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How to Make Calendula Cream and Oil + Benefits!

By Jane Seeley with GardensAll Calendula (Calendula officinalis), is a flower with many benefits and from a very worthy family of plants. Related to—and sometimes confused with—Marigold (Tagetes), they're both little cousins of the Sunflower family (Asteraceae or Compositae). Calendula is the...

Pumpkin on a Stick Ornamental Eggplant (Yes… Eggplant!)

Is it a pumpkin? Is it a tomato...? No! It's actually an eggplant! Seeds arrived in the mail from GardensAll Facebook community member, Kathlyn Pykosz Cairns, so we had to grow some! Gardeners with seeds in hand... #planted! It's been fun...

Cucamelon – the Cutest Little Exotic Vegetable

Cucamelons are also known as: Mexican Sour Gherkin Mouse Melon Mexican Cucumber Sandita (Central American name, meaning little watermelon) Well, here it is summer and it's a joy to see our gardening efforts paying off with loads of produce, particularly...

Sambucus Canadensis and Sambucus Nigra – the Edible Elderberries

The elderberry Sambucus canadensis and sambucus nigra, are important plants, with highly nutritious berries and flowers great for boosting the immune system and so much more. The canadensis, is a native North American shrub, growing wild in the northeast and northwestern states....
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Garden Harvest Basket and Colander

A Handy Produce Basket Summer means daily harvesting of garden goodies. There are many different kinds of receptacles to use for gathering fresh produce. From veggies tossed in a shirt or hat, to boxes, grocery bags or wheelbarrows, just about...
plant propagation

Rooting Hormone for Plant Propagation

What are Rooting Hormones? Rooting hormones are not essential to plant propagation, but definitely helpful and can significantly increase chances of successfully rooting cuttings. Rooting hormones are beneficial for any cuttings, but are not as practical for the added time and expense...

Blueberry Fertilizer and 3 Easy Steps to Healthier Bushes

If Your Blueberries are Struggling... A couple years ago, our blueberry production was way off. The 40 plants at the upper level looked to be struggling. A few didn't make it. Last year they did fantastic. This year, we removed...

Suncatcher Bird Repellent from Old CDs and DVDs

Sun Catchers, Wind Chimes, and Wind Spinners for Bird Chasers Here are some crafty garden ideas for what to do with used CDs. And more than artsy, they're also functional. Helen Joe, from the Gardens All Facebook community says: "We hang them all over...

Can You Freeze Cucumbers?

Frozen Cucumbers? Yes! Okay, so you CAN freeze cucumbers. We got this first idea below by Julia Martens Fornay on HGTV.((http://www.hgtv.com/outdoors/gardens/garden-to-table/can-you-freeze-cucumbers)) Their main theme was to pickle them, which we do. But we also wanted the healthiest and freshest cucumber options,...

Home Freeze Dryer – Preserving Food for Long Term Storage

Lyophilization That's what it's called when you freeze dry something. When it comes to food, it's the ultimate food preservation and storage option. The ultimate food preservation and storage solution. While working on an article on food dehydration, we found our way into...