• Glory Be! A Tomato!

    June 3, 2011DishinandDishes

    So far, my Oklahoma tomato plants have been free of *pests *hail *tornadoes

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  • I Love Lilies

    May 27, 2011DishinandDishes

    I am currently obsessed with Lilies.

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  • Pretty and Functional Too! Herb Centerpieces

    May 23, 2011DishinandDishes

    There are certain herbs I’ve learned not to put in my flower beds and so I stick them into pots to contain them.  A few of these are mint.

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  • Composting With Spent Tea Leaves

    May 10, 2011DishinandDishes

    A few weeks back my friend Kristy from one of my favorite places – t, an urban teahouse sent out a Tweet on Twitter that she had tea leaves for composting for anyone who needed them.  If you don’t know, composting is nature’s way of recycling organic material back into the soil, enriching it as it breaks down.  My grandpa used to compost in a large crate in his backyard at our cabin in Michigan.  He’d toss in all kinds of fruit peels, vegetable scraps, leaves and even used coffee grounds. 

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  • Lilacs at Last!

    April 7, 2011DishinandDishes

    I adore lilacs.  They are up there with tulips, peonies and begonias as some of my favorite flowers.  My parents’ yard in Michigan was bordered with them when I was growing up and I use to love the smell of them breezing through the open windows.  Sometimes I would cut them and put them in a vase and put them on my windowsill to intensify the smell.

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  • Growing Your Own Lemongrass

    April 1, 2011DishinandDishes

    After checking out sources about growing lemongrass from seed, I decided to look most of the said was easiest to do – root it myself.

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  • Signs of Spring

    March 18, 2011DishinandDishes

    It’s spring around here…and I’ve already told you I’ve got the outdoor bug. Today I planted 4 Early Girl tomato plants due to the promise of a 50 day maturity.   I don’t mind telling you that 50 days seems like a LONG time, but really that’s just at the end of April….right?

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  • It’s That Time..Gardening!

    March 17, 2011DishinandDishes

    It’s that time of year…the time that makes me antsy and giddy with pleasure. Yes it’s St. Patrick’s Day…and I’m not cooking one thing Irish or green…except for smashed potatoes and roasted asparagus tonight..does that count? But I am doing something green…well..sorta.  Green as in plants. Time to plant herbs!

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