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Florist manuals from the late 19th & early 20th century suggested cutting long stemmed peony while they were still tight in the bud and showing color across the top. They would wrap the stems and store them dry in an icebox or later under refrigeration for a month or more. When ready to force them, flower arrangers would simply make a fresh cut to the base of the stems, submerge them in water and give them several days to open. As we rekindle local economies and remember how to bring value added specialty products to market, practices like this can go a long way for gardeners/farmers to make additional funds, extend the season, or offer us a chance as backyard gardeners to amaze our friends with peonies long after the season is over.
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In 1976, after the National Park Service designated the Buffalo National River and its surrounding 95,000 acres a protected area, Land Acquisition officers went to see Eva Barnes Henderson, known to everyone as “Granny.” Granny Henderson lived in a four room cabin in the Buffalo Valley, on 160 acres of land that park officials needed for their project. She’d lived there since 1912. She and her husband farmed, raised cows and chickens and had gotten a “water witch” to locate the spot where they dug their well.
Since her husband’s death 23 years earlier, Granny lived alone with her dogs and her guns, without running water or electricity. She was well-known to those who floated the Buffalo River, and National Geographic once wrote that she exemplified “the finest attributes of an Ozark woman.”
Granny told the Park Service that she wouldn’t sell her place “for anything.” According to her family, she was told that if she didn’t, her home would be condemned and her land taken. After several years of pressure, she agreed, and her family built her a new home. It was wintertime, and she asked for a time extension for her move, until the weather warmed up. The Park Service agreed, but made her pay rent on the land she’d lived on for 65 years. Worst of all, Granny had to give up her beloved livestock, which she’d carried water to from her well every day for over half a century.
The day of the move, Granny begged to stay in her cabin until the last load of her possessions had been hauled away. She sat on a stool and cried the entire day. Her health soon deteriorated and she moved in with family members, who took care of her. She died in 1979, three years after the National Park Service first knocked on her cabin door. She had spent only two days in her new house.
Granny Henderson was one of the last of the Buffalo River Valley landowners, and the most well known. Her cabin is still standing, and is a popular stop for those hiking Center Point Trail north of Ponca.
If you’d like to learn more about the feisty, wonderful Eva Barnes Henderson, here’s a segment about her from “Exploring Arkansas.” http://bit.ly/1a7R00t
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NINE WEEDS THAT ARE ACTUALLY GOOD FOR YOU
Some of those weeds that we are always worried about in our yards and Gardens are actually good for you, and can be delicious if prepared properly. Be sure to identify the weeds correctly (The ones described here are easy to spot.) Avoid harvesting from anyplace you suspect pollution — such as from vehicle exhaust, lawn pesticide or doggy business. And remember that edible does not mean allergen-free. Here are 9 good ones:
Dandelion is one of the healthiest and most versatile vegetables on the planet. The entire plant is edible. The leaves are like vitamin pills, containing generous amounts of vitamins A, C and K — far more than those garden tomatoes, in fact — along with calcium, iron, manganese, and potassium.
The leaves are most tender, and tastiest, when they are young. This happens in the spring but also all summer along as the plant tries to rebound after being cut or pulled. You can add them to soup in great abundance. Or you can prepare them Italian style by sautéing with a little olive oil, salt, garlic and some hot red pepper.
You can eat the bright, open flower heads in a lightly fried batter. You can also make a simple wine with the flowers by fermenting them with raisins and yeast. If you are slightly adventurous, you can roast the dandelion root, grind it, and brew it like coffee. It's an acquired taste. You might want to have some sugar on hand.
If you've ever lived in the city, you have seen good ol' Portulaca olearacea, or common purslane. The stuff grows in cracks in the sidewalk. Aside from being surprisingly tasty for a crack dweller, purslane tops the list of plants with omega-3 fatty acids, the type of healthy fat found in salmon.
If you dislike the bitter taste of dandelion greens, you still might like the lemony taste of purslane. The stems, leaves and flowers are all edible; and they can be eaten raw on salads — as they are prepared worldwide — or lightly sautéed.
You should keep a few things in mind, though, before your harvest. Watch out for spurge, a similar-looking sidewalk-crack dweller. Spurge is much thinner than purslane, and it contains a milky sap, so you can easily differentiate it. Also, your mother might have warned you about eating things off the sidewalk; so instead, look for purslane growing in your garden, or consider transplanting it to your garden from a sidewalk.
Also, note the some folks incorrectly call purslane "pigweed," but that's a different weed — edible but not as tasty.
Lamb's-quarters are like spinach, except they are healthier, tastier and easier to grow. Lamb's-quarters, also called goosefoot, usually need more than a sidewalk crack to grow in, unlike dandelion or purslane. Nevertheless, they can be found throughout the urban landscape, wherever there is a little dirt.
