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  • Pollinator Gardening Class Online Live

    May 18, 2020

    Join Robin for her pollinator gardening class online live on May 29th.
    It’s vegetable gardening season, and that means you need pollinators to ensure an abundant harvest. Robin’s been succesfully cultivating gardens for pollinators and growing bumper crop food gardens for decades. This is your chance to get her best tips for this season and for years to come.

    You don’t need to be a food gardener to enjoy this program. It’s geared for all ages and all kinds of gardeners. Together, let’s learn all about pollinators and the gardens they love!

    Plus, you’ll get exclusive live access to ask Robin your gardening questions & a bonus takeaway materials!

    Ticketing for this program is now closed.

    Bumblebee on blueberry flower
    On Friday, May 29, 2020 starting at 6pm PDT, Robin will greet everyone in a Zoom meeting space before introducing you to the wonderful world of pollinators. We’ll learn about a variety of pollinator fauna and the flora they love. We’ll discuss gardening techniques to cultivate spaces specifically for pollinators. And guess what? Many of these methods will make your gardening tasks easier than ever. And, if your fruit and vegetable gardens aren’t producing well, you need this program for luring in beneficial insects and others.  Plus, gardening for pollinators means your garden will be more beautiful all year long!

    After we complete Robin’s 1-hour seminar, everyone is welcome to join Robin for an interactive discussion of pollinators, gardening, growing food and more.

    Plus, Robin has crafted a helpful supplemental handout for attendees to help you continue to grow for pollinators for years to come!

    Bring your whole family, from grandma to grandkids!

    Pick up your ticket now. 
    Tickets will only be available until 2pm PDT on the day of the event.


    Curious about our other programs?
    Check out our complete line up here.

  • Paris Garden Tour Live Event

    May 06, 2020

    Join Robin for a Paris garden tour this May!
    Yes, you can take your Paris dream vacation while you stay home and stay safe during the Covid-19 quarantine time. And you don’t need to be a gardener to enjoy this trip.

    We’re thrilled to offer this inexpensive & immersive way for you to visit Paris gardens live with a tour guide from the comfort of home!

    (This program aired on Friday, May 15, 2020.
    If you would like to be notified about future dates, please subscribe today.
    If you would like to request a private program, please get in touch to discuss details.

    Tickets are now available for our May 29th live program:
    Primo Plantings for Potent Pollinators

    Louvre from Tuileries
    On Friday, May 15, 2020 starting at 6pm PDT, Robin will greet everyone in a Zoom meeting space before taking you on an incredible journey through the space and time of Paris gardens. Following this 1-hour tour, everyone is welcome to join Robin for a post-vacation chat to discuss all things Paris, gardening and to answer as many follow up questions as she can.

    Plus, subscribers to this live Paris garden tour will receive a supplemental interactive handout to augment your experience and assist you as you continue to explore gardens of Paris and plan for an in-person trip when we’re able to safely hop on a plane to tour Paris gardens on foot.

    This experience isn’t just for gardeners!  History buffs, foodies, art lovers, seasoned travelers, and all ages will have a blast on this journey through the gardens, arrondissements, and history of Paris.

    This is just the first in a series of live gardening presentations Garden Mentors will be offering in the weeks and months ahead.

    Don’t miss your chance at this whirlwind trip to Paris gardens in May, despite Covid-19 quarantine measures!

  • Rose Hip Syrup Recipe

    March 30, 2020
    Making our wild rose syrup is a multi-step process worth every bit of effort. The syrup is delicious, soothing and rich in nutrients like vitamin-C. We love to get out in nature to harvest our own hips from summer through fall, but buying hips still makes for a delicious syrup. Just be sure to purchase food-grade, not decorative, rose hips.

    Rose Hips

    Luscious hand-harvested wild rose hips for syrup

    If you use hips you harvest on your own, select only wild hips growing in places where road run-off, spraying and other nastiness won’t contaminate your crop. Pick when the hips are deep red and slightly soft. Ideally, pick them after a first frost. But, some varieties of rose hip will go bad by the time a frost comes. So, for instance, we harvest wild Rosa rugosa, a non-native species with enormous, sweet fruits, in late summer. That’s when they’re at their peak! Later in autumn, we gather Nootka rose hips from our property. If they’re ripe but we haven’t had a frost, freezing them before processing them, brings out an extra bit of deliciousness.

