It’s News to Me

NewstomegraphicEvery now and then I come across something in the gardening world that I haven’t seen, or thought of before. Here are just a few:

Freecycle Logo is like Craigslist. However, everything is given away for free. This non-profit site allows you to request, list, or “claim” all kinds of items. To participate, you do have to join the group, but membership is free. A sample search showed me a group of miscellaneous garden items including several posts, netting, a hose and tomato stakes not far from where I live. is part of the US Composting Council. There’s a ton of information for consumers about how to compost, or if you’re like me, and never quite get around to making compost, where to buy compost, and exactly how much.




Cucamelons are cucumber like fruit about the size of a grape and as you can see, look like baby watermelons. Aren’t they cute! They are said to be easy to grow and have a cucumber flavor with a bit of lemon or lime tartness.


We’ve all heard of baby spinach and baby romaine but now everyone is talking about Microgreens. Microgreens are seedings of vegetables grown from seed and harvested around 14 days from germination. Experts say that the microgreens have an even higher nutrition value that the mature plant. They are also beautiful, making for a great garnish to any salad or sandwich. I’m going to try growing them in my salad bowl this year.

Blue Honeywort

Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’ aka Blue Honeywort

Blue Honeywort
My last selection is an ornamental annual. I don’t think that this is a new plant, just new to me, and I find it particularly beautiful. It is said to be drought-tolerant and grows about one to three feet tall in full sun. It is native to the Mediterranean and readily self-seeds in warm climates.

How about you? Have you recently learned of some interesting plants or other gardening resources? Let us know.





About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. We have been using for years. It’s great. You meet a slew of nice people in addition to feeling like you’re doing something good for the planet.

  2. Thanks for the great ideas! I am going to start looking for cucamelons!

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