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Posted on 31 March 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

The Giving of a Simple Food Basket

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Photo Credit: Looking back by Mystuart used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Photo Credit: Looking back by Mystuart used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

This year I have decided to add to my donation list.

I always donate my time at a local food bank during our local Scouting for Food event.

But this year, I have decided to try something different and that is to offer not only food baskets but also seeds that can, in turn, be planted back into the basket.

I know that just placing a few packs of Bibb lettuce seed in between the sweet potatoes, canned cranberries, and packaged dressing will not be enough.

I will need to provide soil and guidance if the project is going to work.

So I closed my eyes, and stuck my hand in a hat full of needy families. I had decided to only try this with four families. If it worked, I would expand upon it next year.

As we filled the bushel baskets with Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 10 December 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

It’s Time for Poinsettias!

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By Vanessa Richins

I am spending the month of December in Southern California.

I had the opportunity to take a tour of the Paul Ecke Poinsettia Ranch, a leading producer of poinsettias.

Did you know that, despite only being sold for approximately six weeks every year, poinsettias are the most sold potted plant?

I also learned that poinsettias started as cut “flowers” (the colored parts are actually bracts, a modified type of leaf. The true, small flowers are in the center). They were later developed for use as potted plants. The Paul Ecke Poinsettia Ranch has been developing a long stem cut-type over the past 30 years. The bracts are also curled, making these look like roses.

Poinsettias aren’t just red anymore. I saw many shades of Read the rest of this entry »

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