Savory Saffron

Black Gold One of the most expensive spices in the world by weight is saffron. And saffron is dried elongated crimson stigmas from the saffron crocus (Crocus sativus). Each crocus corm produces up to four flowers and each bloom produces only three stigmas. The stigmas and their stalks (i.e., styles) are painstakingly clipped by hand, […]

Can Earthworms Help Prevent Slug Damage?

Information provided by  Meta®/Lonza, a sponsor of the Yard, Garden & Patio Show and “Earthworms in Your Garden May Help Prevent Invasive Slugs from Devouring Plants,” a blog by Mohi Kumar for, May 16, 2013. Photo: Robin Rosetta, Oregon State University Scientists at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna found that […]

Longwood Gardens – Part II

Colocasia (left to right) ‘Blue Hawaii’, ‘Elepaio’, ‘Mojito’ and ‘Thailand Giant’ I was at Longwood Gardens in September for an International Trial Gardens Conference. The gardens, renowned for its conservatory—click here for some photos—topiary garden, perennial border, fountains and many other features, has added trial garden plots to its list of reasons to visit. The […]

A Breathing Earth

The season is changing: more darkness and less light; more rain and fewer dry, sunny days; predominantly green leaves turning to reds, golds and russets; and more time spent inside than out. Some look forward to the coziness of autumn “nesting” at home and to slowing down the pace of our lives. Some of us […]

Spring Fireworks in 30 minutes – a bulb planting primer

Information courtesy of Colorblends, a wholesale bulb company [Editor’s Note: The planting technique described below should work for all bulbs. For glorious Oregon-grown bulbs, check out Wooden Shoe Bulb Company and Grant Mitsch Novelty Daffodils. Bulbs ready for fall planting can be found at your local garden centers.] From meals to workouts, 30 minutes seems […]

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