    Also, if you’re working with whole rose hips (purchased or self-picked), be sure to fully strain out all of the tiny hairs. These can cause serious internal aggravation and must be removed. It is labor intensive to remove the seeds and hairs from fresh fruits, but we find it worthwhile to do this before drying most of our wild harvest. Most of these hips we use as “chips” in teas. We freeze whole hips for recipes like the syrup that follows. Then, we carefully strain the solids through a cloth jelly bag or paper coffee filter to capture and compost the hairs.

    Need supplies? These will get you started!



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    Wild Rose Hip Syrup Recipe Print Print

    Ingredients:

    • 1 lb fresh or frozen & defrosted, clean wild rose hips (or 1 oz dried rose hips)
    • 6 cups water
    • Juice of 1-2 lemons, fresh
    • Raw honey (about 12 oz)

    Bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Pour over rose hips. Return to a boil, covered. Remove from heat and allow to steep, covered for 30-45 minutes.

    Wet a basket coffee filter. Place in a mesh strainer over a large bowl. (Or prepare a jelly bag strainer over a bowl.)

    Pour the steeped rose hips into your coffee filter or jelly bag strainer. Allow to drain. Set liquid aside. Do NOT discard hips.

    Bring another 3 cups of water to a boil. Pour over the same rose hips. Return to a boil, covered. Remove from heat and allow to steep, covered for 30-45 minutes. (Yep, again. This isn’t a typo!)

    Wet a basket coffee filter. Place in a mesh strainer over a large bowl. (Or prepare a jelly bag strainer over a bowl.)

    Pour the steeped rose hips into your coffee filter or jelly bag strainer. Allow to drain.

    Discard the rose solids.

    Combine the liquid from both times you steeped the rose hips into a sauce pan. (You may wish to run this through another wet coffee filter strainer if you think there’s any chance any of those nasty rose hip hairs are in your rose hip liquid.)

    Measure the approximate volume of liquid. Bring to a simmer, not a boil, and allow to simmer and steam until the volume is reduced by about half.

    Remove from heat and allow to cool until just barely warm. (Cooling it to below 110F is ideal so your honey doesn’t degrade and lose its great properties.) Measure how many cups of rose hip water decoction you have. Then add 4 oz honey for every cup of rose hip “water”.

    (You’ll probably have about 3 cups of rose hip water, which means add about 12 oz honey.)

    Stir in strained fresh lemon juice to taste.

    Bottle and place in fridge. Ours keeps about 1-3 months refrigerated, but every fridge and kitchen is different.

    ^<b>Medical Disclaimer: </b>The information on our sites, seminars, in any supplementary information, &amp; social media outlets is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through these materials are for general information purposes only. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on our site, through our seminars or via any related media, outlets or materials. Statements regarding herbs &amp; products offered here have not been evaluated by the FDA. Herbal products sold, recipes offered &amp; plants reviewed or sold by Garden Mentors are not intended to treat, prevent or cure disease. Please do your own research about each herb’s properties &amp; constituents before using them. Garden Mentors is not responsible for individual use of these products or recipes.

     

     

  • Calm the Eff Down Herbal Tea

    March 24, 2020
    In this time of Covid-19 pandemic anxiety, sleep is even more important. But, letting go of all that stress to actually sleep and sleep well can be difficult. We’re stuck at home, sometimes locked indoors. Our social outlets are totally disrupted. We may be alone. We may have lost our life savings, our jobs, loved ones. The disruptions just keep coming. Mixed messages and rumors are unending. Even touching salad greens might be stressing us out. A cup of calm tea might be your ticket to snooze.

    Calm Tea

    Simply sipping tea can help us chill out. Sipping this tea might just help you Calm the Eff Down when you need it most.

    Mother Earth offers many herbs that can serve us well at times like this. Some are gentle and safe. Others can be incredibly powerful and potentially dangerous. And, every person’s relationship with each herb may vary from another person’s reaction to it. So, always do your research before you use any herb for any purpose, at any time and for any duration. ^Also, read this.

    Now that we’ve been clear about plant medicine power and your responsibility to know yourself and your herbs before you use them, following is one of our favorite simple herbal tea recipes. It helps us calm down, fall asleep, and when we’re lucky, we even get a full night’s rest before awakening refreshed to face the on-going, evolving challenges to humanity.

