Monthly Archive for: ‘August, 2011’

Dill Pickles Small

It’s Canning Season

It’s that time of year again that keeps my hands and my senses overloaded.  I hoard fresh produce when I see it at a market or farm, or by climbing my neighbour’s trees like a squirrel and collecting way to0 many figs, or by diving deep into the wild blackberry brambles for fresh blackberries.  I can’t help it.  It’s a compulsion. …

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50 Beautiful Deer Resistant Plants

Book Giveaway: 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants

If you missed the giveaway on the Timber Press blog for Ruth Rogers Clausen’s new book, 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants: The Prettiest Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Shrubs that Deer Don’t Eat, you’ll be happy to know we are holding another one this week for the readers of Garden Therapy. 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants makes keeping deer away as simple as choosing …

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Lavender Sachets

Lavender Sachets

Me: I’m making you lavender sachets for your t-shirt drawer. Husband: But what will my friends think when I show up somewhere smelling like flowers? Me: That you’re married. DIY: Easily make these lavender sachets by filling  organza bags from craft or discount stores with dried lavender flowers.  In addition to freshening up drawers, you can tuck one in your pillow at …

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The First Tomatoes

It’s not much of a harvest but with our cold rainy summer at least it’s something: our first bowl of mixed heirloom tomatoes. They are mainly Tumbler, but there are a few Orange Cherry and Golden Rave (a 2-bite yellow Roma). Hoping for more next week!

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Kew Red Lavender Small

Drying Lavender = Garden Decor

I bought a Kew Red lavender plant at the farmer’s market this past spring at which time I met a Lavender Guru. He told me the secret to beautiful lavender on the West Coast is to harvest the flowers and cut back the shrub by half all before August 15th. I have eight different lavender plants scattered around the garden, …

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Citronella CAN-dles

Tonight the mosquitoes have decided that it’s time for a feast and, not one to give up a fight, I made citronella CANdles this year to keep those buggers away. DIY: This easy project can be simply done in an hour if you have some cans, some wax (old candle nubs will do just fine), and some citronella oil. The most difficult …

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