Wednesday, September 29, 2010
One of my interests has been organics. This started before anything "organic" ever appeared in a grocery store. Having grown vegetables "organically" for many years I always felt like it was not neccesary to buy all of our veggies and fruits organic. Some of our produce is bug resistant and prolific all on its own, so it did not make sense to me that commercial growers would spend money on using these chemicals when it was not needed.
Here is a list of produce that you just don't need to buy organic......(save your money for edibles like the list of produce that DOES need to be organic, plus eggs, milk and meat which are concentrated animal products!)
"Clean" produce: (from cleanest to riskiest) Onions (duh!), Avocado, Sweet Corn, Pineapple, Mangoes, Sweet Peas, Asparagus, Kiwi, Cabbage, Eggplant, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Grapefruit, Sweet potato, Honeydew melon
"Dirty" produce: (from dirtiest to cleanest) Celery, Peaches, Strawberries, Apples, Blueberries, Nectarines, Bell Peppers (you can't grow these guys without LOTS of fertilizer), Spinach, Kale, Cherries, Potatoes, Imported Grapes
This is by no means extensive and if you are interested I am sure there is lots more info out there.
Have an inspired day!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I had to swap out the green as I have not purchased the Pear Pizzaz, but I enjoyed the color combo anyway. I used Stampin' Up Tea Party Designer Paper for the Pretty In Pink and utilized both ink and cardstock for the Chocolate Chip. I would not have thought to use the Cherry Cobbler cardstock, but I think it was a great addition to the color palette. Ironically, I had just recieved my Cherry Cobbler card stock last week so I got to use it sooner that I probably would have!
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On Saturday, June 26, 2010, from 10am to 4pm, the Grand Marais Garden Tour will feature 12 lovely flower and vegetable gardens in Grand Marais, MI on beautiful Grand Marais Bay in the upper peninsula of Michigan.
While the gardens are the focus, the tour offers so much more!
Included in the tour of gardens are some special features that Grand Marais is honored to share with this year's visitors. There are three stops on the tour that you won't find on other garden tours: The Pickle Barrel Historic Iris Display Garden, the Old Post Office Museum Rose Garden, and the Grand Marais Public School's Edible Garden. The Iris Garden features old varieties with some dating before 1935. The Rose Garden will feature more than 70 kinds of roses and the School Garden is a culmination of the work of students ages 5-18 where they experience "the (gardening) process and see where food comes from and how they are a part of that process".
An English Tea will be offered from Noon to 2 pm. This traditional "low" tea or afternoon tea will include a selection of teas, sandwiches and dessert breads at a cost of $7.00 per person. The tea will be served on the beautiful lawn of George and Marion Curtis and will be in memoriam of Marion. This event will be tent covered in case on inclement weather.
Two very special seminars will be held in conjunction with the garden tour. These seminars are an absolute "do not miss" opportunity for the avid gardener. Neil Moran, of Sault Ste. Marie, is a horticulture instructor and author of North Country Gardening: Simple Secrets to successful Northern Gardening. He will relate what he knows about growing flowers and vegetables in cold climates. Nancy McDonald of Grand Marais will present
The Daylily Explosion: Making sense of 50,000 Choices. Some kind of Daylily will fit into every garden and Nancy will help you make the right choices for your garden space.
As in past years you will be able to purchase plants donated by local gardeners at our plant sale, bid on innovative and unique items during our Silent Auction, and enjoy our delightful Music and Art on the Green.
This year our musicians in the gardens and the green space will include the 'Ski Band featuring Ira McDonald at the keyboard; Ann and Will Rowland, a well known Michigan duo; pianist Bob Williams; flutist Elizabeth Magyar; the Schlabach Family's Old Time Fiddle and Dulcimer Music; solo performer Nick Dongvillo presenting his talents on guitar, mandolin & vocals; duo Bill and Laura Baudoux on Guitar and Violin; and a local favorite, Al Young on guitar & vocals.
Admission is $10 per person. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (906) 494-2299.