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Articles by Maria Price

They’re tasty and good for you 

 

      Our native berry has minimal disease problems. It doesn’t take up a lot of room. It’s good for you and tastes great. Eating them puts you in harmony with native Americans, who foraged them for centuries.

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This gift of nature is yours for the taking right now

 

     Driving along the highways during most of June, you may see the most delightful flowering native shrub or small tree. The flowers of native elderflower, Sambucus canadensis, have especially stood out this year, like antique edging on highways, where there are wet areas on the margins of woods....

To succeed, make your garden Mediterranean-like

 

     I fell in love with lavender when I saw fields of solid purple in Provence, France. I was further smitten when I walked through three-foot-tall bushes of lavender in Monet’s garden in Giverny. Back home, I tried to reproduce lavenders of the size I saw in France. Though I’ve grown them successfully, I’ve never been able to get them to grow as large as those.

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Take them off the wanted poster and into the kitchen
     The cheery bright yellow flowers of the common dandelion have been maligned by herbicide companies. The plant is on the wanted poster for people who want perfectly green lawns. One of the best ways to rid your lawn of dandelions is to eat them.
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It will strengthen your memory and improve your meals

     “Rosemary is for remembrance, pray you love, remember,” says Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
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Our oldest garden flower has rich history, fragrance and flavor

     For me, the Mother’s Day flower is the rose. Roses are probably the oldest known plant surviving in modern gardens.
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Swamp and common are the ­toughest to tell apart

     It is encouraging to see everybody talking about native plants these days. But native plants are nothing new. They were here before colonization and have evolved in our environment over time. 
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Grow and eat them for a long, healthy life

     The Blue Zone challenge is to adopt a lifestyle of community, easy exercise and eating fresh from your garden. In the Blue Zone of Ikaria, Greece, greens, including wild greens, are part of the everyday diet. I have found in years of teaching that people are no longer familiar with the preparation of greens. You’re more likely to include greens in your diet if you have some easy recipes.
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Good for Peter Rabbit, good for you

    A great way to get children interested in gardening is to read the tales of Peter Rabbit and his many friends by Beatrix Potter. Her wonderful illustrations bring the animals to life. Peter and his siblings, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail, always ventured into Mr. MacGregor’s garden against the wishes of their mother. There, Peter was very naughty and ate lettuce, carrots, cabbage and radishes. After barely escaping from Mr....

Blooming bulbs and camellias ­herald spring

       After a long winter, the early spring flowers are eagerly anticipated. I always believe in the wisdom of the groundhog and his prediction of an early spring, but this year his timing was a little off. When the bulbs started to bloom, I forgave him. Bulbs come in thousands of varieties.
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