Oregano comes from the labiate family like basil. Its natural habitat is the mountainous region around the Mediterranean Sea. The ancient Greeks and Romans introduced oregano to Europe and the Spaniards in turn brought it to the new world. It is grown for export in Mexico as Origanum mexicana Mexican oregano. Ancient Greeks used oregano as an antidote and it was used by Ancient Egyptian herbalists for medicinal purposes as well. The name oregano means ‘joy of the mountain’.
Oregano, despite of its popularity in Greece, Italy and other Mediterranean countries, was almost unknown in the US until after the World War II when soldiers brought home the “pizza taste”. Its popularity around the world rose with the popularity of Italian foods, particularly pizza.
Who do not enjoy the sight and sounds of birds in the garden? Even in the gray of winter, our feathered friends bring you joy and happiness as they flirt playfully about the feeder bringing color and excitement to our lives. Like all wildlife, birds need reasons to be attracted to our property. Stocking a winter feeder or providing a few birdhouses or a birdbath is a good start. By adding a few basic requirements in the form of landscape plantings, we can attract and keep birds of many species close to our homes.
Providing food, nest boxes, nesting materials, water, and natural habitat can attract birds to our backyards, giving us much nicer views of them and, when done properly, making life easier for the birds.
Regardless of what it is that you are doing in the garden, or whether you are new at this or a seasoned hand, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for any of those little surprises that may come upon you when you least expect. No matter if you are cutting flowers, digging a new vegetable plot, or excavating the entire backyard for your new landscape dream, you will encounter many common safety issues.
Whatever the case, keep the following tips in mind when you begin any type of gardening project:
Do you have bugs eating all of your precious plants? Here are some tips.
There are many ways on how to use low-cost and non-toxic ways to kill every kind of bug there is. Here are some common questions and answers to bug problems that many gardeners face. In the summer, many outdoor plants can be plagued by bugs. Whether it is a vegetable garden, flower garden, or a treasured tree infested by bugs, this article about homemade insecticides can help you keep the bugs at bay. Around July, many Hostas and other popular garden-variety plants begin to have yellowish holes. These holes are from bug infestation. If you have noticed this kind of decay of your plants, here are a few tips. How do you keep bugs off of your Hostas?
Fresh raspberries are a delectable summertime garden treat. They are delicious in jams, cakes, custards, crepes, and many other mouth-watering culinary delights. Growing your own garden-fresh raspberries is enjoyable as well as economical.
Raspberries are cultivated for their delicious sweet fruits. They are eaten fresh or can be frozen for later use. They are also used to make jam, jelly, desserts, and even wine. The raspberry plant has medicinal uses as well. The fruits, which are typically a deep red color, can also be dark purple or white, contain vitamin C and other antioxidants. Tea made from the leaves is good for digestion, and when applied to the skin, is an astringent.
Pink flowers are some of the most wanted plants; the reason for their great popularity is explained by their very positive and optimistic color. A pink flower can signify grace, gentility, joy and happiness. Here are just a few ideas about how to use pink flowers to color your home and garden.
Flowers are always an ideal way of bringing color and beauty even to the grayest corner of all; purple and pink flowers are often the right choice when it comes to creating a daring vivid look. Small pink flowers are ideal for children’s room, particularly if you have a little girl, for the kitchen as well as for the living room or family room.