Sorrel Plant Uses – Tips On Using Sorrel Herbs In Cooking

Sat, 2020-03-28 18:07
Sorrel is an herb that is commonly used throughout the world but has failed to pique the interest of most Americans, most likely because they don’t know how to use sorrel. Cooking with sorrel herb plants enhances a dish, lifting it to new heights. There are a number of sorrel plant uses in the kitchen; the herb can be eaten fresh or cooked and has a bright, lemony tang. In the following article, we discuss using sorrel herbs in the kitchen.  What are Sorrel Herb Plants? Sorrel herb plants are small edible green leafed plants related to rhubarb and buckwheat. There are three main varieties: broad leaf, French (buckler leaf), and red-veined sorrel. Broad leaf sorrel has slender, arrow-shaped leaves while French sorrel herb plants have small, bell-like leaves. Red-veined sorrel looks exactly as it sounds and is streaked with bright red veins across green leaves. Sorrel Plant Uses Common

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Is Yellow Woodsorrel Edible: Taking Advantage Of Yellow Woodsorrel Uses

Sat, 2020-03-28 15:00
For those of us that hate weeds, woodsorrel sourgrass may look like a patch of much hated clover. Although in the same family, it is a very different plant. There are numerous uses for yellow woodsorrel. Is yellow woodsorrel edible? This wild plant has a long history as a culinary herb and for medicinal use. What are Sourgrass Plants? Plants in the Oxalis genus are similar to clover but an entirely different family. Oxalis grows from little bulbils, while clover is a seeded or rhizomatous plant. Yellow woodsorrel (Oxalis stricta) appears like a small variety of clover but has none of the nitrogen fixing capabilities. There are several yellow woodsorrel benefits though. Woodsorrel sourgrass is a native North American plant. It is found from the eastern U.S. into Canada. The plant has a long history as food and medicine to indigenous people. The plant is a perennial weed with three

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What Are Wild Vegetables: Planting And Eating Wild Vegetables

Sat, 2020-03-28 11:00
If you want to try some new and traditional foods that grow natively, try growing wild vegetables. What are wild vegetables? These are foods we have foraged for over many centuries and, along with game, are what sustained indigenous people. Most are highly nutritious and have a variety of uses outside of the culinary realm. Check out these potential wild vegetable plants and get tips on their care. What are Wild Vegetables? Foraging is a fun way to introduce wild and natural foods to your family, but you might also consider growing wild vegetables. Since these foods are native and have been adapted to local weather and other conditions, wild vegetable care is minimal. This makes eating wild vegetables as easy as walking out your back door and harvesting some. Where you live determines what vegetables grow in nature. Most regions have a list through a college or university of

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What Is The Universal Edibility Test: How To Tell If A Plant Is Edible

Sat, 2020-03-28 07:01
Foraging is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors and still bring dinner home. There are many wild and native foods available in our forest, along streams and rivers, in mountain zones, and even in deserts. You just need to know what you are looking for to get a table full of nutritious goodies. This is where the Universal Edible Plant Test comes into play. If you aren’t sure what your wild food is, you should test a plant’s edibility by following this guide. How Does The Universal Edibility Test Work What is the Universal Edibility Test and how does it work? It is a very simple, but specific, plan to ID wild plants and ascertain their safeness for eating. Basically, it is how to tell if a plant is edible. Does the Universal Edibility Test work? It is a gradual and thorough introduction of the new food that gives

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Enjoying Nature In Isolation: Things To Do During Quarantine

Sat, 2020-03-28 06:00
Cabin fever is real and may never be more evident than during this quarantine period brought on by the coronavirus. There’s only so much Netflix anyone can watch, which is why it’s important to find other things to do during quarantine. While there are many ways to beat cabin fever, with the rule to keep six feet between us, the list starts getting smaller. One way to adhere to the six-foot mandate and stay sane is by interacting with nature on the small scale. I don’t mean you should be going to a National Park and hiking (some are closed anyway) but, instead, try growing some plants to beat those quarantine blues. Ways to Beat Cabin Fever Many people are working from home and the terms ‘social distancing’ and ‘shelter in place’ are no longer abstract which has many people, even a self-described introvert like myself, desperate for human contact

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Are Wild Grapes Weeds: Where Can You Find Wild Grapes

