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There are a couple of tricks to using black in the garden. The secret is to place plants where they stand out, not buried in the back of the border where their hues disappears. Black is always dramatic but such a dark color is best offset by contrasting foliage plants. Try a backdrop of bright gold, grey or chartreuse foliage. Such hues, not only highlight dark colors, but in turn their brightness is balanced by black. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2016 at The Frugal Gardener
Aenne Carver is now following Mecala
Sep 24, 2016
On the surface, this topic, fun photography apps, doesn't seem to relate to gardens, or gardening. However, most gardeners love to take photos of their hard work and their masterpieces, even if it is just one bloom like the above photo of my first rudbeckia of the season! Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at The Frugal Gardener
Summer rose care for those in a hurry: ~Constantly remove dead roses and inspect for insects. ~Water deeply twice a week and add a thick layer of mulch.Fertilize monthly with product high in phosphorous ~Prune lightly while removing dead flowers. Aim to remove crossing branches and any awkward branches. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at The Frugal Gardener
Summer is the time of year when laziness is acceptable and noshing on frozen treats is expected. Make healthy-ish popsicles loaded with tropical goodness to satisfy your craving. Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at grow-eat-thrive
Peter Piper may have picked a peck of pickled peppers, but could he grow them? Yes, it’s easy! Peppers have spiced up gardens for centuries. Peppers are a pretty plant with plentiful fruit in a plethora of shapes, colors, and flavors. Shapes range from tiny to large; tall to squat. Peppers radiate flaming hues like red, yellow, orange, green, and purple. Their flavor reaches from the very mild to the burning hot. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at The Frugal Gardener
Aenne Carver is now following Shelly Springer
Mar 7, 2015
In January, I did a 48 hour smoothie cleanse. My daughter and I did it long distance, texting pictures and encouraging each other. I should opt for a longer, more intense cleanse, but this seemed just right. It did allow me to see I'd been eating too much!! While a water only fast may be too hard on your body, a smoothie fast gives your digestion a break and allows you to rethink how much focus and time you spend on eating. Also, it can help reset your appetite to allow you to eat less and be satisfied. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at grow-eat-thrive
Tea is steeped in history and brimming with tradition. Recently, the news has been overflowing with praise for tea’s health enhancing properties. Herbal tea has the same healthful antioxidants found in black and green tea as well as additional medicinal benefits which are unique to each herb. Besides for improving your health, the ritual of drinking tea brings moments of grace to our chaotic lives. To enhance this pleasure, imagine going into your garden and picking your own custom blend of herbs to make a cup. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at The Frugal Gardener
“Tea” say the word and breath deeply. Then take a break from your hectic life and experience a moment of grace by having a cup of tea. We all need more moments of grace and peace. Preparing a cup of tea slows us down to savor the moment. Tea creates a ceremony and soothes the spirit, but did you know each type of tea has it’s own particular benefits? Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at grow-eat-thrive
This stuff has really great flavor and makes a good fall gift. I also appreciate the extra protein and nutrition from the chia and hemp seeds. I use the maple almond butter on pancakes, swirled in vegan yogurt ( I like coconut), in smoothies and just on crackers! Enjoy and check out OhSheGlows cookbook. I love every recipe I’ve tried. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at grow-eat-thrive
Metabolism-Boosting Green Citrus Tea Metabolism-Boosting Green Citrus Tea This recipe is from Oh She Glows cookbook Ingredients: 3 cups of boiling water to steep two tea bags of favorite green tea The juice of one grapefruit The juice of one lemon Big pinch of chipotle pepper ( Oh She Glows cookbook suggests using cayenne pepper, but I like the smokiness of chipotle pepper and think it compliments the green tea well) Directions: Steep tea in water for three minutes Squeeze the juice of fruits through fine sieve to remove seeds and pulp Use spoon to press all the juice through sieve Drink warm or chilled This drink is refreshing and energizing! Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at grow-eat-thrive
