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Peach picking rabbit?

posted by: gardenfool_dee on 06.08.2007 at 08:08 pm in Texas Gardening Forum

I thought y'all might enjoy this pic.
We have a rabbit that not only likes to eat our peaches but has decided to pick his own!!!

Here is a link that might be useful: rabbit


Really neat picture of rabbit reaching into peach tree!
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RE: cream/balm recipies (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: Herbalynn on 07.13.2004 at 10:30 am in Herbalism Forum

Here's one i wrote up, and we made at the local garden club last year. Very healing. I used my oils that were already "done" so the first step would be to make your infused oils. I had a pint of SJW, Comfrey and Calendula oils. We just warmed the oils in a microwave, stirred in beeswax until it was melted, added Eo, and poured in small jars.

Gardener's Hand Salve
To make salve, we extract the beneficial properties of our herbs in oil, then add beeswax to harden the oil.

ST. JOHN'S WORT - ( Hypericum perforatum ) The salve is good for burns, wounds, bruises, sores, insect bites, fungal infections such as eczema, and itching. This is my favorite herb to use in salves! The oil of the flowering tops turns a gorgeous red color.

COMFREY ROOT - ( Symphytum officinale ) Prolific plant that is valuable in the treatment of all types of skin, bone, and muscle injuries. Comfrey helps wounds to heal quickly. Use for burns, blisters , broken bones, and inflammations.

CALENDULA - ( Calendula officinalis ) This species of marigold is often cultivated in gardens. Calendula helps to soothe inflamed tissues, reduce pain and aids in quick healing of cuts and abrasions.
We are making a simple salve, using the oils made from the above herbs.
I used fresh St. John's Wort, dried Comfrey root, and dried Calendula flowers for these oils. I added a few drops of Vitamin E oil to preserve freshness.
My recipes are based on the Simplers' Method of calculating proportions. These recipes require you to use parts rather than a specific volume of each herb. This technique allows you to easily adapt the recipe. If you want a small amount of salve you can choose one tablespoon as your part, if you want a large amount of salve you might choose 1/2 - 1 cup as your part.
The tricky part of this is determining exactly how much beeswax is needed to harden the salve. You can approximate the proportions based on the following equivalents. One pint of oil will need about 1 1/2 ounces of beeswax, or one ounce of oil will need about 1/2 teaspoon of beeswax. There are about 5 teaspoons of beeswax in an ounce. When wax has melted, dip a cold spoon in the mixture to make sure you have the right consistency.
Add a few drops of essential oil for fragrance.
Bottle and label
PS- the whole salve has a pink tint from the SJW oil, so use it sparingly, or at bedtime.

Hope you like it as much as we do! I use this on rough hands, dry feet, burns, cuts, scrapes, you name it... Lynn


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More Herbal Face and Body Recipes

posted by: jrmankins on 05.19.2007 at 12:49 am in Herbalism Forum

Summer Flowers Facial Wash

In a mixing bowl, mix 1/4 cup each of these dried flowers: elderflowers, white clover blossoms, red rose petals, calendula petals, and chamomile flowers with 1/4 cup dry uncooked oatmeal. Store in a tightly lidded jar. Put a tablespoon of the mix into a reusable teabag and place in a pretty bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon vinegar and 2 cups boiling water. Let steep and remove herb bag. Soak a soft cloth in the warm wash, and apply to face to tone and tighten pores.

Elderflower Face and Hand Lotion

Put 8 ounces milk or buttermilk into a small saucepan. Add 1/4 cup honey and a handful of fresh elderflowers on their stems. Stir to incorporate the honey, and warm on lowest heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and steep covered for 3 hours. Strain out elderflowers and pour into a pretty lidded jar. Use on face and hands, to soften and clean. Keep refrigerated.

Herbal Healing Salve

Into a saucepan over very low heat, melt 1/4 cup vegetable shortening. Cut up very small: several fresh plantain leaves, a handful of fresh chickweed and 1/4 cup fresh goldenrod leaves. Add herbs to the melted shortening. Stir to mix well, and allow to heat for about 15 minutes, stirring often to insure herbs will not burn. Remove from heat and strain thru cheesecloth or muslin into a small lidded jar. Cap tightly, cool completely and keep refrigerated. This makes a protective ointment to cover a cut, scrape or other skin irritation.

Herbal Beauty Cream

This makes a very rich thick cream which must be kept refrigerated. Make only a small amount each time, as it is best used within the week.
In the microwave, boil a cup of water in a small bowl, add 1/2 cup rose petals and 1/4 cup elderflowers. Cover and let steep for 20 minutes. Leave until cool and then strain, reserving the tea liquid.
In blender container put 1 egg (at room temperature) and 1/4 cup vegetable oil. Cover and blend on high until thoroughly combined. With blender still running, take off cover and slowly add 1/2 cup vegetable oil. Then slowly add 3 tablespoons of the cooled rose petal tea. Then when thoroughly blended, very slowly add 1/2 cup vegetable oil. Blend until thick. Ladle into small covered jar and keep refrigerated. Use small amounts on face and hands.

These recipes are from the book I am writing. I have tested them and hope they will turn out nicely for you.

