Jeroen Talks About Aloysia citriodora And Cynara cardunculus
Eric would like to know about some of the PLANTS that Jeroen finds particularly interesting. First would be Aloysia citriodora. It's a very interesting plant, the smell of this flower is like lemon. They produce very small, white flowers from June through August. A very important use of this plant is that you can use the leaves of the plant to make tea. Interesting. What are some of the other plants that throughout the course of the year are exciting? Cynara cardunculus is a very important plant in this garden. It is from the sunflower family and one can eat the stems of the plant. They have a similar taste as an artichoke but it's a little bit bitter. There's a trick to make the stems of the cardunculus sweeter. In early spring you put a terra cotta pot over the plant. Since it's dark under the terra cotta pot you get bleached stems and they taste sweeter. So it's like white asparagus. Although tasty it can be a somewhat invasive plant, so keep that in mind.
It's Fall, which often means clean up time in our yards and gardens. And that can often increase our exposure to poison ivy and poison oak. How do we best identify these culprits? Here is an informative article about identifying and reducing the exposure and misery from poison ivy and poison oak.
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