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Gardening

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.

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.      In the language of flowers, rosemary represents remembrance, fidelity, devotion, wisdom and strengthened memory. In the spirit of love, rosemary has been used in wedding crowns and bouquets, dipped in sweet waters or gilded and often tied with gold ribbons. It was presented to the groom as well as the bride and was one of the first bouquets to be thrown to bridesmaids.

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.

Thanks to Helena Scher for helping Bay Weekly readers propogate butterfly-loving plants

       It takes just one person to plant a seed of change.          This spring, Helena Scher of Millersville has taken on that Johnny Appleseed role for the planting of milkweed.          “We had a nice crop last summer,” Scher says of her backyard common milkweed. “Many butterflies visited.”

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. 

Stock up on their favorite foods

      “Obsessed with food, caterpillars are a mouth attached to a stomach.” –Sharmon Apt Russell, An Obsession with Butterflies         Why would anyone buy a plant that a worm is going to devour?

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.

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. MacGregor’s hoe, Peter had quite a bellyache. Upon Peter’s return home, the very wise Mrs.

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.

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.