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    Calm the Eff Down Herbal TeaPrint Print
    Makes about 4 cups or one small pot of tea

    Ingredients:

    • 2-3 T lemon balm, dried (if using fresh, use about 1/3 cup chopped)
    • 1 t schisandra berries, dried (if using fresh, use about 1 T)
    • 1 t oat straw, dried
    • 1/2 t dried linden flower (if using fresh, use about 1 T)
    • 1 T lemon verbena, dried (optional)

    Combine herbs in a tea diffuser. Place in a 4-cup teapot. Pour hot (not boiling) water over the herbs. Cover. Steep about 10-15 minutes.

    Pour a cup. Inhale the sweet, delicious fragrance. Sip.  And Calm the Eff Down!


    If you’d like to try ordering from an online apothecary, to have your herbs shipped or to schedule a pre-paid pickup, Dandelion Botanicals in Seattle, WA may have supplies of these herbs available for purchase in smaller quantities.


    ^Medical Disclaimer: The information on our sites, seminars, in any supplementary information, & social media outlets is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through these materials are for general information purposes only. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on our site, through our seminars or via any related media, outlets or materials. Statements regarding herbs & products offered here have not been evaluated by the FDA. Herbal products sold, recipes offered & plants reviewed or sold by Garden Mentors are not intended to treat, prevent or cure disease. Please do your own research about each herb’s properties & constituents before using them. Garden Mentors is not responsible for individual use of these products or recipes.

  • Covid-19 Garden Services Available

    While we are all staying home and isolated during the the Covid-19 pandemic, gardening is a great way to get outside, exercise and keep as healthy as we can. And Garden Mentors is here with modified “Covid-19 Gardening Services” and other offerings to help you, even from afar.

    Here’s what we’re offering and booking right now:

    Video chat garden walk through consultations: Using one of many live-stream video chat platforms now available, we will walk through your garden with you to assess the situation, make suggestions, identify plant material and help you build a “to-do” gardening program. We’ll look at what you can do right now without having to leave home and help you start planning for larger projects when we’re able to visit nurseries and other garden suppliers following this health crisis. Video chats are booked in 1-hour increments with a 1-hour minimum via FaceTime, Skype, Zoom or other programs. Contact us to schedule your garden walk-thru consult now.

    Email Consultations: If video chat isn’t your thing or connectivity is an issue where you live, we also offer email consultations. For these programs, we will set up locations for you to share images of your garden and lists of questions, challenges and desires. Once we receive your information, we will review your information and requests and reply with detailed information and suggestions. Email consultations are booked in 30-minute increments with 30-minute minimums and a one-time, 30-minute project set up charge. Contact us to set up your consult now.

    Plant supplies: We are currently exploring options that may allow us to schedule edible and medicinal live plant deliveries to your home. If you are interested in discussing orders, we welcome your inquiries.

    Herbal Product SalesOur herbal product shop will remain open as long as shippers are available to pick up and deliver your orders. We are doing our very best to schedule your orders for delivery as quickly as possible during this challenging time.  Find our herbal product shop here.

    Amazon Affiliate Sales: Our Amazon Affiliate curated store and other links remain open. We truly appreciate your support when you pass through our portal to pick up gardening supplies and anything else you might choose to offer. Passing through our Amazon Affiliate door doesn’t cost you anything more, and each you time you make a purchase we receive a small bounty.

    Renee’s Garden Seeds Affiliate Sales: We know many of you are building your vegetable gardens for groceries right in your front yard. If you’re ordering seeds, we appreciate it when you choose to pass through our Renee’s Garden Seed Affiliate link. When you pass through our doorway, all of your seed purchases provide us a small bounty and cost you nothing extra. Right now, every penny counts, so thank you!

    Freebies from Us: Our blog is still loaded with lots of valuable gardening information, and it is 100% free and open all day long. Also, Robin is offering gardening information and virtual nature walks live on Instagram daily at 2pm PDT. These live programs and an herbal maker DIY series are also available on demand on IGTV anytime. And, we’ll be getting more newsletters out as soon as we can to subscribers. These are all free services open to everyone!

    Subscribe here.

    Join us on Instagram & IGTV here.

    Have a request for another kind of offering from us? Please let us know. We’re happy to discuss new ideas to help you continue to grow.

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