Newsletter: October 3, 2015




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Easy Grow Flowers, Gardening Myths & Brew and Grow Herbal Tea

Easy to Grow Flowers

Our new Easy To Grow Flowers collection is the perfect starting place for an extremely attractive flower garden needing very little work. It delivers in colors, blooms, scents and butterflies and pollinators for years to come. Ideal for the beginning flower gardener or as a gift or starter pack to encourage some butterflies, bees and hummingbirds to visit.

We start with the easy to use Growing Flowers Planting Chart that gives great planting information on 24 different flower species including sun preference, soil needs, seed spacing, plant height, flowering times and any important notes.

Then we add in seven well-loved flowers that are known for their beauty, scent, colors and ability to bring in the pollinators!

Gardening Myths of Our Times

Many of us that have a garden have adopted myths that we accept without question, even when they don’t make sense or have been proven to be wrong. Here are just a few examples:

The more digging and cultivating you do, the better your soil will be.

Not true for most soils. The best soil structure is created by organic matter, the action of roots and small creatures such as earthworms. Almost all other digging or tilling destroys soil structure and loses fertility.

Well-tended soil is soil with nothing growing on it.

Bare soil is dying soil! It is losing nutrients to erosion and moisture to evaporation as well as not having anything replenished. It has far less soil life in the root zone near the surface.

The only source of nutrients are fertilizers.

If this was true, all plant life in nature would have died out long ago. Using only petro-chemical fertilizers can keep a plant alive, but it won’t be healthy, able to fend off pests or disease or have much nutrition in it.

Chemicals will solve our pest and disease problems.

Herbicides, fungicides and insecticides weaken the soil life, destroy soil fertility and structure, create compaction and weaken and malnourish the plants – causing more of the exact problems you wish to solve.

Roots suffocate under mulch.

Roots actually suffocate without mulch due to compaction of the soil, preventing the roots from breathing and the soil from draining, as well as from too much cultivation too deeply in the topsoil.

The chemical industry can guarantee high yields.

This is a half-truth, as sparing use of petro-chemical fertilizers can help yields, but they will never improve the soil fertility. The real solution is to grow healthy, resilient and vigorous plants.

The basic practices for overcoming these and almost all other myths are soil restoration and improvement, enriching the local ecosystem and intelligent, observant care. Reasonable, cautious use of assistive chemistry such as fertilizers or chemicals during periods of real need after alternative methods have failed should not be excluded, and will be rare.

Learn to trust yourself, inviting intention, experience, interest and observation into your garden.

If this intrigues you and you want to learn more, read Growing Vegetables with A Smile!

Brew Herbal Tea Now & Grow Some For Later

Fresh brewed herbal tea is especially enjoyable in the fall and winter, but few of us think about where that tea comes from, how it’s grown or the lives of those who grow and harvest it.

That’s where Rishi Organic Tea comes in. The founder traveled extensively to the tea producing areas of the world and became friends with the growers, creating long lasting relationships that have paid off in vastly superior teas that are ethical in origin, as well as being organically grown.

Rishi has established itself as one of the very few companies to eliminate any pesticide or chemical processing use from the field to tea pot, and every tea is Certified Organic to back up this claim.

Cindy and I have really enjoyed Rishi Tea for several years and have some great herbal teas for you to enjoy this fall and winter:

  • Organic Green Mint Tea
  • Organic Blueberry Rooibos Tea
  • Organic Peach Blossom White Tea Blend
  • See all of our teas here!

For those that want to explore herbal teas a bit deeper, we have an Herbal Tea Collection that includes a great introductory book that covers planning, planting, growing, harvesting and drying herbs for teas, as well as a section on blending them for your particular taste preferences. There are five herbs that work very well as a foundation for your learning about herbal teas.

Start growing your Herbal Tea Garden here!


From the soil to the seed to the food you eat – we’ll help you grow your best garden!

“We believe in a world of healthy soil, seed, food and people. Everyone has a fundamental need for vibrant food and health, which are closely linked.
 We work to achieve this by challenging and changing conventional gardening thinking, providing successful and unique methods and techniques while inspiring the power of choice and action for the individual.”

Stephen and Cindy Scott

Terroir Seeds | Underwood Gardens

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