Asparagus: The King of Vegetables

Stalks for fresh asparagus

What vegetable is low in calories, high in fiber, a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, was grown by George Washington at Mt. Vernon and by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello—and tastes delicious?  Asparagus, of course! The Roman emperor Augustus actually had an Asparagus Fleet—a fleet of ships whose job was to locate and bring … Read more

Grow Your Own Strawberry Patch

A basket of strawberries in the middle of a strawberry patch

Yes, it is Strawberry season—the plants are now available for you to start your own strawberry patch.  So how do we do that? Strawberries are perennials so choose a permanent sunny place where they can stay.   Strawberry plants come in little bundles of “crowns”.  A crown is the growing point of the plant with … Read more

National Strawberry Day

Fresh strawberries for National Strawberry Day

Did you know that February 27th is National Strawberry Day?  So my favorite fruit has its own day.  To celebrate, I think I’ll have a strawberry milkshake.  For starters…. So here are a few interesting facts about strawberries:  Strawberries are related to roses.  That means they’re also related to apples, plums, peaches, apricots, raspberries, blackberries, and … Read more

Valentine’s Day: A Day for Romance, or Revelry

A box of chocolates for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day:  A day of gentle sighs, pink ribbons, red roses—or a pagan festival rich with drunken revelry and young men and women being matched up by lottery—at last for the duration of the festival? The ancient Roman festival called Lupercalia was celebrated every year on February 15th.  It was a festival of fertility in … Read more

Groundhogs, Woodchucks, Whistle Pigs?

Groundhog chewing on some grass

This coming Friday is Groundhog’s Day.  So here are a few interesting facts about Groundhogs… Groundhogs are not related to hogs at all but are marmots closely related to squirrels.  They are basically a giant ground squirrel. They’re widely distributed across North America from northern Alabama all the way up to Alaska. They truly hibernate … Read more

Got Squirrels?

A small squirrel in the branch of a tree

Sunday, January 21, was Squirrel Appreciation Day.  What?  I’m supposed to appreciate these fuzzy little things that destroy my garden?  Well…Yes. The word ‘squirrel’ comes from the Anglo-Norman word esquirel with roots in the Greek word skiouros meaning ‘shadow-tailed.’  A group of squirrels is called a “scurry” (a Scurry of Squirrels—appropriate).  They are native to every … Read more

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