Fri, 2020-03-27 18:01
Grapes are cultivated for their delicious fruit used in winemaking, juices, and preserves, but how about wild grapes? What are wild grapes and are wild grapes edible? Where can you find wild grapes? Read on to find out more on wild grapes. What are Wild Grapes? Wild grapes are woody, deciduous vines just like cultivated grapes with a voracious growth habit. Some can reach up to 50 feet (15 m.) in length. They also have tenacious woody root systems that can persist for years, one reason why some people refer to wild grapes as weeds. Wild grapes use tendrils to anchor onto branches or other surfaces. Their bark is gray/brown and rather shredded looking. They tend to grow higher and thicker than their cultivated counterparts, yet another reason they are termed wild grape weeds since grown unchecked they can overtake other plant species. Where Can You Find Wild Grapes? There

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American Wild Plum Tree – Learn About Growing Wild Plums

Fri, 2020-03-27 15:00
If you have ever taken a hike at the margins of woodlands, you might have seen a wild plum. The American wild plum tree (Prunus americana) grows from Massachusetts, south to Montana, the Dakotas, Utah, New Mexico, and Georgia. It is also found in southeastern Canada. Growing wild plums is easy in North America, as they are very adapted to many types of regions. American Wild Plum Tree Do wild plum trees produce fruit? Nursery bought plum trees grow from grafted rootstocks, but wild plums need no such process to produce numerous delicious fruits. Plus, wild plum tree care is effortless since the trees actually thrive on neglect. The wild plum can be found in most cool to temperate states. It is often planted by birds who flock to the fruits when they are season. The multi-stemmed trees grow in thickets at abandoned sites and disturbed soil areas. Trees form

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Wild Apple Tree Information: Do Apple Trees Grow In The Wild

Fri, 2020-03-27 11:00
When out hiking in nature, you may come upon an apple tree growing far from the nearest home. It’s an unusual sight that may raise questions for you about wild apples. Why do apple trees grow in the wild? What are wild apples? Are wild apple trees edible? Read on to get answers to these questions. We’ll give you wild apple tree information and provide an overview of the different types of wild apple trees. Do Apple Trees Grow in the Wild? It is entirely possible to find an apple tree growing in the middle of a forest or in another location some distance from a town or farmhouse. It might be one of the original wild apple trees or it may instead be a descendent of a cultivated variety. Are wild apple trees edible? Both types of wild apple trees are edible, but the cultivated tree descendent will likely

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Natural Hand Soap Ideas: Making Hand Soap At Home

Fri, 2020-03-27 09:00
When it comes to virus control, washing our hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or longer, is extremely effective. While hand sanitizers are useful in a pinch, the chemicals in hand sanitizers are unhealthy for you, and may eventually contribute to bacterial resistance. Hand sanitizers are also harmful to the environment. Making hand soap at home is fun, easy, and inexpensive. Check out the following homemade hand soap recipes. Making Natural Hand Soap at Home Here are some easy ways to make your own hand soap: Natural Hand Soap Using Bar Soap Start with a bar of soap. Look for a chemical-free bar soap with 100 percent natural ingredients. Natural bar soaps are available commercially, but you may enjoy using homemade herbal soaps from your local farmers market. Handmade soap usually contains no preservatives or fillers. Grate about one-quarter of the bar with a fine grater.

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Go Green Lawn Care Review

Fri, 2020-03-27 08:00
To learn more about our editorial integrity policy and how we make money through affiliate partnerships, read our full disclosure here. If you’re a homeowner searching for help to keep your lawn in tip-top shape, you should consider looking into a professional lawn care company. Many of these companies provide lawn care services across the country, but they aren’t all equal in terms of services offered, costs, customer ratings, and more.  Homeowners in Pennsylvania and Northern Delaware have Go Green Lawn and Pest Control as a top option. This high-quality, locally owned company was founded in 2012 and specializes in natural lawn care. Go Green Lawn and Pest Control appears to be a solid company with a reputation for good communication and service. If you’d like to learn more, check out this comprehensive Go Green Lawn and Pest Control review.   Despite Go Green Lawn and Pest Control’s benefits, our top

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Enoki Mushroom Info – Tips For Growing Enoki Mushrooms Yourself

