A row of unusual jams

Unusual Garden Bounty

Here it is, fall again, with a grey sky loosing the occasional snowflake. Inside, the woodstove is giving off a cozy warmth and there is jam bubbling on the stove. For years now, I have been growing ‘unusual’ plants. I’ve finally discovered what is needed for them to thrive and now have so much bounty…

dragonfly in meadow grass

Restoring a Meadow

ChiloquinNews article July 8th, 2013… Our home was built here along the Wood River Canal in 2006. At that time, the lot we started with grew mostly annual rye grass and weeds, but there were a few native plants struggling along as well. I knew I didn’t want a lawn to maintain and water, and…

Prickly Lettuce

This Week’s Weed – Prickly Lettuce ChiloquinNews article October 1st, 2012  I’ve saved my most dreaded weed ‘til last. Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca serriola) is commonly considered a weed of orchards, roadsides and field crops, but in fact, it will grow anywhere from dry to wet, bright sun to deep shade, in grasslands or through thick…

Bedstraw – Galium aparine

This Week’s Weed – Bedstraw ChiloquinNews article August 20th, 2012 Galium aparine, otherwise known as common bedstraw, goosegrass, cleavers, stickywilly and in Ireland, “Robin run the hedge”, is an annual plant of the family Rubiaceae, which is native to North America and Eurasia. It’s not the worst of the weeds we have to deal with,…

Mullein

This week’s Weed – Mullein ChiloquinNews article August 6th, 2012 The mulleins, genus Verbascum are a genus of about of 250 species in the figwort family, native to Europe and Asia. In the garden Verbascums are valued for their tall flower spikes. There are a number of new hybrid cultivars that are not at all…