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Q: How do I get rid of chickweed?

A: Don’t try to beat it, eat it!

On Tuesday I teach an online course called Compost Academy. Students, mostly women, from Alabama to Alberta meet in lively Zoom meetings. It’s not just about composting either, especially on Fridays, which have become “Souchons Marion!” Question and answer sessions.

Last week, the subject of weeding emerged. As in, how can you make weeding a not-so-horrible chore?

Someone mentioned chickweed. We could measure collective moans on the Richter scale.

Google “chickweed” and on the same page you will find polar opposing views, from “chickweed is an edible and delicious weed” to “how do I kill chickweed in my lawn?”

Here’s the deal: Blindly tossing chickweed as a plague in the garden that must be eradicated immediately is to miss out on one of nature’s finest herbs and foods.

“I use chickweed as a super food,” says Laurisa Rich of Martha’s Vineyard, adding that Michael Pollan, author of many bestsellers including “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and “In Defense of Food”, considers chickweed. birds as one of the most nourishing green vegetables on the planet. .

What Makes Chickweed a Super Food? It is rich in vitamin C, vitamin B complex, calcium, magnesium and zinc.

How does she eat chickweed? “I stuff it into my smoothies and cut it into salads. I blanch it and also freeze it in cubes for the winter.

Maybe it’s time to rethink the chickweed …

Stellaria media, chickweed, is an annual and perennial flowering plant in the Caryophyllaceae family. Originally from Eurasia, he naturalized all over the world.

According to Penelope Ody’s wonderful reference, “The Complete Medicinal Herbal”, chickweed has medicinal properties and is used in traditional medicine as a remedy to treat itchy skin and lung disease (related to the lungs).

In addition to its medicinal properties, it is cultivated as a vegetable crop and ground cover for human and poultry consumption.

Chickweed is also known for its high iron content, and modern herbalists prescribe it for iron deficiency anemia as well as for skin diseases, bronchitis, rheumatic pain, arthritis, and menstrual pain.

Now I am not an herbalist or a doctor. So beyond this article, you are on your own.

And if you still want to get rid of chickweed, read on …

There are two species of chickweed. There is the perennial species, known as the mouse-eared chickweed (Cerastium vulgatum), which forms dense, low spots in lawns and gardens. (He somehow manages to escape the whirling lawn mower blades.)

The other species, the chickweed (Stellaria media), which I mentioned above, is an annual and is much easier to control. The best way to get rid of (sounds better than “killing”) chickweed is to remove as much as possible from the ground by hand.

This is a relatively easy task, as both species have shallow roots, which means they can be quickly removed by hoeing or pulling by hand. Try to remove the whole plant.

Back to class. … After discussing chickweed, one of the ladies asked:

Q: So how do you deter weeds?

Weeding is part of gardening, I say. And they’re a part of life, just like colds, horns, and people we’d rather not be with. More on that later …

I followed up with this list of tips to prevent more weeds from sprouting.

Participate in your garden. Don’t be an absent owner hoping things will work out on their own.

Do daily weed patrols. Mornings are the best. Take your coffee if needed.

Pull out all the weeds you can in a set amount of time, say 15 or 30 minutes. Set a timer. Gradually made the difference.

Make weeds EASIER to pull or dig up by adding compost to your soil.

Don’t let weeds go to seed: one year of seeds equals seven years of weeds.

DO NOT use a weedkiller unless it is an absolute last resort. Our laziness does not justify the use of lethal solutions. Plus, they don’t get to the root of the problem.

Do not dig deep or use a tiller: weed seeds are everywhere, but it is in the first few inches of the soil that they receive enough light to germinate.

As the old saying goes: pull when wet, hoe when dry When the soil is wet, pull weeds. An old table fork twists little tendrils. Go get bigger plants with a fishtail weed killer or stirrup hoe.

Be a grateful one-on-one! If you can’t get them off, at least cut off their heads.

What’s a weed, anyway? Rather than seeing them as the enemy, get to know them. Remember that some weeds are edible. And dandelions might be the first real meal a bumblebee enjoys after hibernating through the winter.