How about some more recipes we haven't tried yet? Thanks for trying these out, and I could use some feedback.


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RE: Violet Question (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: Cathie on 05.29.2005 at 11:24 am in Edible Landscape Forum

We use the plain old wild violets and have always had very flavorful jam. Of course it's jam not jelly and has the whole flower in it.Such a delicious wild flavor. We use the whole blossom, not just the petals Here is a recipe.

1 cup violet blossoms tightly packed
1 1/2 C water
juice of 1 lemon
2 1/2 C sugar
1 pkg of powdered pectin

Put blossoms, 3/4 C water and lemon juice in a blender amd blend until you have a smooth violet colored paste. Slowly add sugar and blend until dissloved.
Mix pectin and 3/4 C water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Boil hard 1 minute. Pour hot pectin mix into blender with the violet mix and blend for about a minute. Pour quickly into jars and seal. Store in the freezer. I have not tried to preserve it by canning. Don't know if it will work.


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RE: Creative Recycling (Follow-Up #75)

posted by: greenmoss on 01.24.2005 at 10:58 am in Frugal Gardening Forum

I have to second what AmeliaD said about giving items to charities. I work at a domestic violence emergency shelter. We have women and children come in with nothing but the clothes on their backs. We except almost anything in donations because we run the house and the office from the same place and we also set up apartments for the women. We'll take food, blankets, old shoes, jackets, toys, any bathroom products .. even used perfume and nail polish. My mom donated her old jewerly that she hasn't worn in ages and the women at the shelter were so excited. We are even in need of posters or pictures for the walls because we are trying to make it more "homey". So if you have things that you want to get rid of and don't think anyone coud use, try calling a domestic violence shelter in your area. They could probably use it!

Recycling Rocks!


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HAVE: Lots of Yarn for Plants

posted by: jmckeeff on 04.12.2007 at 11:51 am in Garden Exchange Forum

I have about 100 different color and types of yarn. Fills up a large black garbage bag. All in excellent condition. Looking for
Jackmanii Clemantis
Sttich Plume
Sweet autumn clementis
Astible, pinks, whites and purples
Hens and chicks
Would prefer to trade in NJ area since box is so big.


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medicinal uses for honey rose sage (salvia microphylla??

posted by: cenak on 04.10.2007 at 08:29 pm in Herbalism Forum

Does anyone know of any medicinal use for honey rose sage? It looks good in my garden, but I'm thinking of replacing it with something else unless there is some herbal use for it.


sent email 5-3-07 asking for trade.
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RE: All Natural FLEA Remedies! Please Help! (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: Daisyduckworth on 08.29.2004 at 06:15 pm in Herbalism Forum

Check with your vet before using the garlic on your pets. Some experts will tell you that onion and garlic are toxic to animals. Also remember that cats and dogs may require different treatments, and treatments may differ according to the size and age of the animal. Please check with your vet before using ANYTHING on or around your pets.

Feed 1/2 teaspoon of powdered yeast daily to the cat.
Feed half a garlic clove per day.
Put dried chamomile flowers in the cat's basket.

Feed 2 large teaspoons powdered yeast daily for large dogs.
Feed 2 cloves garlic per day for large dogs, added to the usual food.
Put DRIED bracken ferns under the dog's blanket.
Add 1 tablespoon of salt to the water in which the dog is washed to kill fleas.

Take a 'tea' of lemon peels and water, by steeping overnight, then sponge it over the dog's coat.
Rub dog over with tansy, fennel, basil or mint, pennyroyal or other strong smelling herb. Grow any of these herbs, or wormwood, pyrethrum, rue and marigolds around kennel areas.
Bathe dog in eucalyptus wool wash solution.
Dust some derris powder (from garden suppliers) through the animal's coat, leave for half an hour, then comb or brush it out over some newspaper. Do not allow the pet to swim in creeks or ponds, as derris is deadly to fish, but it breaks down in sunlight after a few days.

2 tablespoons peppermint essential oil
1/2 cup rosemary essential oil
2 tablespoons white cedar essential oil
1/4 cup citronella essential oil
2 tablespoons eucalyptus essential oil

Soak a natural fibre rope in mixture and let dry for several hours. Tie around pet's neck. DO NOT use on cats.

Vacuum regularly, remembering to do areas like under beds, around skirting boards and window sills.

Sprinkle with borax and leave for 48 hours, then vacuum. Keep pets and children away during treatment.
Wet pieces of newspaper with oil of cedar, scatter these over the floor, under beds or on rugs, and leave overnight. Fleas will gather on the newspaper, and you can put them, newspaper and all, into plastic bags and dispose of them in the garbage bin.

Place some sprigs of mint under mattresses.
Dissolve 3 blocks of camphor in 2 cups methylated spirits, and rub onto the mattress and nearby furniture.

Rub over with tea-tree oil.

