The History of an Apple Tree

ORIGIN Scientists believe that apples were first domesticated in south Kazakhstan as early as 2000 BC. The Greeks and Romans actually introduced the apple to North Africa and Europe. Apple Trees are actually a member of the Rose Family and the strawberry, plum, pear and blackberry fruits are actually sisters. Forbidden Fruit Apples have appearedContinue reading “The History of an Apple Tree”

Did you know? The Apple Edition

Variety There are more than 7,500 apple varieties wordwide with more than 2,500 varieties are grown in the US where its the second most-valued grown fruit. Come in all shades of red, green, and yellow as well as tastes such as sweet, tart and many mixed varieties. NUTRITION Fat-free, cholesterol free, has 5 grams ofContinue reading “Did you know? The Apple Edition”

Plant of the Month Recipes – October – Apple

It’s October, cool crisp fall is in the air, the leaves are turning colors, the smell of pumpkin spice in every store, festivals and best of all apple picking. This is why we made Apple our Plant for the Month for October. Apples are absolutely delicious, sweet, sometimes tart and very low calorie fruit. WhenContinue reading “Plant of the Month Recipes – October – Apple”

Inside-Out on Watermelon Seeds

The Old Wives’ Tale When we were young we were told that if we would swallow a Watermelon seed a Watermelon tree would grow inside of you. For decades, this myth stuck with all of us and made a bad name for Watermelon seeds. Nutritional Value Taking the seeds out actually dampens the nutritional valueContinue reading “Inside-Out on Watermelon Seeds”

Did you know? The Watermelon addition.

Another Fruit or Vegetable situation? Just like tomatoes, Watermelon can be thought of as a fruit and a vegetable. They grow like a fruit originating from flowers and they contain seeds whereas, gardeners think of them as vegetables since they grow like and are classified as part of the gourd family. Variety! Variety! Variety! WatermelonContinue reading “Did you know? The Watermelon addition.”

Tomatoes in Potholes, Movies and Science!

Pothole Tomatoes Yes, apparently tomatoes can grow in potholes. This nature vs man is located in Jackson, MI. The town has left a pothole untouched for so long that a tomato plant started to grow. Unfortunately, the tomatoes are inedible due to sewage building up at the bottom of the pothole and a storm drainageContinue reading “Tomatoes in Potholes, Movies and Science!”

Tomato Companion Plants

Not only can you plant Tomato’s in July but you can ALSO plant Companion Plants that will help it grow, help prevent diseases/bugs and use them together in Recipes! Basil Its a bit of a coincidence that our Plant of the Month for June was Basil as these plants pair so well not only togetherContinue reading “Tomato Companion Plants”

July’s Plant of the Month – Tomato

Basil and Tomatoes are considered a match made in Heaven! That is why we have chosen the Tomato as our Plant of the Month for July. Recipes:  Sides, Soups, Part of Salads or Mains Growing:  April – October Zone:  3-10 Where:  Full Sun (at least 8 hrs of sunlight per day). Versatile Planting:  Can beContinue reading “July’s Plant of the Month – Tomato”

Plant of the Month Recipes – Basil

Did someone say Basil? We’re making it the Plant of the Month! Why Basil? Taste: This wonderful plant has a strong, pungent, often sweet smell with a taste somewhat like Anise. Recipes: It can be used in everything from savory to desert dishes and can also be used in mixed drinks and smoothies! Growing: GrowsContinue reading “Plant of the Month Recipes – Basil”