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Buying annual plants (and other stuff) on eBay -- is it a good idea?
Or, if the buyer wants to sell something specifically to you, she can create an auction that only you can see. That's all changed now—you get a combined feedback score with no details, and the lag between when you order and when the orders start arriving...
California
El Segundo
Is it my Fault or is it the Plant? A Guide to Perennial Longevity
If the plant is not on this list, ask the garden center staff or email the. Once you know the longevity of the plant, you can plan your garden (and your finances) accordingly.Thanks to the following DG members for the use of their photos:Questions?
California
El Segundo
Why Choose a Locally Owned Nursery to Buy Your Plants?
The moment I stepped out of the car, my eyes were drawn to the various demonstration gardens and immediately all the senses were engaged before I even set foot in the nursery, I was already planning what to buy thanks to the type written plaques strategically...
California
El Segundo
Herb-Infused Honey
One of the best way to combat pollen allergies is, ironically, with the pollen of the plant that "bit" you. And with spring, comes allergies. Honey itself is not prone to spoilage, and is used to preserve the more delicate herbs.
California
El Segundo
Gardening Resources: Exploring the Local Farm Store
Gardeners in the Northern Hemisphere are in the process of either starting seeds or anxiously awaiting the magical calendar date that gives them the green light. If you are dealing with a specific condition or pest, chances are, they know all about it...
California
El Segundo
Spices of the World: Cloves
Bring to boil.Fill jars with beets and onions leaving ½ inch headspace.Process pints and quarts 30 minutes in boiling water bath. However there is much more to cloves than chewing gum and a toothache remedy.Cloves are harvested from an evergreen tree...
California
El Segundo
Spices From Around The World: Cinnamon
Remove the pork from pan. You can use store-bought cinnamon powder, but good cooks know store-bought only delivers only 10% of the power of freshly ground cinnamon. Cool the cake completely on a wire rack, and cut using a serrated knife.Note: You can...
California
El Segundo
Spices From Around The World: Nutmeg
If you haven't used it before, why not give it a try? I thought I knew a lot about spices until I began to research this article. Nutmeg and mace are very similar with nutmeg being slightly sweeter than its cousin mace.I think we are all familiar with...
California
El Segundo
Spices From Around The World: Bay Leaves
Let it steep for a few minutes and then take a big whiff. Let boil for 3 minutes then remove the pot from the heat and let the tea steep for 4 minutes.Strain and drink or sweeten to suit your taste.
California
El Segundo
Cumin--A Warm Spice in Every Culture
Cumin has been used in Indian cooking for thousands of years, and in Latin America ever since it was introduced in the late 15th century. It was also imported to China where it is called ku-ming (枯茗).
California
El Segundo
Fixatives for Your Potpourri
Extracts from it form the base note for a surprising number of fragrances. Other types of moss can be added to potpourri for texture and bulk.Sandalwood Chips - This is the chopped wood of a hemiparasitic tree native to India, Indonesia, Australia and...
California
El Segundo
Storing Saved Seed
Seed fortrade or for my own keeping then get sealed into little jewelry bags I find at the discount store in the craft section (or order in bulk, if needed). Harvested seed is immediately put into brown paper lunch sacks and attached to a hanging bar...
California
El Segundo
The Herbs and Spices of Thanksgiving
Ginger is available in a variety of forms, but bakers most often use powdered ginger, which imparts a pleasant sharpness and heat to baked goods.Cloves, or Eugenia caryophyllus, are unopened flower buds from the evergreen clove tree.
California
El Segundo
The Subtle Saffron: Growing and Using
One-quarter ounce contains about 1 cup of saffron threads and can cost $70 for Kashmir saffron and $50 for Spanish saffron in 2007 prices.The largest saffron producer in the world is Iran and it is widely grown in Spain and India.Saffron grows from the...
California
El Segundo
Storing Seeds – How To Store Seeds
Some seeds can last for three to four years, such as:It's always best to use seed as quickly as possible for fastest germination and growth. Every seed is different so the exact length of time for storing seeds will vary, however, if done properly most...
