Growing Blackberries for Profit

The Accidental Blackberry Farmer It’s not unusual for an interest to turn into a business. That’s what happened to Robert Hays of Hays Blackberry Farms. Bob loved blackberries, and a gift of 6 blackberry plants in 1999, were the beginning of what is today, a 10,000+ blackberry farm in Dumas, Mississippi. We thoroughly enjoyed this interview … Read more

Garden Projects for 55 Gallon Barrel Drums

Upcycle 55 Gallon Drums for Raised Bed Gardens and EarthBoxes Got drums? They can be great for raised bed gardens, earth boxes, rain barrels and aquaponics. If you happen to have old storage drums around, this is an idea for you. If you don’t, there are sources for new, recycled and refurbished drums. Editor’s Note: … Read more

Garden Poetry – Gift of the Season by Debra Yvonne Mathis

Lovely pear blossoms

Gift of the Season The hard yellow pears hung accusingly for days, and several simply dried upon the branch, exuding their somewhat sweet nectar to the joy of uncountable ants. With no sure venue for their sale, even morphed into a buttery shmear, I was willing to leave them to their demise this year. But … Read more

3 Backyard Weeds You Can Eat

Don’t Spray Those Wild Weeds! Eat them instead!  Well, some of them! So many of the plants that we treat as pests in our lawns are both delicious and nutritious wild edible weeds. If we were on a hike and saw a head of broccoli or kale, we’d know what that was and that we … Read more

Best Pomegranate Deseeder Tool for Pomegranate Season

pomegranate shrub

The Potent Pomegranate We knew that pomegranate, Punica granatum, was delicious and nutritious. But wow! We had no idea just how powerful it is. Pomegranate seems to be a virtual miracle food and every part of the pomegranate plant has beneficial healing properties! The pomegranate fruit, pith, skin, leaves, flowers, bark and roots all have … Read more

Marsh Mallow Plant – a Return to Edible and Medicinal Roots

The Prodigal Weed – The Marshmallow Plant Wild edible and medicinal, the marsh mallow plant, after which the marshmallow treat was named, comes from a large family of mallows. Called Malvaceae, the Mallow family includes okra, hibiscus, and cottons. The latin for marshmallow, tells us what it’s about. Althea officinalis, is named after the Greek Althea, meaning “heal” or “cure”. … Read more