The best part of the lamb's-quarters are the leaves, which are slightly velvety with a fine white powder on their undersides. Discard any dead or diseased leaves, which are usually the older ones on the bottom of the plant. The leaves and younger stems can be quickly boiled or sautéed, and they taste like a cross between spinach and Swiss chard with a slight nutty after-taste.
Maybe that taste combination doesn't appeal to you, but lamb's-quarters are ridiculously healthy. A one-cup serving will give you 10 times the daily-recommended dose of vitamin K; three times the vitamin A; more than enough vitamin C; and half your daily dose of calcium and magnesium.
Plantain, like dandelion, is a healthy, hardy weed as ubiquitous in the city as broken glass. You know what it looks like, but you might not have known the name.
Part of the confusion is that plantain shares its name with something utterly different, the banana-like plantain, whose etymology is a mix of Spanish and native Caribbean. The so-called weed plantain, or Plantago major, was cultivated in pre-Columbus Europe; and indeed Native Americans called it "the white man's footprint," because it seemed to follow European settlers.
Plantain has a nutritional profile similar to dandelion — that is, loaded with iron and other important vitamins and minerals. The leaves are tastiest when small and tender, usually in the spring but whenever new shoots appear after being cut back by a lawnmower. Bigger leaves are edible but bitter and fibrous.
The shoots of the broadleaf plantain, when green and tender and no longer than about four inches, can be described as a poor-man's fiddlehead, with a nutty, asparagus-like taste. Pan-fry in olive oil for just a few seconds to bring out this taste. The longer, browner shoots are also tasty prepared the same way, but the inner stem is too fibrous. You'll need to place the shoot in your mouth, clench with your teeth, and quickly pull out the stem. What you're eating are the plantain seeds.
The leaves of the equally ubiquitous narrow-leaf plantain, or Plantago lanceolata, also are edible when young. The shoot is "edible" only with quotation marks. You can eat the seeds should you have the patience to collect hundreds of plants for the handful of seeds you'd harvest. With time being money, it's likely not worth it.
One of the not-so-ugly weeds worth pulling and keeping is chickweed. Identified by purple stems, fuzzy green leaves, and starry white flower petals, this weed is a fantastic source of vitamins A, D, B complex, and C. It also contains minerals like iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium. Chickweed (Stellaria media) has a cornsilk-like flavor when eaten raw, and tastes similar to spinach when it is cooked. 
Chickweed nourishes the lymph and glandular systems, and can heal cysts, fevers, and inflammation. It can help neutralize acid and help with yeast overgrowth and fatty deposits, too.
Additionally, chickweed can be finely chopped and applied externally to irritated skin. Steep the plant in ¼ cup of boiling water for 15 minutes, and chickweed provides benefits similar to dandelion root. Speaking of dandelion…
Other than the occasional four-leafed clover hunt, this common lawn weed goes mostly unnoticed, even though it is becoming popular as a lawn replacement altogether. Clover is an important food for honeybees and bumblebees, and clover leaves and flowers can be used to add variety to human meals as well. Small amounts of raw clover leaves can be chopped into salads, or can be sauteed and added to dishes for a green accent, and the flowers of both red and white clover can be eaten raw or cooked, or dried for tea.
Mallow, or malva, is also known as cheeseweed, due to the shape of its seed pods, and can be found in many lawns or garden beds across the US. The leaves and the seed pods (also called the 'fruit') are both edible, either raw or cooked, and like many greens, are often more tender and palatable when smaller and less mature. The older leaves can be used like any other cooked green after steaming, boiling, or sauteing them.
The leaves of the wild amaranth, also known as pigweed, are another great addition to any dish that calls for leafy greens, and while the younger leaves are softer and tastier, the older leaves can also be cooked like spinach. The seeds of the wild amaranth can be gathered and cooked just like store-bought amaranth, either as a cooked whole grain or as a ground meal, and while it does take a bit of time to gather enough to add to a meal, they can be a a good source of free protein.
It sounds like a cruel joke, but stinging nettles — should you be able to handle them without getting a painful rash from the tiny, acid-filled needles — are delicious cooked or prepared as a tea.
You may have brushed by these in the woods or even in your garden, not knowing what hit you, having been trained all your life to identify poison ivy and nothing else. The tiny needles fortunately fall off when steamed or boiled. The trick is merely using garden gloves to get the nettles into a bag.
Nettles tastes a little like spinach, only more flavorful and more healthful. They are loaded with essential minerals you won't find together outside a multivitamin bottle, and these include iodine, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, silica and sulfur. Nettles also have more protein than most plants.