The concentration of pyrethrums is at its peak when the flowers are in full bloom, from the time the first row of florets open on the central disk opens to the time all the florets are open. Add 1 litre of boiling water to half a cup of firmly packed flowers. Leave to cool, strain and add 1 teaspoon of pure soap. Shake well before use. Spray only in early morning or evening when bees are not active, and never in temperatures more than 32C. You will need to use the spray or dust every day until the infestation is over. It deteriorates in sunlight. The spray is useful against aphids, woolly aphids, scale, spider mites, thrips, whitefly, codling moth, cabbage loopers, caterpillars, earwigs, leaf-miners, millipedes, some beetles, spiders, termites and slaters, spiders, termites, weevils, grasshoppers, stink bugs, thrips, gnats, mosquitoes, tomato pinworms, spider mites and crickets. In the house, the spray will eradicate fleas and spiders. Combine with soap to kill lice (test for skin sensitivity first.) The spray may stain some fabrics. Dried pyrethrum flowers can be ground to a powder and used as a dust.

Rub some bicarbonate of soda thoroughly into the dog's coat, then brush off excess. Leaves the coat clean and shiny. You can add a few drops of appropriate essential oils to the powder for added flea protection. I used to use lavender when I had a dog.

To get rid of fleas in your carpet, after removing pets from the room, sprinkle Borax over the carpet and rub it in. Wait a while, then vacuum as usual. Keep pets and children outside while you wait. Reapply the Borax once a week until the problem is gone. After bathing your pet, put a little Lavender or Tea Tree essential oil into the final rinse water, or rub a little of the oil over the pet's coat, to repel fleas. Or wipe over with some fresh Tansy leaf. Grow Fennel near a dog's kennel to deter fleas. Feed your pet a little Garlic with its meals, or rub garlic over the animal. Or wash the dog with a strong infusion of Lobelia leaves. Or brush pets with a brush that has been stroked across the cut surface on an onion. The smell soon dissapates, but not as fast as the fleas. Rue, Tansy and Wormwood also repel fleas. Plant some in the garden, scatter in pets bedding, or massage into their coat. Powdered Southernwood, scattered on carpets, will rid the house of fleas.

Herbal anti-flea dip for your pet:
2 cups packed fresh Peppermint, Pennyroyal, or Rosemary
1 litre boiling water
4 litres warm water

Prepare an infusion by pouring the boiling water over the herbs and allow it to steep for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid and dilute it with the warm water. Saturate the animal's coat thoroughly with the solution, allowing it to air dry. Use at the first sign of flea activity. This remedy will need to be repeated every three to four days

3 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
200ml boiling water
1 tablespoon vodka
150ml rosewater
pinch powdered nutmeg
15-20 drops lavender essential oil

Pour boiling water over the dried lavender and leave to cool. Strain, reserving liquid. Combine lavender infusion with the vodka, rosewater, nutmeg and essential oil. Pour through a coffee filter several times, then transfer to a bottle with a glass stopper. This mixture makes an excellent mouthwash, a refreshing skin toner, a soothing compress for tension headaches. It will help you sleep if you put a few drops on a pillow or in the bath just before bed. An insect repellent against fleas, flies, mosquitoes.

Grown in the garden, catnip helps to repel fleas.

Grow 'fennel near the kennel' to repel fleas.

Pennyroyal is used to get rid of fleas, but it's a herb I never recommend because it can cause fitting in some animals - and humans.


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RE: botanicals for lowering cholesterol?? (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: ameliade on 05.01.2007 at 03:09 pm in Herbalism Forum

