Letting Nature Grow Your Garden

 


Article by: Susun Weed

It is wisest to let Nature , An Introduction To Vinyl Fences have Her way. Nature , What Type of Gazebo is Right for You? Top Questions You Need to Ask has her own agenda, and your life as a gardener will be easier if you bow to Her desires. Better to dance with the fairies than struggle with eliminating "weeds". What herbs , Why Should You Own a Greenhouse? already grow , Soil PH...An Important "Key" To Successful Gardening--In Plain English around you that you can use as teas and seasonings? Most areas are rich in such plants, , Hummingbird Migration both native and introduced. Many of them will be happy to grace your garden , Starting With Cuttings with very little effort on your part. Some will appear; others may want to be transplanted. Still others are simply there, waiting for you to notice.

For instance, pine trees. , Why Should You Own a Greenhouse? Pine needle vinegar is an exquisite treat that is easy to make. I call , Ornamental Aluminum Fences it homemade "balsamic" vinegar. Fill a jar with pine needles. (I prefer white , Managing the Hobby Greenhouse pine, and pinyon pine is even better, but the needles of any pine are fine.) Cover needles completely with apple cider vinegar, filling the jar to the top and capping with a plastic , Delavay's Blueberry (Vaccinium delavayi) lid or a piece of plastic , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 6) The Autopot wrap held in place , Why Should You Own a Greenhouse? with a rubber band. This vinegar, like most that I make, is ready to use in six weeks. Pine vinegar is rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals. It helps keep the immune system strong, and strengthens the lungs as well. I love it on salads. , Flowers – One of Life's Small Pleasures

Your home, , A Touch of Feng Shui in the Garden like mine in the Catskills, offers rose , What Is A Black Orchid - Fascinating But Elusive hips and sumac berries for vitamin-C rich teas; spice bush leaves and berries to suggest the flavors of bay and allspice; and the roots , Garden Art Ideas -- How to Make Your Planters Into Beautiful Garden Art of sweet clover to use as a vanilla substitute.

Grab a local , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 6) The Autopot field guide and go looking for all the plants , A Touch of Feng Shui in the Garden that are native to your area. For example, if you live in the northern states like Minnesota, a great book is "How Indians Use Wild Plants , Swimming Pool Chemicals: Algaecides & Clarifiers for Food, , Teak Furniture - How to Care for it Properly Medicine, and Crafts", written in 1926 by Frances Densmore who collected information , How to Sprout from the Minnesota Chippewa. There are many similar guides available.

Why use native plants? They are often hardy survivors and naturally adapted to the area, sometimes requiring less watering and care. Whether in the wilds or in your garden, , How to Win the War Against Slugs and Snails Nature , Let Life and Energy Flow from the Garden is ever-ready to provide you with all you need with little or no input from you. An abundance of edible and medicinal plants , Let Life and Energy Flow from the Garden covers every inch of my garden , Mosquito Disease - and I didn't plant , Learn About Herb Gardening - Get the Natural Facts! any of them. With only a little help from me (I spread compost , Easy Lawn Care - Use Clover - Ditch the Pesticide several inches deep on my gardens , Using Plants To Make Us Happier spring and fall, , Managing the Hobby Greenhouse and keep them fenced against my goats and the marauding deer), my gardens , Hydroponics ing - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 6) The Autopot grow: garlic mustard, chickweed, violets, dandelion, curly dock, nettles, burdock, wild madder, crone(mug)wort, wild chives, poke, catnip, malva, wild mint, bergamot, cleavers, motherwort, chicory, raspberry, goldenrod, creeping jenny, barbara's cress, evening primrose, milk weed. , Things You Should Consider When Buying Your First Garden Leaf Blower

The next best thing to letting Nature plant , Managing the Hobby Greenhouse your herb garden , Learn About Herb ing - Get the Natural Facts! for you is to put in perennials , How To Keep Birds Off Of Your Patio Furniture and let Nature , A Look at Planting Flower Bulbs take care of them. You will find the best plants , Easy Lawn Care - Use Clover - Ditch the Pesticide for your area at a plant , Flowers – One of Life's Small Pleasures swap at a local , Starting With Cuttings church or school. Nurseries, especially the mail order ones, offer lots of different kinds of plants, , Watering and Tending to Your Bamboo Correctly but only a few of them will be both productive and carefree.

The most dependable perennial herbs , Grey Water- Not Drinking Water- For Your Garden are Echinacea, comfrey, elecampane, wormwood, and thyme, on the hardiest members of the aromatic mint family.

Cuttings of various mints are easy to come by and easier yet to establish. Chocolate mint and red bergamot are two of my favorites, but don't be choosy - accept any and all mint cuttings you are given. Perennial , Three Tips for a Better and Cheaper Lawn aromatic mints - including lemon balm, lavender, rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano, pennyroyal, and catnip, as well as spearmint and peppermint - form the "backbone" of most herb gardens. , Soil PH...An Important "Key" To Successful ing--In Plain English Just grow , Things You Should Consider When Buying Your First Garden Leaf Blower them in full sun , Hummingbird Migration in poor soil , Landscaping 101 and don't overwater.

Anyone who has a comfrey plant , Don't Roll that Lawn will be glad to give you a "start" (a piece of the root). And, once put in, comfrey is a friend for life. Ditto rhubarb, whose root , Ornamental Aluminum Fences is a formidable herbal medicine.

