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Tales from a Plant Addict

Fun (& a few serious) facts, tips and tricks for every gardener, new and old.

Bay Laurel

Whether you call it a Bay Laurel, True Laurel, Sweet Bay, Laurel, or Bay Tree, they are all names for Laurus nobilis . This is the tree that is the source of Bay Leaves, commonly used to flavor soups and stews. Honestly, I never gave much thought as to where Bay Leaves came from, until I saw a Bay...

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Olives ( Olea europaea ) are more popular than ever. I grew up thinking there were two kinds of olives: the green ones with red pimentos in the center, and black ones. Boy was I wrong! Growing up we were not a big olive-eating family. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I remember my mom buying olives. It wasn't until I was in college that I developed a taste fo...

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Winter is not a season that most Midwestern people think of finding great tasting fresh fruit for sale. But actually winter is prime time for finding great citrus fruit available at your local market. Grapefruit is very commonly available, but most people don't give it a second thought, some even think it is boring and not exotic in the least. The thought of grapefruit conjures up an i...

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