Keeping in mind each person is different, I would like to share what helped me lower my cholesterol in only 2 months.
Below is a list of things I implemented into my life to lower my cholesterol. I am not positive if it was a culmination of these things or one thing in particular. However, at the age of 29 (a few months from 30) I learned that my total cholesterol was 267, my AHDL cholesterol was 28 and my LDL could not even be calculated accurately because my triglycerides were 611. And my ALT was 61. After a complete, cold-turkey diet change and implementation of the following supplements, now my total cholesterol is 178, my AHDL cholesterol is 36, my LDL is 119.60, my triglycerides are 112 and my ALT is 41. All are in the normal range now.
I personally did not implement exercise, but know it provides numerous health benefits.
Prior to this, my diet consisted of complete junk. I ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted and my weight and cholesterol were evidence of this. I lost 10 lbs prior to my life-style change and have lost another 20 lbs since. I consumed all fried foods, fatty foods, sugary foods, very few fruits/vegetables, butter in veggies and butter in/on most things, restaurant cheese dip/chips/salsa was my favorite - could eat 2 bags of these chips by myself, everything bad for you imaginable.
I did research online and found that certain foods/supplements would help lower cholesterol. Soy products, fiber - fruits/vegetables - whole-wheat products - oatmeal, flax seed products, raising good cholesterol by making my main fats olive oil, oil from fish, natural oils found in avocados, etc. - consumed in moderation, etc., citrus products - orange rinds specifically - marmalade, green tea
The American Heart Association's low-fat cookbook is a wonderful tool.
I aimed to consume more fresh fruits and vegetables above everything, especially when desiring a snack. I essentially have adopted the Mediterranean diet (Common to the diets of these regions are a high consumption of fruit and vegetables, bread, wheat and other cereals, olive oil and fish; making them low in saturated fat and high in monounsaturated fat and dietary fiber. Red wine is also consumed regularly but in moderate quantities.)
Instead of consuming the usual American diet of consuming a large portion of meat with small sides, I consumed larger portions of vegetables and fruits (fresh is better), whole-grain products, legumes and small portions of meats.
Many of the dietary items I started/continued consuming:
Increased water intake; especially with Emergen-C, still consumed 2 diet sodas daily and coffee, still consumed 1 beer and/or red wine on a regular basis
Green tea
Heart Health orange juice
Light chocolate soy-milk (delicious, texture is some-what like a water/powder drink mix)
Light vanilla soy-milk for cereal
1% milk
Low-fat cottage cheese
Low-fat yogurts
Dannon Activia regular
Low-fat/light/fat-free cheeses, sour cream, spreads, mayo, dressings, etc.
Olive oil in moderation, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray and spreads, non-stick sprays, no vegetable oil - canola oil only when completely necessary
No butter
I aimed to reduce the intake of white breads and bread products - consuming whole-wheat/whole grain breads. The higher the fiber content per serving the better. 12-grain breads, etc. Whole-wheat bagels, pitas, etc.
Low-fat/sugar loose granola
Brown rice
Whole-wheat flour
Whole-wheat cous cous
Whole-wheat or spinach tortillas
Whole-wheat pancakes with light or sugar-free syrup
Whole-wheat pastas
Baked Lays corn chips
Low-fat parmesan cheese
Low-fat soups for cooking purposes, low-fat/fat free spice packets; ranch dip mix, etc.
Splenda instead of sugar
Egg substitute
Turkey bacon
Turkey Italian sausage links for pasta or alone
Healthy Choice hot dogs with whole wheat buns
Healthy Choice Bologna
White meat turkey lunch meat
Fish - salmon, tuna, talapia, etc. preferably grilled
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts - grilled mostly
White turkey meat
Ground white turkey meat instead of ground beef
Topped fresh salads with canned tuna (always in water or the envelopes - preferably albacore) or canned white meat chicken
Tried to eliminate pork consumption
Consumed very little beef did not consume any beef the first month (beef is my favorite meat - pork is my second, although I have always loved fish)
Sushi and edamame (boiled soy beans) and miso shiru (miso soup)
Fresh baby spinach and/or spring greens for salads instead of iceberg
On vegetable - the greener the better - spinach, broccoli, asparagus, etc.
Fresh fruits/vegetables
Grilled/steamed fresh vegetables
Frozen fresh vegetables
Frozen fresh berry medley - raspberries, blueberries, blackberries
Weight Watcher's frozen meals
My favorite snacks
Honey-nut cheerios
Carob covered almonds
Light string cheese
Activia strawberry yogurt
Pink grapefruit with splenda
Aimed to eat 1 apple, 1 orange, 1 grapefruit and one banana daily
Natural almonds/walnuts in moderation
Whole-wheat toast with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spray and/or with sugar free (splenda) orange marmalade
Whole-wheat multi-grain crackers with Happy Cow low-fat herb spread
Low-fat frozen yogurt
Cottage cheese with canned mandarin oranges and splenda
The organic food store has many healthy yet delicious alternatives for snacking.

Dietary Supplements:
Flax Seed Meal - 2 tbs daily (tried to eat daily with oat-meal)
Wheat Germ - 2 tbs daily (tried to eat daily with oat-meal)
Renew Life The Digestive Company Liver Detox includes:
Morning Support Formula 2 capsules in the morning
Evening Support Formula 2 capsules in the evening
Nature's Plus The Energy Supplements Ultra Maximum Strength Garlite 1000 mg Odorless Garlic Supplement 1 tablet in morning
Solaray Dietary Supplement No Flush Niacin 500 mg 1 capsule in morning
Spring Valley Vitamin E 1000 IU In a Water-Soluble Base Dietary Supplement 1 softgel in the morning
Wild Oats Food Origins 100% Nutrient Value from Food Flax Seed Oil 1000 mg 2 softgels in the morning
(Suggests 2 - 6 softgels daily)
Nature's Way Alive! Dietary Supplement Whole Food Energizer Multi-Vitamin with Vitamins - Minerals 2 tablets in the morning
(Suggests 3 tablets daily)
Emergen-C Heart Health Powerful Antioxidant Formula Plant Steorols & Lycopene 1,000 mg Vitamin C Black Cherry Flavored Fizzy Drink Mix 2 to 4 packs daily
(I used any of the Emergen-C's)
Solaray Dietary Supplement Dong Quai Angelica Sinesis 550 mg 2 capsules in the morning
(Suggests 2 capsules once or twice daily - have been using this for female problems)


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RE: Plants that bring back memories (Follow-Up #19)

posted by: jrmankins on 04.29.2007 at 11:32 pm in Texas Gardening Forum

I have two cuttings off the hundred year old pregnant fig that was there when the Halls sold their place to my Grandma and Grandpa in 1929. The fig is a Brown Turkey, I think. And some of Mama's red mailbox rose from the 1950's, probably Blaze or Dr. Huey (it started out Blaze and probably turned back into Dr. Huey). And as many of the old lilies as I could find when we sold the place, tho they are so sneaky I'm sure I missed some.