As for people, you prefer not to be there. … It’s not just about them. Set healthy limits. Be direct. We feel safe with direct and honest people, don’t we? They say what they think and we know where we are with them. Dead flowers and peas train.

To end today’s treatise on chickweed and weeding, I leave you with this recipe:

Chickweed pesto

This pesto is very “shiny”, just like summer. It’s great mixed into cooked pasta or dabbed on a pizza. And it freezes well for later use.

1/2 cup walnuts, cashews or pine nuts

2-3 garlic cloves, chopped

3 cups chickweed, loosely packed

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil or water

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan or nutritional yeast

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. A blender can be used instead, but it helps chop chickweed first. If it’s too thick, slowly drizzle with a little more olive oil or water.

Gardening calendar:

Volunteers needed for the community project:

Kodiak Harvest Food Cooperative, Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center (KWRCC) and Kodiak 4-H are teaming up to create flower beds at KWRCC Refuge.

This community project will rehabilitate some garden boxes at the front of the KWRCC shelter and establish three new garden boxes for growing vegetables and herbs in the backyard of the property. If you would like to lend a hand or make an in-kind donation, please contact Emily at eaiacobucci@gmail.com.

A question about gardening? Send it to: mygarden@alaska.net or visit my blog at: MarionOwenAlaska.com.


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The best gardens feature sculptural ‘woody’ plants – L’Observateur https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/the-best-gardens-feature-sculptural-woody-plants-lobservateur/ Sun, 20 Jun 2021 16:33:00 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/the-best-gardens-feature-sculptural-woody-plants-lobservateur/

Spring flowers are usually easy, with azaleas and other early-flowering shrubs pushing us into our color-hungry eyes. But it takes a real herd to hold out, let alone shine, in the heat and humidity of the scorching Mississippi summers.

As much as we love our cannas, purple coneflowers, lantana, and other summer flowering perennials, the best gardens include several other sculptural “woody” plants, especially those that bloom at this time of year.

There are the most obvious ones, of course, starting with the crepe myrtles of different sizes and colors, roses and abelia, which when I was a child were my go-to flower for catching butterflies and butterflies. strange little hummingbirds or bumblebees with pale wings.

As crepe myrtles gradually succumb to the serious new pest called cochineal, I expect renewed interest in the many more floriferous and less weedy forms of the old-fashioned althaea, a cold-hardy hibiscus often referred to as rose of Sharon because it is native to the plains of Sharon.

Drought tolerant althaeas appear as single and double flowers that are white, pink, lavender, purple, red and even blue, with or without a contrasting throat; some also have variegated leaves. All of them are graveyard resistant – the easiest way to kill one is to use fertilizer and water.

Other southern summer bloom beauties include both large and small gardenias, continuous blooming hydrangeas, Encore azaleas, Little Gem magnolia, vitex (another amazing contender for myrtle substitute crepe), oleander, beautyberry, bottle brush and butterfly bush or Buddleia, which depends on repetition pruning to keep flowers strong.

While I try to leave enticing descriptions of hard-to-find plants to other authors, there are a handful of exotic beauties that, though rarely found in garden centers, are traffic jams grown statewide. . The glory arbor, a type of Clerodendrum that is a tree on the coast and a large shrub in central Mississippi, is by far the most fragrant summer bloom. Brunfelsia is an ancient passalon shrub commonly referred to as “yesterday, today and tomorrow” because its purple flowers fade to lavender, pink, and white.

Along with my sun-loving summer blooming sumac and stunning fall foliage, two other native shrubs are seriously overlooked as summer bloom mainstays for shade and damp gardens. An online search will show the exquisite blossoms of the balmy summer, a small spreading shrub with fragrant spikes of white or pink blossoms, and a bud with its dozens of round thorny flowers that looked like Sputnik satellites but now look like the Covid virus. more familiar. Both are large blooms in midsummer and are usually enveloped in butterflies and hummingbirds.

This is all enhanced if you add a few less hardy shrubs and large perennials that contrast with the regular woody shrubs, such as lantana, Crinum lilies, etc.

