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    Happy Spring!

    We’re celebrating the first day of Spring by starting our planting today. (Indoors only! There’s still snow on the ground.) Kale is first on the list, and in a first a for us, Lemongrass. Every year I swear off tender plants that have to be overwintered in the house, but I’m making another exception for Lemongrass. We fell in love with Lemongrass when we saw it growing wild on the island of Dominica. It was everywhere! Blew our minds to see it growing like, you know, grass on the side of the road, instead of the hothouse plant we know it as. And if you know Hawkeye, you know Dominica has become…

  • In the Herb Garden,  Recipes & How-To's

    Can’t find Spring? Make it yourself

    If you have access to a forsythia bush, you can make your own Spring a little ahead of the calendar. Forsythia flowers will bloom early if you cut some stems and bring them inside. They’ve lasted over a week on my kitchen table and have been such a treat to have as we’ve just gotten another foot of snow! It’s really easy- Here’s how: Cut forsythia stems on a mild day when the temperature is above freezing and put them in a bucket of warm water. Once inside, cut another inch off the bottoms of the submerged stems. This second cut, performed underwater where air cannot get in, will promote water uptake. Keep them in…