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RE: Need inspiration and info for an edible hedge (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: sandylighthouse on 02.10.2007 at 01:04 pm in Edible Landscape Forum

Check out and for ideas.


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RE: Book Report Time; What Are Your Favorite Herbals? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: herbalbetty on 04.15.2007 at 09:17 am in Herbalism Forum

David Hoffman, "Medical Herbalism" - mixes science and empirical knowledge quite skillfully

Rosemary Gladstar, "Family Herbal" - from the fairy godmother of herbalism today, very user friendly with lots of recipes

Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs - an old standard with lots of good information

Reader's Digest Magic and Medicine of Herbs - another good, all around herb book with lots of pictures.

Lesley Bremness The Complete Book of Herbs - lots of photos, uses and information

Then, there are herbals geared toward specifics like medieval, specific medicinal subjects, folk lore, gardens, etc.


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RE: Listing of Texas Super Tough UnStoppable Plants! (Follow-Up #24)

posted by: lindseyrose on 04.15.2007 at 02:27 am in Texas Gardening Forum

Jeanine--you mentioned St. Joseph Lily and I had to Google to find out...yep, it is the plant I believe was growing under absolute neglect at the Heights home we used to rent. Each spring close to Easter it would burst with beautiful red blooms. It was growing on what was I believe the north side of the home, almost under the house. All alongside it was pure gravel. We didn't once water it while we lived there, yet still it blessed us each spring.

I wonder, does anyone know how to aquire bulbs of this beautiful red lily? I've heard rumor that it can't really be purchased anymore and is only a pass-along plant.


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RE: Listing of Texas Super Tough UnStoppable Plants! (Follow-Up #25)

posted by: lonestar7 on 04.15.2007 at 08:16 pm in Texas Gardening Forum


Where are you? I'd LOVE some dewberries..can't find any around here. (Corpus Christi)


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RE: Garlic Mustard weed recipes - pesto, pizza (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: jrmankins on 04.17.2007 at 06:00 am in Edible Landscape Forum

i was worried that i might be the only one who eats weeds. your recipes sound great! i don't have garlic mustard, but i have lots of chickweed and wild onions, and pull handfulls to put on my sandwiches and in salads. i have a recipe for chickweed quiche that is pretty good.

chickweed quiche
2 tablespoons chopped wild green onion tops
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped small
3 cups chickweed, chopped small
2 tablespoons olive oil
dash of each-salt, pepper, ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon each, fresh basil and parsley, cut fine
4 ounces grated mozzarella cheese
3 medium eggs, well beaten
1/2 cup yogurt

saute garlic in oil in skillet. stir in washed chopped chickweed, wild onions, red peppers and seasonings, and stir until soft. in a bowl, blend the eggs, yogurt and cheese. stir the cooled veggie mixture into the eggs and blend well. pour filling into prepared pie crust and bake at 375 until knife near center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. to make small tarts, use cookie cutter to make 3-4 inch rounds and fit into muffin tins. place one tablespoon filling into each tart. bake tarts at 350 for about 12 minutes, until set and lightly browned. make 3 dozen tarts or one pie.


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Garlic Mustard weed recipes - pesto, pizza

posted by: mersiepoo on 04.13.2007 at 08:56 pm in Edible Landscape Forum

I'm going to try these in the summer, we have so many of them!

Garlic Mustard Pesto
11⁄2 cups fresh garlic mustard leaves
1 clove garlic
1⁄4 cup pine nuts or walnuts
3⁄4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3⁄4 cup olive oil
In a food processor, finely chop the
garlic mustard leaves, garlic and nuts.
Slowly mix in the cheese and olive oil.
Pesto may be eaten on bread or
crackers, on spaghetti or frozen in ice
cube trays and stored for future use
in sauces.

Garlic Mustard Pizza
1 package of ready-made pizza crust
1⁄2 jar white sauce (lite Alfredo or Parmesan-
2-3 cups chopped, cooked and drained
garlic mustard leaves
6-8 ounces mozzarella cheese
1⁄4 cup chopped onion
1⁄2 cup chopped bell pepper
1⁄2 cup chopped mushrooms
Prepare pizza crust. Top with sauce
and layer with cheese and vegetables.
Bake according to package directions.

Here is a link that might be useful: link to recipes (PDF file)


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RE: Listing of Texas Super Tough UnStoppable Plants! (Follow-Up #23)

posted by: jrmankins on 04.14.2007 at 10:43 pm in Texas Gardening Forum

all the old bulb plants; spiderlilies, paperwhites, cannas, crinims, saint joseph lilies, snowdrops, the wild onions. i inherited mine from my great grandmother, or maybe further back. once planted, they outlast you.

i have heard that they don't do well everywhere, but the cape jasmines are bullet proof here, and cuttings always root, and the flowers are just incredible! they get really big, and make good foundation plantings, stay green all year.

something else that will outlast you are the cemetery roses; especially martha gonzalez, clothilde soupert, louis phillipe, and many more.

