Coronation Gold (Achillea ageratifolia) is a beautiful tall-growing variety of Yarrow, a perennial herb that lights up my pollinator garden from June through August. I find the metamorphosis of the Coronation Gold flower so fascinating. In the early stages of bloom, the flower … [Read more...] about PLANT: How to Harvest Coronation Gold Yarrow Seeds
Lavender is one of my favorite fragrances. It's always a go-to when choosing floral-scented body sprays, soaps, and scented oils. I find the smell of lavender soothing and earthy - and in the garden, its vibrant purple flowers are unforgettable. But as much as I love lavender, … [Read more...] about PLANT: Lavender: A Phenomenal Plant for Urban Gardens
One day my tomatoes seem perfect. When I look again a few days later, I see that their skins are cracking. Some tomatoes appear to be more prone to cracking than others, particularly my large heirloom varieties. I don't always have this problem when growing tomatoes. Am I doing … [Read more...] about PLANT: What causes tomatoes to crack?
I'm doing something pretty exciting in my garden right now. I am conducting my very first 'official' plant test in Mocha Gardens! Earlier this month I received three samples of the Red Racer Cocktail Tomato - which just happens to be the 2018 All American Selection (AAS) Edible … [Read more...] about Part 1: Putting Red Racer Tomatoes to the Test
"How did you hear about the fling?" is a question I was asked several times during the 2017 DC Area Garden Bloggers Fling. My name was printed in red on my name tag to indicate to all that I was a first time flinger. After giving the question a few seconds of thought, I realized … [Read more...] about flinging for the first time