And no list of showy summer shrub plants would ignore ornamental grasses and how their plume, feather, or bottlebrush flowers really shine in the summer, especially when backlit by the sun. My favorite ornamental shrub grasses include the great variegated cane, compact pampas grass, sprig stems of fountain grass (Pennisetum) and all the different kinds of feathery “virgin grasses” (Miscanthus) that my rear- grandmother has grown before have become pillars of the landscape.

I bet you have one or more and you can find room for a few or three more. Meanwhile, until you can find them for your garden, add an unwavering pop of summer color with a flag, or maybe even a set of glass bottles where its colors can reflect the sun and the sky. ‘summer.

Then sit back, relax and marvel, as the neighbors pout at how their garish spring flowering shrubs have faded into large, green meatballs that need to be trimmed.


Felder Rushing is a Mississippi writer, columnist, and host of the “Gestalt Gardener” on MPB Think Radio. Send your gardening questions to rushingfelder@yahoo.com.


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Greeley Garden Tour 2021 Takeaway Saturday https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/greeley-garden-tour-2021-takeaway-saturday/ Sat, 19 Jun 2021 23:37:14 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/greeley-garden-tour-2021-takeaway-saturday/

Gardeners of all skill levels and ages, or those who simply enjoy viewing amazing gardens, will be delighted to hear that the Greeley Garden Tour is back for 2021.

The tour will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday and will continue until 2 p.m. The tour will include five residential gardens as well as the gardens of the Powder Learning Center.

This year’s garden tourists can expect to see a wide array of plants, flowers, garden art, and more.

“The Frain completely transformed their sod front yard into an xeriscape garden as part of the City of Greeley’s Life After Lawn 2018 pilot project,” said Ruth Quade, tour committee member. “The Poudre Learning Center has a sensory garden and the Wilcox Garden is home to many native plants and tries to use reused items.”

Guest artists and musicians often volunteer to attend a specific garden on the tour to play music or paint, which makes the tour even more interesting.

A map of the gardens that will be featured on the 2021 Greeley Garden Tour (Photo courtesy of Greeley Garden Tour)

Eli and Marva Willcox, 4725 9th Street Road, are delighted to welcome visitors as they tour their garden. The couple were on the tour in 2005.

“We changed some plants and added elements to our yard and garden. We have garden art that my son made, as well as flower gardens, ”said Marva Willcox. “The majority of my plants are water efficient plants, and some parts of my garden don’t have water. And they are doing wonderfully. Our biggest goal is to have beautiful gardens while using little water.

The Willcoxes took up gardening to cope with their grief after losing their daughter, Catey Willcox, 16, in a car crash in 1998. What started with a few plants here and there has grown into a passion for it. couple.

“Our very first garden, which we still have, is our little garden for Catey,” said Marva Willcox. “That’s the goal that got us started, and then we kind of lost our minds and went crazy and went everywhere.”

The locations of the other gardens on the tour are:

  • Deb and Gene Frain, 1219 23rd Avenue Court, Greeley.
  • Joan Reed, 3214 Cramer Avenue, Evans.
  • Sharon and Willard Kendall, 3507 Powderkeg Drive, Evans.
  • Misty Peif, 5750 Arrowhead Drive, Greeley.
  • The Powder Learning Center, 8313 F St., Greeley.

Each year, the tour committee collects garden suggestions from friends, acquaintances, community members or residents who volunteer to participate in the tour. Committee members will then take a look at the potential candidate garden and report on the visit.

Profits from the tour will be donated to the Poudre Learning Center. The center educates the community about environmental stewardship and nature through 65 acres of walking trails, habitats and gardens.

Visitors to the Greeley Garden Tour 2019 experience lush foliage at one of the garden stops. The tour gardens feature a variety of plants, flowers, and yard art. (Greeley Tribune file photo)

The money from the visit allows the center to purchase native plants and help fund the centre’s program called Families Investigating Science at Home, or FISH.

“The money goes to a good cause and gardeners love to share their gardens,” Quade said. “They are proud and other gardeners love to see what someone else has done, how they handled a problem, an innovative idea or beautiful art. The gardens are as unique as the people.