and i collect and grow medicinals, which are mostly weeds, they grow really well, maybe too well, and bear watching so they don't get into territory disputes.

if you have enough room, the vines are very loyal and long lived; passionflowers, cross vine, tie vines, trumpet vines, wisteria, honeysuckle, all the morning glories, and more. all of these bloom very nicely during the year, and most are fragrant.

i love the elder, collect the flowers and berries all year. night blooming jasmine in a sheltered place up against the house makes summer nights special. mine made it thru a pretty bad winter this year, tucked up against the outside of the leaky old fireplace.

bluebonnets, once you get them out of the seed cases, come up good for many years, and are sweet and gorgeous. figs and old pear trees, and dewberries and blackberries which i treat very badly to try to keep in check. but i love the berries!

these old things will make you look like a good gardener, even if you aren't! this is a great thread--thanks


forgot to mention boston ferns, native mulberry trees, native persimmons, and others.
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It's Shovel Pruning Time!

posted by: molineux on 04.12.2007 at 07:15 pm in Antique Roses Forum

LULLABY (Polyantha) - pretty flower, fantastic bloom production, good disease resistance, cute compact growth habit but alas very little fragrance. Besides, the needle sharp thorns get me every time.

Off with her head!

EMPEREUR DU MAROC - is such a fuss diva that I'm convinced he thinks he is an emperior. Somebody needs to tell him that we had a war in this country to get rid of royality. Worst black spot offender in the garden and no repeat.

Off with his head!

OUT OF YESTERYEAR - a black spot disaster and has some of the most evil thorns I've ever seen. No repeat either. This is his third year so he gets a reprieve until July to finally show his stuff. Should he fail to perform:

Off with his head!

MME. PIERRE OGER - flowers are to die for and literally drenched in perfume. Those two reasons is why I haven't already executed her sorry butt. Another black spot disaster and downright stingy with the flowers. This is her fourth year. Last chance Ms Thang. If your repeat doesn't improve I'm gonna chop you into mulch.


So which losers are biting the dust in your garden this year? And for those wussies out there who don't have the guts to kill a useless plant - consider this:

One less disappointment frees up valuable garden space for the next rosy love of your life.


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RE: It's Shovel Pruning Time! (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: buffington22 on 04.12.2007 at 09:22 pm in Antique Roses Forum

I am not happy with Duchesse de Brabant! Every bloom is balling. Where have you been, Randy? My GaA is in full,glorious bloom! She is lovely! Buff


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From my garden journal: Lavender & Roses

posted by: molineux on 07.24.2006 at 06:03 pm in Antique Roses Forum

One of my favorite companion plants for roses is lavender. Growing up in coastal Virginia with its well drained sandy soil this sweetly fragrant herb was especially easy to grow in the rose garden. I never understood why so many people complain about how difficult it was to cultivate. In fact, the more I neglected Lavender the better it did. Neither mom nor I ever bothered to research it because every single lavender plant we planted immediately took off and thrived.

All that changed when I moved to Washington DC. Well actually Maryland just north of the District. I had difficulty understanding why I could grow the stuff so successfully back home and in pots but for the life of me couldnt get it established in my Maryland garden. Then I learned the trick with growing Lavender.


Yep you guessed it. When it comes to soil this herb is picky. It must have well drained soil to thrive. And I mean really good drainage. When I tried amending the soil the lavender failed. The only way I could get it grow was to REPLACE the clay down to a depth of 3 feet. The hole also had to be big enough so as not the form a figurative bathtub and lined with rocks on the bottom so the roots didn't sit in moisture and rot.

Now some people will say that lavender must have poor soil. Not true. Sure it prefers sandy soil filled with lots of gravel but it will grow in the rich soil that roses prefer PROVIDED the drainage is optimal. Folks I cant stress this enough. I havent had success with either amended soil or lasagna beds.

Im sure some of you are saying "why go to all this bother when Catmint has a similar look and is fragrant to boot". Well as much as I like catmint it cant compare to Lavender. Catmint, even the dwarf kinds, is a member of the mint family and will spread like wildfire. Catmint also likes to lie down too much. If I could get it to be more upright, like lavender, then it would be perfect. Lastly there is the fragrance. Lets face reality folks. Catmints fresh minty fragrance is pleasant but isnt nearly as sweet as lavender, which IMHO blends better with the scent of summer roses.

There you have it: my new found secret for successfully growing lavender.

BTW, if youre lazy and not prepared to dig out those flower beds there is a variety of lavender that will tolerant clay soil. You can thank Harryshoe for this wonderful find. In a previous thread earlier this year he recommended the Lavandin PROVENCE. For those who dont know, Lavandin is a hybrid between English and Spike Lavender. It is the kind of lavender commonly grown in France as it produces more essential oil per plant than traditional English Lavender. Ive read that perfumers actually prefer English Lavender because it is supposedly "sweeter". To me Lavandin smells like lavender. Heck Im not picky in this regard because this spring I planted three plants of this lavandin in unamended red clay soil just off of my patio and they are thriving.

So if lavender is kicking your butt get yourself some PROVENCE lavandin.

Oh and one last thing. Like our precious roses, lavender is a sun bather and wants 6 hours of direct a day.