Ohio
Willoughby
Will the Real Cinnamon Please Stand Up?
But if you want to add a rich and delicate flavor to baked goods or ethnic cuisine, add Ceylon cinnamon to your spice cabinet!This quantity is sufficient for a full 8-quart pot of bean and meat chili.It makes a nice gift in a 12-ounce jar and is especially...
California
El Segundo
Hot Breakfast Pastries and Tubers with Rot - What Can Make Them Both Better?
To my delight, the wound was dry and showed no signs of further rotting. The most important part of the preparation is to be sure you have removed all diseased or rotted tissue from the affected area.
California
El Segundo
The Tiny Seed with BIG Flavor You Can Grow at Home: Sesame
We have had fresh baked bread garnished with sesame seeds, and tasted tahini (sometimes called the butter of the Middle East), a ground toasted sesame seed paste used in hummus, baba ganoush, halvah and other traditional Middle Eastern dishes.
California
El Segundo
How to Buy a Lawn Aerator Best for Your Needs
Clay soils can become compacted in other ways by the use of spike aerators, so a plug aerator is the better option, but for lighter soils a spike aerator can be a viable option. How Wide Is the Aerator?
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Storing Onions – How To Store Homegrown Onions
Some bulbs can be stored for several months. Some methods of how to store onions will keep them for months. Spread the onions in a single layer on a clean, dry surface. Few things are better than using your own produce when snow covers the ground and...
Ohio
Willoughby
Seasoned Greetings! Traditional flavors can spice up your holidays this year.
Grate your own Nutmeg (they even sell Nutmeg in a little grater now), use whole Cloves and whole Cinnamon. That's why the Dutch gave the British the island of New Amsterdam, in exchange for the Indonesian island of Molucca (or Moluka) where Nutmeg grows.
California
El Segundo
Mulling Spices: Create Your Own Winter Traditions
Some Rights Reserved.: Flickr Creative Commons, by Jonny Ho. Some Rights Reserved.: Flickr Creative Commons, by shommama. Secure with cooking twine. If I'm including dried citrus peel, I begin it a day in advance by peeling a lemon and an orange, and...
California
El Segundo
How to Buy Individual Flowers
School horticulture programs, a neighborhood flower society or a locally-owned nursery can all provide individual flowers, and are often willing to direct you to someone who can help if they are unable to meet your flower needs.
California
Santa Monica
Homemade Ground Pepper Spices
Dried peppers and blends also make useful garden gifts when packaged in decorative spice jars.These are what I like to call 'free-style' recipes, meaning that there is no need to follow exact measurements of the ingredients suggested.Dry and grind up...
California
El Segundo
Maryland Challenged to Buy Local
Plus, she says, local farmers are likely to reinvest that money into the local community. The most unique entry from a Marylander will receive a catered lunch for up to 20 people and a gift basket of Maryland farm products.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
The Best Veggie Garden $1 Can Buy
With the economy how it is, I, along with many other people around the world, am turning to vegetable gardening as a way to cut my bills.The only problem is that I don't have any extra money to invest in what seems like, at least right now, a pipe dream.So...
California
El Segundo
Make Your Own Scented Sugar
But it is such a simple process to scent sucrose, why not add a personal touch-while saving some cash and make your own? To make your own scented sugar, you need a clean glass jar.As there will be no heat processing later, I prefer to sanitize my jars...
California
El Segundo
Saffron Crocus
According to the USDA National Nutrition Database for Standard Reference, ¼ teaspoon of Saffron spice is a good source of Vitamin B6, Iron and Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin C, Magnesium and Manganese.
California
El Segundo
The Clove Tree
What is that mess on your face and in your hair?" My memory conveniently closes down at that point. This essential oil holds the chemicals eugenol and eugenyl acetate, which accounts for most of clove's culinary and medicinal properties.
California
El Segundo