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At some point near the middle of March, I always decide that I’m “done” with winter. The sweaters and jackets get pushed to the back of the closet, the flip flops come out, and I inevitably freeze my butt off for several weeks until the weather catches up with my warm-weather state of mind. Likewise, my cravings for fresh herbs and veggies are always a little ahead of the season. Growing your own herbs is a great way to save money and avoid buying too much at a time and letting most of it go to waste. If it’s still too cold to plant outside where you are (or if you’re short on space!)
In what may be the sweetest collaboration for a couple ever, urban knitter Heather Powazek Champ came up with a project that combines her love of knitting with her husband’s love of plants. Heather knits adorable little plant pockets and her husband, Derek Powazek , fills them with soil and live plants. They then distribute them around their homebase of San Francisco in a project they call Plantbombing , which is basically a grown up version of yarn bombing and seed bombing .
While I’m still gathering feedback on DEET -free repellents I thought you’d appreciate some information on plants that may help keep mosquitoes where they belong–far, far away from you. (Note: the leaves of the following must be crushed to release the aroma. Otherwise mosquitoes can’t smell them): Photo: NellsWiki
Guys! Spring is almost here! In Portland I dare say it’s even come early, bringing the daffodils springing from every sidewalk crack and kissing the tree tops in blush pink buds. It’s intoxicating! And it also means we’re coming up quick on planting season.
An Oasis of Green Vistors to this serene town garden are surprised to learn that the natural-looking contoured landscape is actually man-made. Owners, Nigel and Trixie Hall, have transformed a completely flat plot of 70ft x 80ft into a valley effect, complete with ferny dell and pond.