Lavenders in my garden: Eidelweis (lavandin, white), Jean Davis (English, pink), Grosso (lavandin, violet-blue), Lavender Lady (English, violet), Provence (lavendin, soft purple), Rosea (English, pink).

Best wishes,



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Another Link or 2 (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: digit on 04.08.2007 at 11:12 am in Heirloom Plants & Gardens Forum

KEK, linked below is a website that "exists solely as a clearinghouse of heirloom vegetable images and information (primarily peppers & tomatoes)." (If you start looking for Porter tomato seeds, you'll need to run a google search, however. ;o)

The website provides links to the Seed Savers Exchange and Native Seeds Search - important organizations involved in bio-diversity.


Here is a link that might be useful: the Heirloom Archive


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RE: Free! (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: ninjabut on 02.12.2007 at 10:34 pm in Frugal Gardening Forum

I've gotten a few things in the last month from Hmmm, didn't make a link.
I have also gotten rid of some stuff!
Be sure if you join to make your site say that you want your e-mail to be put all in ONE e-mail! I think this is under member preferences.


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RE: Your favorite frugal gardening tip (Follow-Up #85)

posted by: sylviatexas on 01.12.2007 at 12:45 pm in Frugal Gardening Forum

"I still have the urge to go shopping at all the nurseries around here but I stave off the urge and tell myself to do something more constructive with my time."

NJCher posted this in February of 2004, so it's an oldie... but a goodie that bears repeating.

One of the most frugal (& enjoyable, & therapeutic, & rewarding) things we can do in our gardens is occupy our time & our hands.

I often have the impulse to add something to the garden, & as we all know, giving that impulse some immediate gratification always involves spending time & spending money.

So I try to save my time & my gasoine & my cash by "adding" via re-habbing something I already have, or creating something "new" from what I already have on hand:

thinning plants becomes trading or propagating or making arrangements.

removing spent roses becomes starting potpourri.

when I trim the gangly rosemary, I take in a few sprigs to scent the kitchen or office & sometimes I put a few sprigs into a small vase to share with the people at the bank, the post office, the vet clinic, Starbucks, etc.

Some of these vases come from garage sales, maximum cost 25 cents, & some of them are glass bottles from here & there.

I paid something like $9 for a glass bit for my little drill, & I now can drill drainage holes in old coffee mugs to make small planters for mint, ice plant, etc.

These are nice for occasions when people typically give cut flowers:
people in the hospital, new mamas, & such.
& the recipient has something that they can keep.

(& if I ever run out of coffee mugs, I bet I can find more at garage sales or thrift stores!)


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RE: Your favorite frugal gardening tip--seed tapes (Follow-Up #47)

posted by: Wings2W on 06.23.2004 at 09:07 pm in Frugal Gardening Forum

To Make Seed Tapes:

Rip old newspaper into one inch long strips tearing from the top to the bottom of the page. Use only black & white sections since colored print can emit toxins into your soil.
Make glue using 1/4-cup water to one-cup all-purpose flour.
Dab each seed with the flour-water glue and stick them in the center of the strip. Be sure the seeds are spaced evenly apart--check the back of your seed packet for the recommended amount of space between each seed.
When the glue is dry, roll up the strips and place in separate sealable plastic bags. To keep the seeds dry add one tablespoon of salt. It's also a good idea to place the seed packet into the respective seed bag. That way, in the spring, you'll know exactly how to plant them.
Store in a cool place, such as a basement, until spring.
When it's time to plant your seed tapes, lay each strip seed side up in rows several inches deep. Cover with soil and water.
Come next spring, you'll have beautifully spaced plants at a fraction of the effort.

I borrowed this from another site. A great way to sew those seeds!v :)



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RE: Your favorite frugal gardening tip (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: Harimad on 03.02.2004 at 10:04 am in Frugal Gardening Forum

1. Don't practice false economies when buying tools unless you're really short of cash. Good quality tools last much longer. And then take care of them properly. Alternatively, one could continuously buy cheap tools at yard sales, if one sees yard sales all the time (not in my neighborhood).

2. Work a few hours a week at a garden center. The pay may not be much but you get employee discount (check to see there is one) and you're there to see what's going on sale soon, what's about to be thrown out, what's in the 75% off bin, etc.



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RE: Pyracantha recipes (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: zorba_the_greek on 02.21.2007 at 06:28 am in Edible Landscape Forum

I've made pyracantha jelly. It tastes like a fruity apply and is rose in color. Pies might be a problem because of the tough seeds, and the texture is quite mealy. By all means experiement but I would think things made from the juice (or extracted flavors) would be more appealing than things made from the pulp.


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Poke salat - truth vs myth

posted by: mollymcbee on 03.20.2006 at 02:00 pm in Edible Landscape Forum

There are lot of misconceptions about this plant, and a lot of unnecessary dire warnings about how toxic it is. I guess they figure it's easier to scare folks away than to educate them and count on them to do things the right way. How sad.

Here's the truth about poke salat - phytolacca americana.

