Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Wonderful World of Mints

The Wonderful World of Mints - ACRES USA MagazineCheck out my latest article, The Wonderful World of Mints, in ACRES USA Magazine by clicking the link below or the image to the left.

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Propagate Your Garden Plants with Softwood Cuttings

Elderberry cuttingsBy Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz  –

Gardeners are always looking for ways to increase the number of plants in their gardens at an affordable price.  Those big potted shrubs at the nursery are always so tempting, but they can take a really big bite out of the household budget.  If you are looking for something that will grow to a large size fast, or you can’t wait for that newly released cultivar, go ahead and splurge on the nursery plant.  But if all you want is more of what you already have in your garden (or that lovely specimen in the alley behind the grocery store or in your neighbor’s yard!) then learning how to propagate plants using softwood cuttings might be just the thing you’ve been looking for.

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Pokeweed In The Pot – Or Not?

Cooking pokeweed copyright Jill Hendersonby Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz

It’s that time of year again and the pokeweed is already knee-high – just right for the picking.    Although poke has been eaten as a vegetable for hundreds – if not thousands – of years, authorities now say that pokeweed should never be consumed because of its potentially toxic compounds.  Yet, over the years I have received multitudes of emails from older folks who say they’ve eaten it their whole lives with no ill effect.   What do you thing?  Should pokeweed go in the pot, or not?

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Wild Walk: Let the Blooming Begin

2013 4-21 Ohio Buckeye in bloom (2)By Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz

Winter is definitely over and summer is marching in with a fury.  Here in Oz, temps have hit the 90’s already and we’ve had a few rain showers to kick the growing season off to a good start.  What was a clear view through the forest just a week ago is now completely obstructed by what we jokingly refer to as “The Jungle”.  So, if you don’t mind a few seed ticks, now is a fantastic time to check out the wildflowers and flowering trees – like this beautiful blooming Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra).

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Garden Time: Temptingly Tart Sorrel – Part II

French Sorrel image copyright Jill HendersonBy Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz

Last week, I talked about the various types of edible sorrel that can be grown in the garden or wild foraged.  The two most commonly cultivated species are Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) and French Sorrel (Rumex scutatus), followed by their wild counterparts, Sheep’s Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) and Red-veined Sorrel or Bloody Dock (Rumex sanguineus).  Of these, French sorrel is the most popular for cooking and fresh eating.  This week, we’ll take a closer look at how to use French and Garden Sorrel in the kitchen and then delve into the medicinal aspect of these overlooked herbs.

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