Welcome To MichiganWritten by Barbara Baker
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The garden brings many aspects of earth together. The birds find food and ample hiding places to build their baby’s nests. The butterflies are abundant, feeding on nectar of flowering plants. I am always grabbing my books to look up name of a new winged visitor to garden. I think my favorite part of garden is thyme bed. A lot of thymes are ground covers, and in spring they have tiniest blossoms. Did you know about lavender, lemon, caraway, minus, creeping, oregano, English, French, silver, common, lime, orange, orange spice, nutmeg, silver needle, and woolly thyme ? These are only a few varieties of this species. I harvest these for making herbal swags and to add them to sachets and potpourri. I am a member of Michigan Herb Association, and Great Lakes Herb Business Association. If you visit web site of Great Lakes Herb Business Association you will see a variety of businesses in our state that sells herbs and herbal products. The web site is very informative and a good resource to check out while your coming our way. Sweet Annie’s Rose is name of my little rustic shop and garden. You will find as many weeds as there are herbs at times, but no one seems to care. Drop by and stroll though garden. You can nibble on some sweet cicely, or taste lemon thyme. You can pull a few weeds, exchange a few seeds, or just wander alone through herbs and let their magic find a place in your heart.
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Barbara Baker is a webmaster, author, and Internet Marketer with an extreme passion for herbs
Black Walnut Trees Produce A Natural InsecticideWritten by Marilyn Pokorney
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Juglone is sometimes washed out of still green walnuts during late summer or even autumn rains. The growth of plants 60 to 80 feet away are inhibited by juglone. The substance affects plants of various families. Studies have found that tomatoes, alfalfa, potatoes, apples, blackberries, rhododendron, mountain laurel and pine trees are all affected.
According to a professor and extension forester at Iowa State University, juglone is known to repel various garden insects. Just by placing branches of tree around house and under furniture dog and cat owners are amazed to find that their pets have fewer fleas.
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Author: Marilyn Pokorney Freelance writer of science, nature, animals and the environment. Also loves crafts, gardening, and reading. Website: http://www.apluswriting.net