Poke salat, when it matures, develops purple colorations on its stalk, flower stem, and berries and seeds. It is the MATURE leaves, and purple stem and seeds that contain the poisonous substances. Young plants are safe, as is the juice.

Young poke without any hint of purple makes an excellent dish of greens similar to spinach. It must be parboiled, then should drained well and added to a skillet and fried in butter or bacon drippings. It's a meal fit for a king.

Mountain folk often make a wine from the berries, claiming that a small glass each day helps relieve their arthritis symptoms. They also make a jelly, discarding the seeds. Many southern cities have festivals in honor of poke, and many websites contain lots of information.

Poke plants are spread far and wide by birds who gobble up the berries, then deposit the seeds for miles around. In fact, the seeds are difficult to germinate artifically because they prefer going through the acid in a digestive tract and then get frozen before they will sprout.

Poke root is a herbal remedy that has been used for millenia with excellent results, but can be poisonous when used incorrectly, as sometimes happens with someone who doesn't know what they are doing.

Poke salat has a place of honor in my garden, and in my kitchen.

Molly McBee


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RE: unadulterated scullcap (scutellaria lateriflora) (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: jrmankins on 04.09.2007 at 10:13 pm in Herbalism Forum

i use a lot of skullcap, for its antidepressant and pain relieving properties. i found some s. parvula growing where i live years ago, and brought home some and planted it in my flowerbeds. i still have it and have used it for years with good results. i dry lots of it for teas, and tincture some in brandy every year. both are very helpful. there are many skullcaps, and most are likely to have similar properties. i feel a great deal safer using my own homegrown herbs, they are much less expensive and can't be taken away from us quite so easily as mass marketed ones.


i am positive that this plant is s. parvula because of the i.d. in wills/irwin book, 'roadside flowers of texas', university of texas press, 1961, page 192. irwin says s. parvula is a 3-12 inch plant from a curious rhyzome ...having the appearance of a string of beads. mine have this.
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RE: tea gardens (Follow-Up #18)

posted by: Talis on 06.13.2004 at 06:10 am in Heirloom Plants & Gardens Forum

I just had a sweet book on tea gardens out from the library - a relatively new pub, with chapters on developing several different kinds of gardens. I enjoy going out & just picking a bunch of fresh herbs in the AM - Lemon Balm, Sage, rosemary, lavender, thyme, marjoram, wood betony, hyssop, a rose, perhaps a leaf of Motherwort or wormwood (very bitter, so only one leaf); & recently read that adding an artichoke petal or piece of leaf (also bitter) will make the other herbs seem sweeter. I also grow Stevia, (annual), so I can add a leaf or two if I want a sweeter brew. One favorite that no one has mentioned yet is "Yerba Buena," tho we always called it "Oregon Tea." Satureja douglassi. It's related to winter & summer savory, but tastes more 'minty,' tastes & smells devine! It likes a shady spot, Nichols sells plants. I got a tea camellia from Nichols this spring, & have been adding a few fresh tip leaves to my morning brew every few days. Then there's Chai - adding a spicey mix (ginger, cinnamon, cloves); in China tea was originally called 'Ch'a' & received its own character about 725 AD. Lavender is another option for adding a floral touch to black tea. A doctor friend is growing a Ginkgo plantation, keeping them trimmed as a hedge for picking the leaves as they begin to turn gold - you can add a few to tea. Rose hips, hawthorne berries, wolfberries, any of the raspberry, blackberry, strawberry leaves; (raspberry is especially good during pregnancy), red clover flowers, (if you dry them, discard any that turn brown), & of course nettles! (OK, so urban gardeners don't usually grow nettles) Hop 'cones' can be added to that PM brew to promote sleep. I was lucky to inherit an herb garden planted by a Master Gardener; pretty much the 'basics,' to which I'm adding my favorites. Most of the 'mint family' herbs contain antioxidents, as does Camellia senensis; 'how can a man die with Sage in his garden?' & drinking lemon balm daily is said to promote healthy, long life. Adelma Simmons has several sweet 'tea garden' books - look in the library or used book stores for these. ENJOY!!


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RE: black nightshade (garden huckelberry) (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: crankyoldman on 11.19.2005 at 02:16 pm in Herbs Forum

There's a very in-depth article about S. nigrum (black nightshade) here:

You can download a pdf of the article free.

You can eat the berries as long as they are boiled. Apparently, fermentation also works to destroy the solanine. I have been wanting to make black nightshade wine from the berries forever. Never get around to it.


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RE: black nightshade (garden huckelberry) (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: Herbalynn on 10.14.2005 at 11:44 am in Herbs Forum

Here's a recipe for pie that sounds delish! Enjoy, Lynn

Here is a link that might be useful: GH Pie @ Flower & Garden magazine


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black nightshade (garden huckelberry)

posted by: shortarse_hedgewitch on 10.12.2005 at 12:56 pm in Herbs Forum

my gods i haven't been here in AGES

anyhoo down to bussiness,

does anyone have any good recipies for black nightshade jam, the berries one ripe (according to many sources) are not poisonous, and anyway boiling destroys the poisonous alkaliods in solanaceae (nightshades)

i would like to make some as it grows round here and nightshade jam sounds interesting :)


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