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Posted on 02 April 2010 by

Plant Duality – Flowering Kale, Ornamental Cabbage and Pansies (Part 2)

pansiesBy By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Read Part 1 of 2-part article.


These lovely plants are one of my favorites and bring memories flowing back about my great-grandmother’s garden.

Every Easter her yard was full of voila, which are a pansy, and flower boxes full of Johnny Jump Ups and pansies.

Every fall painted the same picture with the coolness of the up coming winter.

Now days I plant pansies as a way of treating my gardening itch inexpensively. But again my frugal nature demands duality in my plants and pansies play that part. They provide a splash of color to my garden and create a colorful backdrop to Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 01 April 2010 by

Plant Duality – Flowering Kale, Ornamental Cabbage and Pansies (Part 1)

kale2By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

I am always looking for bargains in all aspects of my life and one that I seem to have specialized in is planting plants that serve 2 purposes.

Flowering kale, ornamental cabbage and pansies fit this bill.

Early spring always makes my gardening elbow itch with excitement and anticipation of a new year of gardening. To treat my ailment I go to my favorite seed store and drool over my choices.

What to get, what to get I keep asking myself but my frugal lifestyle always leads me to plants with a double life that is flowering kale, ornamental cabbage, and pansies.

Flowering Kale and Ornamental Cabbage

These plants provide rosy and /or white ornamental foliage to a drab early spring and a splash of color in the fall. They go from seed to mature plant in about 11-14 weeks. Cool weather either spring or fall is needed fro the brightest color and planted in mass or as an edging enhances this color. But visual stimulation is not the only use for these plants they also address the palate.

Greens, Grits, and Country Ham with Red-eyed Gravy

Ingredients for greens dish Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 23 July 2008 by

Edible Flowers (and Recipes)

By Cindy Naas

Adding brightly colored blossoms to a fresh garden salad is nothing but frivolous.

And fun, and something I love to do.

After seeing the price of freshly packaged edible salad flowers in the grocery store, I’m glad I plant a few kinds in my own garden.

Here rre a few which are easy to grow, pretty in bloom, and that make a great addition to your salad bowl:

Nasturtiums – These are probably my favorite edible flower. They have a spicy, peppery flavor which goes well with bitter greens such as romaine and arugula. They are also Read the rest of this entry »


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