Like all weeds, nettles are free. But you get even more of a bargain if you boil them.
You can eat the leaves and then drink the water as tea, with or without sugar, hot or cold. If you are adventurous — or, well, just plain cheap — you can collect entire plants to dry in your basement. The needles will eventually fall off, and you can save the dried leaves for tea all winter long. Info by Christopher Wanjek
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1 ounce calendual infused olive oil
1 ounce plantain infused olive oil
1/2 cup coconut oil
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3 tsp bentonite clay
2 tsp honey
1 tsp pine tar
10 drops each of frankincense and lavender essential oils
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Purple passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is an herbaceous, perennial vine native to the Southeast United States. This particular passionflower can be found in any number of sites of varying quality: old fields, sandy riverbeds, forest margins, even roadside ditches. Its common name, passionflower, alludes not to feelings of intense enthusiasm, but the passion of Jesus in Christian theology, with the flower’s physical structures symbolizing various aspects of Christianity.
Purple passionflowers are exceptionally fragrant and distinct, boasting bright shades of purple, yellow, and white. These summer-blooming flowers are quite large, often 2.5” wide, and feature a purple fringe whirling around a central crown of pink-purple filaments, paddle-like anthers, and an exceptionally large pistil. Be warned though! Though these beauties smell like carnations on the summer breeze, the flower itself bestows upon inquisitive noses a rather dubious reward, best described as “musky.” The large, paddle-like anthers seem unusual, but their purpose becomes clear when bumblebees are observed rubbing their backs against them, being doused in pollen as they forage.
Once fertilized, the flowers develop into large, egg-shaped, fleshy fruits which turn from green in summer to yellow in fall. Prized by Cajuns as liane de grenade or “pomegranate vine,” the fruit can be eaten raw, made into jams and jellies, or its juice used to flavor drinks. Another name for this vine, maypop, comes from the popping sound the fruit makes when burst open. Though unripe fruit emits a rather pungent smell on first opening, many folks relish ripe passionflower fruit for its sweet flavor and as a native alternative to its commercially grown relative, Passiflora edulis.
Purple passionflower is easily grown in well-drained, average, or rich soils in full or part shade but, like most plants, blooms will be limited if the site is excessively shaded. This hardy and aggressive vine is also drought tolerant, making it a low maintenance choice for areas where it can be allowed to sprawl such as trellises, arbors, walls, or fencerows.
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HOW TO KEEP ANTS OUT OF YOUR GARDEN
Ants are helpful in some respects, but there are times when they end up causing damage to your Garden. Here are a few non-toxic methods to help you. If you have used other methods that worked, please let us know.
USE CITRUS PEELINGS
Collect citrus peelings (orange, lemon, etc.), ground them up and mix with water. Spray the liquid concoction over the ant mound. This method is an effective natural remedy for getting rid of carpenter ants and other garden ants. If you don't want to make this, you can buy Orange Guard. It is a liquid spray that includes only natural ingredients (the main ingredient is orange peel extract, otherwise known as d-Limonene).
This product is not harmful to garden soil or surrounding environment and is EPA-registered. Since all ingredients are food grade, it also won’t damage your crops.
USE BOILING WATER
If you can see the anthills, pouring boiling water over them several days in a row is a great way to reduce or eliminate an ant colony. You should use at least 3 gallons of boiling water for each ant mound.
USE BORAX MIXTURE
Spraying a mixture containing borax is effective to kill garden ants. For this purpose, combine equal amounts of borax and sugar and spray the mixture randomly in the garden or wherever you notice garden ants. Sugar attracts the ants to feed on the mixture and the borax kills the ants. By following this method, you will be successful in getting rid of sugar ants. I also heard recently that a Family had used a mixture of peanut butter, honey and borax to get rid of some colonies. They rolled mixture into small balls and left by the nest.
Grits or hot cereals are a good choice for getting rid of ants in the yard and garden. Sprinkle it in the garden, especially in the ant mounds and hills. After ants feed on the grits, they expand in their stomach and kill them.
While not the cheapest method, sprinkling ground cinnamon along the perimeter of your garden (or any surface area, for that matter) will repel ants, but not kill them. Create a thick line that will force ants to climb over and watch both red and black ants refuse to do so. Cinnamon will also reduce the amount of ants in your compost pile if they are bothersome.
Grow Mint Herb
Ants hate any type of strong odor. The pungent aromatic scent of mint leaves acts as natural pesticide for the ants. So, do not delay in planting mint in your garden so as to get rid of the troublesome ants. The permanent solution for garden ants is to grow and maintain mint plants throughout the year.
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