When the tour began, the proceeds were donated to the University of Northern Colorado School of Nursing for scholarships. The tour committee was able to fully endow two $ 1,000 scholarships for undergraduate nursing students. The scholarship program was able to continue thanks to the Gift of Garden account of the UNC Foundation.

Tickets for the tour are $ 15 for adults and teens 13 and older. Tickets for children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the tour at any of the gardens or in advance at Lolly’s Hallmark Shop, 2030 35th Ave., Pope Farms Produce and Garden Center, 6501 28th St., and Happy Life Gardens at 2000 37th St.


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Fashion show to commemorate June 19 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/fashion-show-to-commemorate-june-19/ Fri, 18 Jun 2021 22:56:00 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/fashion-show-to-commemorate-june-19/

To commemorate Juneteenth, a group of local designers are organizing a fashion show, with part of the proceeds going to the community. The hair is curling. Make-up is applied. Track. “The Gapelii brand was created to give back to the community,” said Andrew Akufo of the label. The community that helped raise him. Akufo is a graduate of Del City High School and the University of Central Oklahoma. He added a fashion designer to his resume. “The G stands for growth, the A for ambition and influence,” he said. Gapelii, along with other local creators like Bell Ime, as well as volunteers from Paul Mitchell School in Norman, are getting ready for the “Blooming Into Juneteenth” show. “You are looking at George Floyd,” Akufo said, “this was the perfect time to bring this to the fore.” Special Juneteenth shirts will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds. “We’re giving 10%,” Akufo said, “to high school students here in Oklahoma.” The event is free and begins at 2 p.m. Saturday with music and blessings from local pastors at the Myriad Gardens water scene. The fashion show starts at 5 p.m.

To commemorate Juneteenth, a group of local designers are organizing a fashion show, with part of the proceeds going to the community.

The hair is curling.

Make-up is applied.

And the drawings read to be taken for a ride on the track.

“The Gapelii brand was created to give back to the community,” said Andrew Akufo of the label.

The community that helped raise him. Akufo is a graduate of Del City High School and the University of Central Oklahoma. He added the fashion designer to his resume.

“The G stands for growth, the A for ambition and influence,” he said.

Gapelii, along with other local designers like Bell Ime, as well as volunteers from the Paul Mitchell School in Norman, are getting ready for the “Blooming Into Juneteenth” show.

“You look at George Floyd,” Akufo said, “this seemed like the perfect time to put this forward. “

Special Juneteenth shirts will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to the community.

“We’re giving 10%,” Akufo said, “to high school kids here in Oklahoma.”

The event is free and begins at 2 p.m. Saturday with music and blessings from local pastors at the Myriad Gardens Water Stage. The fashion show starts at 5 p.m.


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Sandy students build water efficient community gardens https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/sandy-students-build-water-efficient-community-gardens/ Fri, 18 Jun 2021 00:02:33 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/sandy-students-build-water-efficient-community-gardens/

SANDY, Utah – Teachers at Entrada High School at Sandy were just looking for a convenient way to teach biology and botany. What their students came up with could have a big impact on the community; water efficient community gardens that can be grown where others cannot.

WATCH: Students work to save water during drought in Utah

“I have a feeling it’s going to be good for the community,” said Elisa Gonzalez, a student at Entrada High School. “It’s a lot of fun, really. Hard work, but it’s a lot of fun.”

“We had a lot of students who needed credits,” added Dave Dau, a teacher at the school. “They needed information in biology, and they really liked the practical stuff.”

Dau and his students deliberately chose a sunny, somewhat harsh location on the south side of campus, to test the effectiveness of their gardens.

“The smart money was that it wasn’t going to work,” Dau said with a laugh. “We wanted to put it in the most inhospitable place to show that, really, we could do it anywhere we wanted.”

Rather than planting in a large plot, each of the plants in their garden is grown in separate bags. Dau said this design uses less soil, is more water efficient, and is better for plants.

