By Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz
With winter in full swing, the last thing you might be thinking about is gardening. But the two actually go together like pumpkin pie and whipped cream! In fact, if you grew your own pumpkins or squash this year, the holidays are the perfect time for saving seed! Read on….
Acres USA – February 2017
What do you call a remarkably ornamental plant that produces an obscure yet desirable international commodity plus a wide array of useful products like seed meal, cooking oil, coffee alternative, fruity beverage, natural food coloring agent, organic pectin, medicinal herbage, and strong hemp-like fibers? Most English speaking people call this plant Roselle, but around the world it is known by many names including Rosa de Jamaica, Florida Cranberry, Red Sorrell, Jelly Okra, Karkadé, and Bissap (bee sap), just to name a few. But if you are a producer living in an area with a long growing season, you might wind up calling roselle a money maker. For such a desirable crop, most people in Europe and North America know roselle only by taste. That’s because it is the singular ingredient that gives Celestial Seasonings popular Red Zinger Herbal Tea its infamous berry-like “zing”. Yet, for all of its flavor and versatility, this tropical beauty is rarely grown in the home garden or in the fields of American farmers. Read more…safe PDF opens automatically
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Jill Henderson ~ Show Me Oz
As we near the end of August I am so very thankful for a long and productive season in the garden. February is when we begin to dream about this day – planting seeds, rooting cuttings, planning rows. As always, a lot of work has gone into our small patch of organic Eden. Some days were happy, some were frustrating, others were just downright back-breaking. But in the end, lessons are learned, food is abundant, feeling thankful is prevalent and many, many a dawn has been spent simply inhaling the beauty of a garden in full swing. And so, as the gardening season here in Oz begins to wind down, I look back on the good, the bad, and the down right weird…
Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz
Whether you like it seeded, juiced, sliced, cubed, or just straight off the rind, there’s almost nothing better on a hot summer day than a big ‘ol chunk of juicy-crisp, sweet-ripe, just-from-the-garden watermelon. M-mmm. Of course, if you grew that melon in your own garden, the level of satisfaction rises even higher. But if you really want to reach gardening nirvana, try harvesting a watermelon that you not only grew, but grew from seed you saved yourself. And the best part? Saving your own watermelon seed is soooo dang easy!
Are you starting seeds indoors? Enjoy Part Two of this in-depth two part series on how to start quality vegetable plants at home from our trusty archives! Don’t forget to follow the blog for free via email, Facebook, Twitter or Word Press using the multiple options on the sidebar!
An oldie, but a goodie from the Show Me Oz archives…
You are invited to attend the fall Ozark Seed & Plant Swap to be held Saturday, October 13th at the Yellow House Community Arts Center, 209 Trish Knight, West Plains, Missouri. The swap will begin at 12:00 and end around 2:00.
Bring your extra seeds and plants and if you like, and a snack or drink to share. This event is free and open to anyone who would like to attend! If you are on Facebook, visit the Seed & Plant Swap Events Page for all the details, more information on seed swaps and how they work and little tips and tidbits to help everyone have a successful swap! To read more about seed swaps and how they work check out these two articles right here on Show Me Oz:
Share the Seed: How a Seed Swap Works
A Successful Community Seed Swap
Hope to see you there!