I swear, the sun comes out for 48 contiguous hours in Portland and I'm ready to wear flip-flops and play in the dirt. This year, I'm going to try to kill two birds with one stone and fill my veggie garden with pick-and-eat crops. Gardening with kids is one of the best and most enjoyable ways to expose them to more vegetables. Frankly, I'm ready to give the dinner table tension a rest, and when we're gardening, vegetables are just part of the fun. Here are my favorite pick-and-eat vegetables - easy to grow, even for the novice gardener. If you don't have garden space, plant them in a pot. In a matter of weeks, you'll be able to tell the kids they've grown their own snacks. Click through for 7 pick-and-eat crops from your kids' vegetable garden! -By Asha Dornfest
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- Babble.com | Green – Tue, Mar 26, 2013 3:11 PM EDT
I swear, the sun comes out for 48 contiguous hours in Portland and I'm ready to wear flip-flops and play in the dirt. This year, I'm going to try to kill two birds with one stone and fill my veggie garden with pick-and-eat crops. Gardening with kids is one of the best and most enjoyable ways to expose them to more vegetables. Frankly, I'm ready to give the dinner table tension a rest, and when we're gardening, vegetables are just part of the fun. Here are my favorite pick-and-eat vegetables - easy to grow, even for the novice gardener. If you don't have garden space, plant them in a pot. In a matter of weeks, you'll be able to tell the kids they've grown their own snacks. Click through for 7 pick-and-eat crops from your kids' vegetable garden! -By Asha DornfestRead More »from It's Easy Eating Green! 7 Pick-and-Eat Crops for Your Kids' Vegetable Garden
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'Bartzella' Itoh hybrid peony
Bright yellow double blooms have a spicy scent. Stems are sturdy and foliage is lush and dark green.
A new introduction, 'Bartzella' is especially vigorous, blooms in late spring, and grows 2½ to 3 feet tall and wide.
'Blaze' Herbaceous peony
With ruffled red petals around a yellow center, these single blooms resemble fluffy bowls atop erect stems on a 2-foot-tall and 2½-foot-wide plant.
Grow it behind spring bulbs or as an accent in perennial borders (blue-flowered Campanula glomerata makes a pretty companion). Bloom time is mid- to late spring.
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'Bowl of Beauty' Herbaceous peony
Bowl-shaped, fuchsia-pink blooms have tufts of creamy white petals in the center; the fragrant flowers start opening in midspring on plants 1½ to 2 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide.
'Buckeye Belle' Herbaceous peony
A semidouble variety with velvety, dark red blooms atop sturdy stems, this stunner makes a showy cut flower. It grows 1½ to 2 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide.
'Cora Louise' Itoh hybrid peony'
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- Babble.com | Green – Mon, Mar 18, 2013 1:43 PM EDT
There may be snow in some parts of the United States, but I'm springing for next season anyway! Of course, with spring comes fresh produce, sunshine, and leaves on trees and petals on flowers. So what better way to prep for the warmer weather than by getting your gardening on? I'm springing for a few on-trend gardening solutions this year because, after all, growing just isn't as much fun with a simple gardening pot as it is with a cool planter. If your sentiments match mine, you'll love what I've got in store. Click through for 7 on-trend planters to brighten your home! - By Michelle Horton
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- Babble.com | Green – Thu, Mar 14, 2013 2:23 PM EDT
Ah, springtime is about in session! And you know what that means: It's time to get to growin'. Regardless of where you live or your horticulture skill level, you can start an awesome backyard garden! Really, the benefits of doing so extend well beyond the chance to grow something of your own and add some green to your life. There's what comes during and before that: the documenting of your garden, all the yummy produce you'll have, plus everything in between. Click through for 7 simple ways to start gardening this spring! - By Cyd Converse
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- Babble.com | Green – Wed, Mar 13, 2013 2:57 PM EDT
You guys might know by now that I have a bit of a thing for trolling around and finding old things that I can make new again. Items with great lines or a cool finish are fair game for upcycling in my book! I tend to really love scavenging around at garage sales, flea markets and estate sales to see what old but new-to-me treasures I can bring home. Not only is making the old new again super fun, it's also more eco-friendly and generally more budget-friendly than buying new. That's what I like to call a win-win-win. I've got a few examples if you're not sure what I mean. Click through for 7 amazing ways to upcycle old household items! - By Cyd Converse
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- Babble.com | Green – Mon, Mar 11, 2013 12:37 PM EDT
You know how the saying goes: March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. In our parts (the West Coast that is), it looks like we're in for a lion's entrance with a pineapple express of rain on its way. But the good news is that the flowers will be appearing and spring will soon be on its way for all! So with that thought, I've gathered some clever spring gardening tips - all very budget-friendly - from your friendly neighborhood IKEA. You'll be surprised how many household items can be repurposed, from old soda cans or coffee mugs to coat hangers and vases. Click through for 7 of the most clever gardening tips and ideas to try out this spring! - By Jan Halvarson
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- Babble.com | Green – Thu, Mar 7, 2013 11:42 AM EST
Succulent plants have always been favorites in the world of decorating. They store water in their leaves, which is why they appear more swollen and fleshy. It's hard not to adore these colorful, bubbly plants; plus with their natural hardiness, they can grow in just about anything! Incorporate them into your home or garden for a fun addition to everyday decor. Their striking and unusual appearance make them ideal crafting accessories, too! From whimsical to urban, check out these 7 gorgeous ways to craft with succulent plants. - By Jennifer Hadfield
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- Babble.com | Green – Mon, Feb 25, 2013 1:28 PM EST
Never have I put more time, care and attention into the products I was slathering onto my body daily than when I was pregnant. The idea that my body was no longer my own - that it was growing this tiny seed of life that relied on me to grow - was enough to make me ditch my toxic beauty drawer in search of more natural alternatives. And even though I'm no longer pregnant, the idea of returning to my former ways after relying on such healthful products makes me cringe. Naturally (ha! pun!), I've gathered up 10 of my favorite finds to keep you fresh, pampered and - most importantly - safe. Happy pampering, mamas! --By Erin Loechner
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- Babble.com | Green – Mon, Feb 25, 2013 1:16 PM EST
I live in a loft, so I don't have a place for a larger garden. Thus, if I want plant life around me in the spring and summer, I must use planters. The good thing about using planters is you can move them around and change them out as your needs/tastes desire. Plus, you can also customize them with paint, decoupage and more. I'm personally going to be decorating my porch this summer, and I needed some ideas for planters, so I pulled together what I believe is a great collection that's sure to inspire your inner grower. Click through for 7 creative ways to garden this spring! - By Amy Anderson
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