“Explore Exotic Cilantro in the Home Garden” by Jackie DiGiovanni
Cilantro is an easy-to-grow, versatile, annual herb that has two names, depending on where the plant is in its life cycle.
Cilantro leaves are a favorite in Asian and Mexican cuisines. Sprinkle chopped cilantro over salads for a fresh, citrusy taste, stir into pesto or add to soups and sauces just before serving.
The seeds are called coriander, a fragrant spice with a mild, nutty, lemon-orange taste. Whole seed is used in pickling. Crushed coriander is a favorite in baking, meat rubs and curries. Garden writer Louise Beebe Wilder called coriander one of the “four important seed plants.” She writes in The Fragrant Path, “The seed smells like a bakeshop when the trays of freshly baked good things have just been brought in.” [Read full article at sbsmags.com]
The digital generation are virtually connected, but too often are disconnected from the living world around them. I wonder if there will be gardeners or even gardens in 2100, given the current digital age. What can we, as plant and garden enthusiasts, do to make sure we are growing future gardeners; both professional and amateurs?
The eastern redbud has long been a staple for gardeners and when the
delicate flowers fill the forest edges, warmer weather is just a whisper
away. While the eastern redbud’s popularity remains strong, there have
been a host of newcomers hitting the streets in the last few years. One
of my personal favorites is Cercis canadensis ‘Appalachian Red’ or the Appalachian red redbud.
The state of shrub pruning across the South is, at least in my view, in deplorable condition.
Perhaps it is because most shrub pruners learned their trade mowing lawns and have the mistaken notion the shorn look is appropriate for anything green in the landscape. Everywhere you turn are bushes trimmed into perfect balls and boxes with as much personality as your average cardboard box or oversized bowling ball …
Gardening was the fastest growing recreational activity in the United States until 2005, when the trend reversed.
As you can imagine, this has been an alarming surprise to the industry. This industry must figure out why the market is decreasing in order to adapt and improve. So what caused this change? What needs to be done to renew interest in gardening?
“What do I do about my tree? It’s molding!” This has recently become a very common question I hear from gardeners in Northern Indiana, but is most likely a “problem” across the Midwest. Many individuals are seeing this “moldy” growth on the bark of trees or on branches that appear to be dead or dying back. It can be green or white; sometimes it might have yellowish tones. Usually it lies pretty flat against the tree, but occasionally it sticks out up to ½ inch from the trunk. The good news: it is common and it is a fungus. The bad news: it’s also an alga, and not hurting the tree. It is called lichen …