My ten cent goldfish had two babies last summer. I think they are getting ready again! Their tails have fanned into marvelous swirling fantasies. I love watching them. I love the colors in this photo of apricot or peach with a true blue. My forget-me-nots first provided the blue followed by the nigella, with the sweet common name love in a mist. One of my favorite spring flowers. I adore the red & white seed pods that follow the flowers. To have this plant, you must sow the seeds...I've never seen plants for sale. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at The Frugal Gardener
1/3 cup Old fashioned rolled oats (not instant or quick) 1 cup almond milk, and more if needed 1-2 tablespoons chia seeds 1 ripe banana, peeled and smashed 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Directions: Mix together the above ingredients in a bowl and place in fridge overnight. I used slightly less almond milk and forgot the vanilla extract. It was delicious, but the surprizing thing is how much energy it provided for hours! If you like muesli, then this is for you. My husband calls it goop, but if you add crunchy nuts and some top with fruit, like Rainier cherries or strawberries, it is full of divergent texture. It saves well for a few days in a mason jar. If you want gluten free look for those oats in any good healthy grocery store. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at grow-eat-thrive
When you begin gardening, flowers cast the first spell. Then, you start to notice the year-round nuances found in leaves' texture. Leaves are thorny, ruffled, curly, ribbed, grass-like, pucked, downy, jagged, ferny, shiny or spiny...and more! Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at The Frugal Gardener
Try Soda Stream for using your herbs, spices, lemons or fruit to create a unique drink. This basic flavored homemade syrup recipe is versatile. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at grow-eat-thrive
Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering "it will be happier" Alfred Tennyson. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at The Frugal Gardener
Aenne Carver has shared their blog The Frugal Gardener
Sep 9, 2013
today the hot brown rice kernels over the fresh peaches, raspberries and almonds was amazing for breakfast. A hearty breakfast like this keeps you full for a long time. Brown rice is a great source of selenium, magnesium and it also provides fiber. The almonds provide calcium, magnesium, vitamin E and compounds called phytonutrients, that may help protect against cardiovascular disease and even cancer. Peaches are high in vitamin A and like brown rice and raspberries they are packed with phytonutrients. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2013 at grow-eat-thrive
Layer the parfait by starting with fruit and nuts in the bottom, then top that with yogurt mixture. Add a finishing sprinkle of raisin, blueberries and toasted almond. Chill in refrigerator overnight covered with cling wrap or a clean cloth. Serve to your sweet heart with hot coffee or tea first thing in the morning.As Audrey Hepburn said, "the best thing to hold on to in life is each other." Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at grow-eat-thrive
Thanks so much for encouraging me!Today, I should prune my roses, but I have a few blooms. In Southern California, it is easy to have year round flowers! Come back and visit soon. I also have anew blog about becoming vegetarian.You might enjoy it too because I use things I grow.
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2013 on Autumn ~ Back to normal at The Frugal Gardener
Thanks for your kind words. I hope to inspire. Today, I am making a big salad from my red lettuce and peas.
To make flavored oil, simply pour good quality Olive Oil into your bottle, then add the spices you wish. I used peppers and basil but you could make a classic, flavored oil with rosemary, peppercorns and bay leaf. This makes a lovely gift for your postman or gardening friends. Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2012 at grow-eat-thrive
Pineapple Tofu Rice ~ Serve the sauté dish in pineapple shells! This looks lovely and has many textures and colors. It is a healthful, hearty dish layered with flavor. I admit there are many steps to this recipe and ingredients but it is delicious and even non-vegetarians like it. Courtesy of Chloe’s Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2012 at grow-eat-thrive
This is a classic dessert, Coeurs A La Creme, and this version is low calorie! Top it with edible flowers from your garden! Perfect for Valentine's Day, or for an anniversary or to impress company. It is very light and takes very little attention or work. This recipie teaches you how to thicken yogurt into a creamy cheese-like state. This process is useful for making sauces and dressings. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2012 at grow-eat-thrive