Burning bush stem
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The Hotly Debated Burning Bush

I had no idea of the problems caused by plants like bittersweet, autumn olive, barberry, Norway maple, burning bush, etc. I learned in my Master Gardner class that these are all on the New Hampshire invasive species list. That means they are illegal to collect, transport, sell, distribute or transplant (source: NH Dept. of Agriculture). Yes, it’s true, the burning bush is on the list. This particular one is anContinue reading

Prepping fruit for fruit leather
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Delicious Homemade Fruit (and Veggie) Leather

Last summer my friend Laura introduced me a healthier version of the sticky, prepackaged fruit roll-ups of my childhood. We’ve made them several times since, and I even sneak in veggies and the kids still love them!  I’m actually not sure who likes the homemade fruit leather more — the kids or me and my husband. A batch of fruit leather which should last a week is usually gone in fourContinue reading

A garden party for my little girl
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A Magical Garden Birthday for Kids

I’m always torn between having my daughter’s birthday party at the house or finding a venue to avoid the clean-up.  Since we love our garden area so much, I thought it would be fun to celebrate Abigail’s fourth birthday in the garden and share the experience.  I enlisted Abigail and her big sister Grace to help pick-out the decorations. We decided on a brightly colored theme with chevron, stripesContinue reading