Lavender isn’t just a color. In case you didn’t know, lavender is a hardy perennial plant that blooms all summer and returns year after year. We’ve been growing lavender is our garden for years, and we get many admiring comments from passersby about the beautiful and fragrant flowers that blossom from each plant’s bushy silver-green foliage.
Growing tomatoes upside down is so 2007. This season brings the Tomato Factory, a new tomato planter promising to grow bushels of tomatoes with little space or effort required. In the Tomato Factory, plants grow right side up like Mother Nature intended. And if the illustration at right is accurate, each plant is completely identical!
Okay, we’re hardy souls up here in Frostbite Falls, but I’m getting pretty darn sick of winter. The gardening catalogs are arriving daily, and commercials for Giant Blueberries and Indoor Banana Trees are tempting me with the promise of something fresh to put on my morning cereal. And I’m dreaming of delicious, colorful salads with Rainbow Bell Peppers picked fresh from my patio garden. But this year, I’m going to consider more than just my own stomach – the birds and bees get hungry, too. If I plant the Amazing Hummingbird Vine on the backyard fence, will the nectar really draw hummingbirds by the dozen? I guess I could risk it, since the yellow and orange flowers are gorgeous all on their own. Butterflies are attracted to Hearty English Lavender and ants dislike the smell of it – perfect for organic ant control! Who knows, maybe I’ll even plant a couple of Royal Empress Trees close enough to string up my hammock, so I can laze about, eating bowls of just-picked cherries from my Flowering Cherry Hedge… I am SO ready for Spring.
It’s a tempting idea. Grow your own banana tree indoors and it will produce “hands” of delicious fresh tropical bananas. I was skeptical, but I searched the web and bananas really can be grown indoors. One plant can produce dozens of potassium-rich bananas that are far superior in taste to the artificially-ripened supermarket variety.
Awesome Auger is certainly not a new product, but it does have a brand-spankin’ new commercial from mega-pitchmanBilly Mays. OK, maybe they re-used a lot of footage from the original spot. But there are new testimonials. Even Popular Mechanics says the Awesome Auger is “occasionally awesome,” and how many As Seen On TV products are even “rarely awesome?”