Fri, 2020-03-27 07:00
A quick search for enoki mushroom info reveals numerous common names, among them velvet stem, winter mushroom, velvet foot, and enokitake. These are very delicate fungi in an almost filament form. They are often the only mushrooms available in winter. Growing enoki mushrooms in cultivation is done in the dark, resulting in white slender fungi. If you like eating enoki mushrooms, you might try growing them yourself. If you want to learn how to grow enoki mushrooms, there are plenty of kits and inoculum available. Most of the items needed are easy to find and household glass containers may be used once sterilized. Enoki Mushroom Info Wild enoki bear very little resemblance to cultivated forms. They grow on rotting wood, especially dead elms in woodland settings. Wild enoki have small brown caps and form clusters. When foraging, it is important to do a spore print for each mushroom collected. This

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Natural Spinach Dye – How To Make Spinach Dye

Thu, 2020-03-26 18:07
There is more than one way to make use of fading veggies like old spinach leaves. Although most gardeners put a high value on composting kitchen detritus, you can also use past-their-prime fruits and veggies to make homemade dye. Spinach as dye? You better believe it, but not just spinach. You can also make dye from orange peels, lemon ends, even the outer leaves of a cabbage. These dyes are easy, eco-friendly and really cheap to produce. Read on to learn how to make spinach dye. Making Dye with Spinach The first step in making natural spinach dye (or dye from any other veggies or fruits) is to gather a sufficient amount. You’ll need at least a cup of spinach or other plant product. What products can you use? Beets, turmeric and red cabbage are all good choices. So are onion skins and lemon peels. Just be sure to thoroughly

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What Is Savoy Spinach – Savoy Spinach Uses And Care

Thu, 2020-03-26 15:00
Growing a variety of greens helps expand kitchen recipes and enhances nutrition. Easy-to-grow greens, like spinach, translate to a variety of uses. Savoy spinach is even more versatile than smooth leaf varieties. What is savoy spinach? We’ll go over some savoy spinach uses and how to grow and care for this nutrient dense green. What is Savoy Spinach? Spinach is great fresh, sautéed, in soups and even freezes well. Curly leaf spinach, or savoy, has thick leaves with a ruffled effect. It has a robust, earthy flavor that tends to get bitter on older, larger leaves. You can plant in spring, or overwinter plants in many zones. Gardeners in USDA zones 6 to 9 should try growing savoy spinach. Curly leaf spinach is apparently native to Persia and called aspanakh. This variety of spinach has deeply green, crinkled leaves with impressed veins. Leaves are oval to oblong and occasional heart

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Growing Spinach In Summer: Alternative Summer Spinach Varieties

Thu, 2020-03-26 11:00
The addition of salad greens is an excellent way to extend the vegetable garden harvest. Greens, like spinach, grow best when temperatures are cool. This means that seeds are most commonly planted so that the plant can be harvested in the spring and/or fall. In fact, warm weather can greatly impact the taste of these plants, causing them to become bitter or tough. Prolonged exposure to warm temperatures can even cause the plants to bolt, or begin to flower and set seeds. Spinach lovers who have missed the ideal planting window may be left with questions like, “Can spinach be grown in summer” or “Are there any heat tolerant spinach varieties?” Read on to learn more. Can Spinach be Grown in Summer? Success in growing spinach in summer will vary depending upon climate. Those with cool summer temperatures may have moderate luck. Growers attempting to grow during the hotter months

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Uses For Spinach: How To Use Spinach Plants From Your Garden

Thu, 2020-03-26 07:12
Spinach is an easy-to-grow, healthy green. If you have trouble getting your family to eat the spinach you grow, you may disguise it into a form they won’t recognize. There are a number of uses for spinach other than traditional leafy greens. How to Use Spinach Spinach is great in salads, especially the young, tender leaves. Online recipes suggest a warm bacon or pomegranate vinaigrette dressing. Get creative with your family’s favorites. Add spinach to other greens or make the salad exclusively with spinach. Older leaves make a tasty stir-fry. Fresh spinach dip is another simple way of disguising the spinach. Quiche Lorraine is an easy main dish for lunch and supper. Most likely, the spinach will be disguised by the other ingredients. Chop spinach into small pieces and add it to a fruit smoothie. Use yogurt, cream or whole milk along with lots of fruit for a healthy start

