Wild Cucumber – (Echinocystis lobata) – Good or Bad?

Wild Cucumber – (Echinocystis lobata) – Good or Bad?

Wild Cucumber (Echinocystis lobata) festoons the landscape with fragrant flowers from midsummer into fall. We’ll share photos and tips for identification, and answer some common questions about this rowdy wild neighbor. Wild cucumber is also known as Balsam Apple, Prickly Cucumber, Wild Balsam Apple, Wild Mock Cucumber and Lace Pants.

Purslane – One of the Most Nutritious Plants in the Garden

Purslane – One of the Most Nutritious Plants in the Garden

Did you know that a “weed” may be one of the most nutritious and useful plants in your garden? We’ll share the health benefits of purslane for food and medicine, plus how to use is as a companion plant in the garden. Common purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is also known as Verdolaga, Pigweed, Little Hogweed,  Pusley,…

Dandelion Wine Recipe (& the Mistake You Don’t Want to Make)
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Dandelion Wine Recipe (& the Mistake You Don’t Want to Make)

Wine out of dandelions? You bet! Making homemade dandelion wine is a longstanding family tradition. We don’t make it every year, but I do like to keep a few bottles on hand for company. The taste of this dandelion wine is rich, golden and warming – more like a good brandy than a wine. I’ve…