Tom Greenthumb Gardening

Monday, March 13, 2006

Gardening Boot or Dirty Shoes

While it was probably fun as a kid to get your shoes dirty sloshing through the muck and mud. As an adult, I like to keep the dirt and mud in the garden, and out of the house by wearing a protective gardening boot. If you don't have an old pair of shoes you can use for the purpose, I found a neat item from the Muck Boot Co. If you're like me, you need a shoe that is both waterproof and resistant to the hazards of garden. These should do the trick. Or you can start a new trend and wear these to weddings or bar mitzvah's.

"Hey Tom. I really like your shoes. They look sharp with your suit."

"Why thanks Bob. These are my muck shoes."

Echinacea: Herb of the Week

My herb for the week is echinacea. You've probably heard of it. This perennial is an herb that has been used by many people to treat or prevent colds. A stronger immune system is believed to be the benefit of echinacea. It's also been known for its use on acne or other maladies of the skin. It can be used in its dry form or as a liquid. A person might add it to their tea.

Personally, I have grown echinacea root for its vibrant, purple color. Blooming time is generally between the months of June and October, and full-grown plants average around three feet in size. If you're looking to add some color to your herb garden, I'd definitely suggest this beauty. You may even reap the benefits of better health by using it in a few of the ways suggested above. Though, always remember to consult your doctor before adding anything supplemental to your diet, and watch for allergies.