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Boosting Immunity Naturally – Plants That Boost Immune System

Thu, 2020-03-26 06:00
For centuries, people have relied on herbs and other plants for treating medical conditions and boosting immunity naturally. Herbal plants that boost immune system stimulate the activity of cells responsible for fighting infections. These natural immune boosters are an important tool in our current war against coronavirus infection. Antibiotics are used to kill bacteria not viruses. About Boosting Immunity Naturally Over 80% of the earth’s population depends on plants that increase immunity and promote healing. The immune system is one of the more complex systems within the human body. It helps keep you healthy by tackling viruses, bacteria and abnormal cells, all while distinguishing between your own healthy tissue and the invading pathogen. Plants that boost the immune system naturally help keep you healthy. The key to using these plants is prevention. The role of plants that increase immunity is just that, to support and strengthen your body’s natural immune

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Root Pecan Cuttings – Can You Grow Pecans From Cuttings

Wed, 2020-03-25 18:00
Pecans are such delicious nuts that if you have a mature tree, your neighbors are likely to be jealous. It may occur to you to grow a few gift plants by rooting pecan cuttings. Will pecans grow from cuttings? Cuttings from pecan trees, given appropriate treatment, can root and grow. Read on for more info on pecan cutting propagation. Pecan Cuttings Propagation Even without a crop of tasty nuts, pecan trees are appealing ornamentals. These trees are easy to propagate in several different ways, including planting pecan seeds and rooting pecan cuttings. Of the two methods, using pecan cutting propagation is preferable since each cutting develops into a clone of the parent plant, growing exactly the same type of nuts. Fortunately, rooting pecan cuttings is neither difficult nor time consuming. Growing pecans from cuttings starts with taking six-inch (15 cm.) tip cuttings in springtime. Pick side branches about as thick

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How To Plant Pecans: Learn About Sowing Pecan Seeds

Wed, 2020-03-25 15:00
Growing pecans from seed is not as simple as it sounds. While a mighty oak may shoot up from an acorn stuck in the ground, sowing pecan seeds is only one step in a complex process of growing a nut producing tree. Can you plant a pecan seed? You can, but you may not be able to get nuts from the resulting tree. Read on for information on how to plant pecans, including tips on pecan seed germination. Can You Plant a Pecan? It is entirely possible to plant a pecan seed. However, it is important to realize that growing pecans from seed will not produce a tree identical to the parent tree. If you want a particular type of pecan nut, or a tree that produces excellent pecans, you will need to graft. Pecans are open pollinated trees, so each seedling tree is unique in all the world. You

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Help, Pecans Are Gone: What’s Eating My Pecans Off The Tree

Wed, 2020-03-25 11:00
It’s definitely an unpleasant surprise to head out to admire the nuts on your garden pecan tree only to find that many of the pecans are gone. Your first question is likely, “What’s eating my pecans?” While it could be neighborhood kids climbing your fence to pinch ripe pecan nuts, there are also many animals that eat pecans. Bugs might be the culprits as well if your pecans are being eaten. Read on for ideas on different pests that eat pecans. What’s Eating My Pecans? Pecan trees produce edible nuts that have a rich, buttery flavor. Sweet and delicious, they are used extensively in cake, candy, cookies, and even ice cream. Most people who plant pecans do so with the nut harvest in mind. If your pecan tree is at long last producing a heavy crop of nuts, it’s time to celebrate. Keep an eye out, however, for pests that

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Safari Lawn Care Review

Wed, 2020-03-25 08:00
To learn more about our editorial integrity policy and how we make money through affiliate partnerships, read our full disclosure here. Everyone wants a gorgeous, green lawn that they can show off to neighbors and friends. Unfortunately, not everyone has the time they need to commit to handling all of their lawn care throughout the year. Hiring a professional lawn care company is an affordable and convenient way to maintain the beautiful grass you love without spending hours outside. There are tons of different lawn care companies offering quality residential lawn maintenance services. If you live in Tennessee, you might be considering hiring Safari Lawn Care. But what services does Safari offer — and are they right for you? At Gardening Know How, we understand that you don’t want to waste your time with a lawn care company that isn’t right for you. We’ve created a thorough Safari Lawn Care

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