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Garden Trends 2014

The 'Trends' post is one of my all time favourites to write up. I totally enjoy reviewing the past year's gardening themes and then scoping out which way the trends are bending towards in the year ahead!

So, here, in no particular order, are the garden trends for 2014, as I see them.

1. Growing Vegetables aka Growing Your Own Food

This one, of course, totally floats my boat! I am all about bringing back food growing in the yard, at home, especially rather than useless lawns ; )
People are growing their own groceries more than ever, esp with the threats from genetically modified foods, wondering how they will affect us, our children and our grandbabies in the long run.

Some grow veggies in pots and planters, some in raised beds in the back yard or mixed in with the flowers in the flower beds, and some on a larger scale, using up most all of the yard for food.
Whatever one does, it teaches children where food comes from, how to grow it, and how it really tastes fresh out …

Home-made Organic Cough and Cold 'Tea'

Found this fabulous 'Cough and Cold Tea' recipe on Pinterest and had to try it!

It is delish! Made four jars the first time and ran out in no time! Everyone loves it, both as a soothing remedy when sick, but also as a preventative measure to stay healthy and boost your immune system!

The Yummy How-To...
- 2 organic lemons ( I found that I needed more)
- 1 piece of ginger about the size of your thumb (the original recipe called for two pieces, but I am not a huge fan of ginger so used less). Use as much or as little as you like. Oh, I noticed that the zing of the ginger actually mellows and melds in the syrup.
- Honey, enough to fill the jar.

Scrub your lemons. Slice into small slices, wedges or chunks, whichever look you prefer. I like nice thin slices.
Peel and slice the knob of ginger into pieces, coins or slivers. I used half coins.
Wash and dry your canning jars and lids really well.
Place the ginger into each jar, add the lemon slices on top till jar is full.
Top u…

Birdseed Wreaths - For The Birds .... Reviewed

The three birdseed wreathes have been hanging on the large cedar for several weeks now, long enough to get an idea of which one is the most popular with the birds ...

For all three recipes and their how-to's, see HERE .

Wreath Number One... (the light coloured one on the right hand side)

The little birds are really enjoying this one, flocking around it and pecking away. It seems to appeal to the wee little birdies the most. Is also still looking solid and very pretty hung up on it's green ribbon.

Wreath Number Two

This is the one that was made with both peanut butter and suet. Sadly, it broke in half about a week after it graced the tree.
The top half I left hanging on the tree while the bottom half, mostly still intact, was placed on a large tree stump in amongst the Salal ...
All kinds of birds really seem to enjoy this one, seem to like pecking around on the ground, in amongst the Salal, for all the tasty little seeds that scattered everywhere.

Next time I make this, I will…

December Ramblings

Here we are in December already!

Gardening is probably not the first thought on most folks minds this month.... but if, like me, you love to putter in the garden and cannot be without playing in the dirt, here are some garden related things that you can be doing this month ...

Carrots in the December garden. The only thing you really need to do to them over winter  is make sure that the shoulders of your carrots are not exposed to frost. Cover with soil or straw, compost or mulch. (do this with your parsnips, too) 
What to do in the yard this month?

- Run a hoe over any new weed seedlings.

- Continue to harvest and enjoy carrots, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, parsnips, and more goodies from your fall/winter garden.

- Pot up some calendula seeds for early pops of colour in spring. Place in a cool and sunny location.

- Still time to transplant and/or plant shrubs, roses and trees in garden zones 5 and above.

- Also, you can still pop your spring flowering bulbs like tulips, crocuses, mus…