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Dahlias: Beautiful Addition to your Food Forest or Edible Landscape

This Giant Dahlia is my garden Show Stopper! Can't wait to collect more colors of these!

This Dahlia lights up our rooms.

Dahlias: Beautiful Addition to your Food Forest or Edible Landscape

Dahlias were brought to Europe from Mexico in the 16th Century, as an alternative to the potato. Their roots are closely related to Jerusalem artichokes and can be eaten either cooked or raw. Once you get up the gumption to eat them, they taste really familiar. They're like a cross between carrot, celery, and potatoes.

Dahlia flowers are used to enhance the flavor and visual appeal of foods from salads to desserts, from appetizer trays to wedding cakes and punches. The sharp, spicy tang of petals punches up the flavor of lettuces in a salad, and the whole flowers, whose substantial texture means they last well and whose wide range of colors lends itself to table decor, are often used to float in beverages and to decorate cakes.

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Plant Your Leftover Onions


The last scraggly green onions in the bag will grow into nice big sweet onions.
Tuck them into the garden and let them grow. 

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Dishwater Fertilizer


I bought a plastic tub at the dollar store and set it in my kitchen sink to do dishes in. I use a squirt of Dawn to wash dishes. I started dumping the dishwater into a garden bed off the kitchen porch. To my amazement my plants LOVE it. They went crazy on this dishwater. I grew greens all winter with it, now growing bamboo, dahlias, peppers,bananas, beans and tomatoes. Saving dishwater for the garden is also saving me $$$ that I don’t have to spend on fertilizer! Try it, it works! With two of them I can save rinse water,too.
note: make sure you don't add bleach to this water.

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