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Sweet Basil — Ocimum basilicum — A Plant With Benefits

Posted by on May 23, 2014


BUY Sweet Basil seeds, Ocimum basilicum, a plant with benefits TODAY! Did you know besides being an aphrodisiac, basil is a great source of vitamin A, magnesium, potassium and iron? ~Helen Yoest Basil is a wonderful all-purpose aphrodisiac getting action through aromatherapy–it’s the smell of the basil that drives us wild. In ancient times, women […]

May inspiration–Green Season

Posted by on May 17, 2014

Helen's Haven front Red Bed in green

  My May seems to be a month of greens–emerging greens, glad greens, gorgeous greens, gold greens. Green becomes the background for summer sizzle. Before the greens arrived, spring was a burst of color with intrepid yellows, stunning fuchsias, plucky purples. If spring is the place from which all her emotions poured (The Fountainhead by […]

Garden Talent: Derek Bossen

Posted by on May 15, 2014

Derek N. Bossen

Name: Derek N. Bossen Age: 44 Occupation: Landscape Designer, Horticulturist Place of Employment: GreenBoss Design, Peconic, New York Where you went to college: SUNY Farmingdale, UGA Athens What is your earliest garden memory? Anticipating the Crocus and Forsythia in spring. What made you decide to enter the field of horticulture? I always liked getting dirty […]

Plants With Benefits: Avocado Dressing

Posted by on May 14, 2014

Avocado salad dressing

Avocado adds flavor to any dish, but I’ve felt that I’ve been stuck in a rut with how I ate them. Since the release of my newest book,  Plants with Benefits, a must-have plant with benefits, I’ve been exploring ways to add avocado to my everyday, easy diet. Carolyn Binder, who blogs at Cowlick Cottage Farm, […]

Garden Talent: Gregory Smaus

Posted by on May 8, 2014

Gregory Smaus

Name: Gregory Smaus Age: 35 Occupation: Gardener, Designer Place of Employment: Owner: Native Root Designs, LLC, Poulsbo, WA Maintenance Manager: Rock Solid Landscapes, Seattle, WA Where you went to college: Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA What is your earliest garden memory? One summer when I was around 12 I called my dad complaining about being bored. I would come home from […]

American Meadows: Creating a Safe Haven for the Birds, Bees, and Butterflies at Home

Posted by on May 8, 2014

Wildlife cover

Each year, I add more to my wildlife garden, Helen’s Haven. I like trying different plants and buying seeds from various vendors. One of my go-to companies is American Meadows. They are even doing a special basil package with my book cover,  Plants With Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, & Veggies in […]