Magazines offer gardening , A Look at Planting Flower Bulbs knowledge in small doses, and at appropriate times, instead of all at once, and this is usually more helpful than a book that tries to cover all seasons , Landscaping 101 and all reasons. These are my current (spring 2002) favorites:

The American Gardener, a publication of the American Horticultural Society. Perhaps it is a bit more formal than I am, but it nonetheless has a down-home charm. Check out www.ahs.org or call , 3 Hillside Landscaping Tips For A Beautiful And Healthy Garden 1-800-777-7931. When you join, you get the magazine plus the right to join in their annual seed , Delavay's Blueberry (Vaccinium delavayi) give-away.

The Garden , Decorative Accents Gate is very practical and covers a wide range of topics in excellent detail: from plants , Patio Table Covers to planters, to planting your feet so your back stays strong. Every page counts, as there is no advertising. You can subscribe at www.gardengatemagazine.com or call , Three Tips for a Better and Cheaper Lawn 1-800-341-4769.

The Gardener is another non-advertising production. It is unique in not using photographs. It is illustrated throughout in a variety of stunning styles. They offered me a credit worth $20 for plants , Three Tips for a Better and Cheaper Lawn or seeds , What Is A Black Orchid - Fascinating But Elusive with my subscription. Go to www.thegardenermagazine.com or call , Teak Furniture - How to Care for it Properly them at 1-877-257-5268.

Herbals that include cultural instructions are good additions to your library.

Opening Your Wild Heart to the Healing Herbs by Gail /Faith Edwards is one of my favorites. I love Gail's voice. When I read the book I feel like a wise teacher is sitting next to me telling me how to , Ornamental Aluminum Fences use and how to grow , Decorative Garden Accents herbs and trees, , General Lawn Maintenance Tips medicines and teas. Available from www.ashtreepublishing.com.

Steven Foster's Herbal Bounty is a classic on "The Gentle Art of Herb , Soil PH...An Important "Key" To Successful Gardening--In Plain English Culture." Unfortunately, it is now out of print, but you may be able to find one used. (c1984, Peregrine Smith Books). He gives detailed information , Swimming Pool Chemicals: Algaecides & Clarifiers on the culture, and medicinal uses, of over 100 popular herbs. , Hydroponics Gardening - How to Grow Flowers and Vegetables with Minimal Time and Effort

Park's Success with Herbs is also out of print but a book that I use constantly. Gertrude Foster and Rosemary Louden fill just under 200 pages with an incredible amount of information , Garden Accessories on growing , Discount Patio Furniture with Patio Chair Cushions is a Smart Choice and using (lots of recipes) an amazing variety of herbs. , A Touch of Feng Shui in the Garden

Wild Women's Garden is one of a series of books that tell you how to grow , Landscaping 101 and use herbs. , General Lawn Maintenance Tips This one focuses on herbs , Discount Patio Furniture with Patio Chair Cushions is a Smart Choice for women. Another, Serenity Garden focuses on herbs , Hydroponics Gardening - How to Grow Flowers and Vegetables with Minimal Time and Effort that are relaxing. A third, En Garden, is more general. Each book contains a postcard that you send in for free seeds , Managing the Hobby Greenhouse so you can grow , Designing Your Garden to Attract Hummingbirds the plants , What Type of Gazebo is Right for You? Top Questions You Need to Ask in the book. Great info and great fun. The cost of the seeds , Don't Roll that Lawn alone is worth more than the price of the book. Jillian VanNostrand and Christie Sarles are the authors; published by Radical Weeds.

When you try too hard, it doesn't work. We learn to work with the slow interplay of Yin and Yang. We learn to be in harmony with nature's laws. Forcing things to fit or going against the grain is an unskillful way. We learn to be flexible like water. , Garden Accessories We use our intuition. We hold, energetically, a magical spot of ground and watch what grows. , Marjoram: The Herb of Happiness In Taoism they call , Garden Art Ideas -- How to Make Your Planters Into Beautiful Garden Art it "Wu Wei". We walk in the "effortless", we dance with the fairies, moving in joyful flow with the undulating, magical greenery blowing in the breeze.

Wow! You have a garden! , Mosquito Disease With patience, good weather, , Flower Delivery and the grace of the Goddess, you and Nature , Grey Water- Not Drinking Water- For Your Garden will create a thing of beauty.

Legal Disclaimer: This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs , Starting With Cuttings listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, , Wrought Iron Garden Benches condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner with a specific formula for you. All material contained herein is provided for general information , Don't Roll that Lawn purposes only and should not be considered medical advice , What Type of Gazebo is Right for You? Top Questions You Need to Ask or consultation. Contact a reputable healthcare practitioner if you are in need of medical care. Exercise self-empowerment by seeking a second opinion.

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Vibrant, passionate, and involved, Susun Weed , Using Plants To Make Us Happier has garnered an international reputation for her groundbreaking lectures, teachings, and writings on health and nutrition. She challenges conventional medical approaches with humor, insight, and her vast encyclopedic knowledge of herbal medicine. Unabashedly pro-woman, her animated and enthusiastic lectures are engaging and often profoundly provocative.

Susun is one of America's best-known authorities on herbal medicine and natural , Hydroponics Gardening - How to Grow Flowers and Vegetables with Minimal Time and Effort approaches to women's health. Her four best-selling books are recommended by expert herbalists and well-known physicians and are used and cherished by millions of women around the world. Learn more at http://www.susunweed.com

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