“These plants, when they hit the side of the bag, separate and actually create more opportunities for oxygen to get into the soil,” he said. “So you have to use less soil to get the same amount of oxygen and nutrients.”

READ: ‘Extreme Drought Watering Guide’ Asks Residents To Reduce Watering On Lawns

Each bag is equipped with a slow drip sprinkler system and has been designed to be completely off-grid, using solar panels to power the irrigation. But they can also be connected to traditional garden hoses, giving them even more flexibility in their application.

“I just know that there are people who have a hard time getting fresh fruit and veg, and so I just know they can come here and choose what they want or need,” the student said. Jordan Case.

Dau said he was pleasantly surprised at how invested his students are in the project.

“It’s like raising a child!” Gonzalez said. “You grow it, you start it and once it starts to get to that point you’re kind of proud to have come to this point.”

“They love it, and they’re so excited. I had one this morning who said, ‘Mr. Dau, what is this? and I said, ‘it’s a tomato!’ And she said, ‘this is what they look like on the vine?’ “Said Dau.” I mean we had been working with them for weeks and she had actually never seen a tomato on the vineyard was pretty cool. “

Entrada’s goal is to work with partners to install several gardens around the community in the places that need them most; ideally places where traditional gardens would not be an option.

WATCH: Water restrictions, long-term solutions considered in Utah drought emergency

Salt Lake City recently launched a community gardening program called SLC Green Producers. The city has identified plots of land owned or managed by the city, “with access to a water line and other conditions conducive to the creation of a successful and sustainable community garden”.

Residents interested in helping to start and maintain a community garden in their area are encouraged to work with the program.


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How to deep clean your patio furniture – the 8 steps https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/how-to-deep-clean-your-patio-furniture-the-8-steps/ Thu, 17 Jun 2021 06:44:33 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/how-to-deep-clean-your-patio-furniture-the-8-steps/

The sun shines on your outdoor furniture and exposes the dirt on it. You should clean your patio furniture in early and late summer, apparently. If your outdoor furniture is in desperate need of a little maintenance, we’ve got you covered. Express.co.uk chatted with Helpling, the leading marketplace where customers can connect with cleaners, to find out how to deep clean your patio furniture in eight steps.

Washing your patio furniture isn’t complicated, and you don’t need expensive tools.

All you need is a little elbow grease and the following:

  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Bucket
  • The water
  • A cleaning spray adapted to the material of your furniture
  • A brush
  • Some microfiber cloths

Take the next eight steps, thanks to Helpling. #

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The first step

Start by removing the cushions or fabric from your furniture – we’ll see how to clean your cushions later.

Second step

If you have a garden hose, start by watering all of your furniture.

Make sure the nozzle is adjusted so that the water pressure is strong enough to loosen any stubborn dirt that may have built up over time.

If you don’t have a hose, just pour buckets of water on the furniture.

Third step

Then, mix half a cup of dish soap in a large bucket of lukewarm water.

Step eight – tackle your cushions

You’ll be happy to know that most pillow covers are machine washable, but check the label just in case!

You will need laundry detergent, a washing machine and dryer or a clothesline.

First remove your cushions from the cushion covers. Shake them well and plump them up and let them air out in a clean, dry place.

Second, check the labels on the cushion covers to make sure they can be machine washed and at what temperature.

Then place your cushion covers in the machine and add the detergent of your choice.

It’s always best to go for a lighter detergent if you’re not sure what to use.

Wash your cushion covers on a gentle cold cycle, unless otherwise specified on the label.

Finally, if you have a dryer, place the cushions on low heat. Otherwise, air dry them on the clothesline. With the sun shining, they’ll be dry in no time!

Put the cushions back in place, and voila: sparkling garden furniture!


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Natural tapestry: indoor vertical gardens in different types of projects https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/natural-tapestry-indoor-vertical-gardens-in-different-types-of-projects/ Wed, 16 Jun 2021 09:00:00 +0000 https://www.plantenenbloemen.com/natural-tapestry-indoor-vertical-gardens-in-different-types-of-projects/

Natural tapestry: indoor vertical gardens in different types of projects