Category: History & Facts (page 1 of 2)

Summertime-Plant Colorful Carrots!Vegetables


Plant colorful carrot seeds now and harvest amazing tasting carrots this fall! You won’t believe how sweet they are compared to any other carrot you’ve ever tried. Look for colorful carrot seeds from Renee’s Garden or Botanical Interests. Colorful Carrot Varieties When you shop for seeds, you’ll see there are so many different colorful carrots […]

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Discover Forestiere’s Underground GardensHidden Garden Gem

Citrus trees growing out of the ground.

Forestiere Underground Gardens is a hidden garden gem located in Fresno, California. It was created over 100 years ago by Baldassare Forestiere, a citrus farmer from Italy. When Forestiere discovered he would not inherit land from his family, he immigrated to the east coast of the U.S. to make his own way. To earn enough […]

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Summer Limb Drop in Trees


  One summer several years ago, I was a witness (and nearly a victim) to summer limb drop.  While weeding under a grove of eucalyptus trees I heard a loud “crack!” I looked up into the tree canopy and saw a branch falling towards me. Like a deer in the headlights, I stood frozen to the […]

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Roly Polys, Rollie Pollies and Pillbugs, oh my!

Thanks to two facebook friends for their bug questions that inspired this post! Robyn Grace Jennings:  Rollie pollies are eating all my plants and I’m a totally organic gardener. What do I do Anne? :'( Anne of Green Gardens: Robyn, before taking action, let’s do a little detective work. Rollie pollies love moisture, so they are […]

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California Poppy

In 4th grade, students study California history and learn about its state flower, the California Poppy. As a kid I picked a bouquet and put it in a vase. I was intrigued that the flowers closed at night and opened in the morning. I happened to mention it at school and some mean boy told […]

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Myth Busters!

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted much lately. This is because I’m writing my first book! I’m excited to share my gardening knowledge with you. Since there are numerous garden books with photos of step-by-step directions and how-to information, I decided not to add to these books. Instead, my plan is to expound […]

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Sacred Hallucinogenic Plant: DaturaPlant Profiles


Growing up, my “playground” was a huge yard with fruit trees, seasonal veggies and plenty of empty space. It also housed an abundance of weeds and wildflowers. Every summer, one flower in particular would catch my attention. It had large, fragrant white flowers and low growing light green foliage. This “moonflower” (as I called it) […]

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Facebook Page or I’m Growing!

Okay, so I lied. I am still only 5’3″ tall. Akshully, I have just created a facebook fan page. How did I do it? Simple. I lounged in a beanbag and directed my friend Holly, who is happy to work for cinnamon flavored pita chips. Please check out: Anne of Green Gardens and “like” my […]

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Plant Parts

Did you know that plants are made up of different “parts?” Listen to this song by the fabulously named Banana Slug String Band.  Their popular tune Roots, Stems Leaves. focuses on the plant parts that we eat. Do you know what they are? Can you give some examples of each?  No peeking! Roots: carrots, beets, […]

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Potatoes: A HistoryIrish potato famine and more

russett potatoes

Potatoes are definitely a favorite vegetable with Americans. Baked, broiled, fried, home fries, mashed, hash browns…did I miss any? This popular vegetable is originally from the Peruvian Andes in South America where thousands of varieties can be found. The potato didn’t arrive in Ireland until the 1600’s. Potatoes were easy to grow and fed a […]

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