a sunny, well-drained part of your garden is best. Best Soil … Continue reading Prepping the Garden for Tomatoes

Growing Tomatoes

Healthy, vigorous tomato vines can produce a lot of fruit. If you're new to gardening, try growing just a few tomato plants at first - perhaps two or three plants of two to three different varieties. But of the thousands available, from cherished heirloom types to the hottest new hybrids, how do you narrow your choices? Criteria … Continue reading Growing Tomatoes

January In The Low Desert

January is generally a slow month for gardening in the low desert. Take advantage of this “quiet” time by preparing and planning for the upcoming spring months. January is a good time to prepare a new vegetable garden bed for spring planting. Prepare your vegetable bed by using a digging fork or rototilling to approximately … Continue reading January In The Low Desert

A Preliminary Analysis of the Botany, Zoology, and Mineralogy of the Voynich Manuscript

by Arthur O. Tucker, Rexford H.  Talbert HerbalGram. 2013; American Botanical Council  ONLINE NOTE: There are numerous usages of the Voynich Typeface/Font throughout this feature. Due to limitations in the online HTML coding, these are not present. Please refer to the printed or page-flip versions of HerbalGram.  In addition, you can view a PDF of the article here.  Introduction In 1912, … Continue reading A Preliminary Analysis of the Botany, Zoology, and Mineralogy of the Voynich Manuscript