Black Locust

The black locust tree is one of North Americas’ treasures. Native to the Southeast, few trees can rival it for its usefulness yet in modern decades it appears to have fallen into obscurity. Our colonial predecessors grew black locust trees for both ornamental and...

Hip Hep Haw Hurray!

Hip Hep Haw Hurray!  Roses Roses are a woody, perennial flowering plant from the genus Rosa. They can be erect shrubs, climbers, or trailing—all with stems that are armed with prickles (thorns are an incorrect term because thorns are modified branches—prickles are...
Localvore: Peas

Localvore: Peas

Localvore: Pea     “I eat my peas with honey. I’ve done it all my life. It makes the peas taste funny, but it sticks them to my knife.” —Anonymous  Pisum sativum (both sweet peas with inedible pods, and snow peas—flat pods with small peas inside) is one of...
Pomological Conundrum

Pomological Conundrum

Pomological Conundrum   The Apple “The goldenrod is yellow. The corn is turning brown. The trees in apple orchards with fruit are bending down.”— Helen Hunt Jackson   Known as the king of all fruits, the apple is found in every farmstand at  this time of the year...