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Gardening with "Brother"

"Brother", aka Uncle Ernie, has been gardening "since I was old enough to thump melons".
Now in his 90's, he still can work longer and harder than most younger men.
He arises just before "can-see", and gardens and handy-man's all the way to "can't-see", with just a lunch break (and, as we've spyed, a couple of short cat-naps in his swing).

Click on this link if you're looking for a GREAT Garden and Orchard Pest and Disease Guide

His column is updated every day or thereabouts, so check back to see what's doing in his garden.

Brother Gardening circa 1935

A Glimpse of Jewelweed

I've been receiving some requests for pointing folks to a picture of jewelweed, which I recently touted as a wonderful cure for rashes and burns:

"Just a thought that popped in while reading your page. You had a suggestion about using a particular weed to relieve an insect sting. It would be helpful to make a link to a picture of the plant."
--GeorgeAnn C.
"In your latest page, you talked about using jewelweed to stop poison ivy. Any chance you might be able to send a photo of this plant? Or perhaps send a contact for some site that may be able to?"
--Andy M.
You bet.

But because Web sites sometimes seem to disappear unexpectedly, I thought I'd provide a couple of links, just in case one of them goes away.

These sites may also serve as a jumping-off point for additional research if you want to learn more about this amazing plant.

You'll find jewelweed photos here:

  • Jewelweed Pix #1

  • Wiseacre Gardens

  • Pull yourself up a shovel blade and sit yourself down for a visit with "Brother" and his "Wise" Sayings.

    If you're on the lookout for great gardening resources, check out

  • Square Foot Gardening, by Mel Bartholomew.

    Published by Rodale Press, this book offers very helpful information on garden basics such as soil preparation, planting techniques, and controlling weeds -- but it's much more than a general gardening manual.

    Square Foot Gardening will introduce you to a system of designing gardens that are easy to maintain, that conserve resources, and that produce abundantly in less space.

  • Gardens Alive!

  • Do you have some gardening knowledge to share or have a question for "Brother"?

    You can Write to Brother!

    Include your first initial and last name and put the word GARDEN in the subject.

    I'll try to use your contribution in a future column.

    (Please note that these columns are written several weeks in advance so publishing it will be delayed accordingly.)

    See y'all tomorrow and remember:
    Nowhere else in the world are we closer to the Creator than in the garden. Well, at least we're closer to His creation.


    Brother Resting

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