Author Archives: gardenmama

Spider Mites in Arborvitae

Spider Mites in Arborvitae My current arborvitae problem is another example of how neglect and lack of knowledge and experience can come back to haunt you.   Two years ago I lost the first arborvitae to the left of the current one.  Then this second one became ill and it yellowed in less than two weeks! 
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Paths & Pathways in the Garden

Changes I’m going to start writing more about my relationship with my garden and how it makes me feel and gives meaning to my life.  This is something that I haven’t done much of because it is so difficult for me to translate into words my inner experiences in regards to my garden and backyard
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Kombucha

Kombucha  I got the following recipe and instructions off the internet for making my first batch of kombucha.  It worked perfectly for me, and honestly, I think my kombucha is the best I’ve ever tasted.  The only thing that I did differently is that I used 3 bags of my favorite Yorkshire Tea and one
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“To Do” Lists and a Time to Rest

“To Do” Lists and a Time to Rest As I contemplate the upcoming challenges in my life for 2015, I search inside of myself for the energy, motivation, optimism and solutions I will need to achieve my numerous goals and tackle my “to do” lists for the year to come.  This is nothing new.  It
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Harvesting Mason Bee Cocoons for 2015

Harvesting Cocoons for 2015 I was very pleased with the number of cocoons my industrious mason bees created this year.   I started out with 17 viable mason bee cocoons the first year.  From those original 17 mason bees I got 35 cocoons for the next season.  From those thirty five bees I got 150 cocoons
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Saving Flower Seeds

Saving Flower Seeds Saving seed from flowers is one of the most enjoyable things I do in my garden.   While so many other activities can be time consuming, tedious, and tiring, gathering seed is actually relaxing and contemplative.  When I talk about activities that are tiring, I’m referring to projects that involve lots of prep
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Elkton Community Gardens & Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Garden & Pavilion in Elkton A couple years ago a woman from the Elkton Community Education Center (ECEC) came to speak at the local Eugene Garden Club.  She gave a presentation on the community center and butterfly pavilion that she and members of the community had constructed in the small town of Elkton, about
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Feverfew – Lavender Migraine Tincture

Feverfew-Lavender Migraine Tincture Tinctures are fun to make.  Even though I’m lucky and don’t get migraines, I do know some people who do, and I thought that this tincture might be a good one to share.  Maybe it will work for regular headaches as well.  I’ll try it out next time I get a headache.
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End of Summer 2014

End of Summer 2014 I never, EVER, thought I would hear myself say that I am glad the summer is ending and fall is on the way.  Even today, September 8, 2014, it’s about 90 degrees outside, and again I will head out into my yard to water for a good hour. What made this
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Propagation Materials for 2014

Propagation Materials Spring 2014 It’s hard to believe that it is time again to start propagating and planting.  This is my 14th year of gardening in my little place in Springfield.  How did the years fly by so fast?  Thank goodness this place gets easier to maintain every year, because I can really feel my
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