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This weekend! Meet the artists! Buy art for Mom this Mother’s Day!

Spring Sale & Open House this weekend!

The Sprinkler Factory
38 Harlow St., Worcester

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Find the perfect Mother’s Day Gift
right here in Worceste! Fire Works Studio will be opening their doors to the public for an Open House & Spring Sale.

Come chat with the artists and purchase unique pieces.

Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift among the mugs, bowls, potted plants … and various other artists who will be set up in the lobby!

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Pinch Pots by Wendy Popple
Available at the sale

This Weekend!

Friday, May 12

4 pm to 8p m

Saturday, May 13

10 am to 6 pm

My morning read …

Somewhere along the line I fell in love with the turning of a leaf…Rosalie T.

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Today, my kitchen:

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And learning more every day:

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pics: Rose T.

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You can get your fresh produce here! Thx, REC Farmers Markets and cool blue REC farmin’ van!

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Today!

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Forgot to show you these Unique Finds gems! Everything so reasonably priced at this vintage/antique shop!!

Unique Finds Antique and Vintage gift shop – 1329 Main St. – Worcester!

OPEN TODAY!

AND EVERY DAY!

UNTIL 7 p.m.!

Great super terrific prices! pics:R.T.

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Still looking for that special Beatles lover! Original 1960s Fab Four 45 holder! SPECIAL!

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And back at Rosalie’s inner-city shack…

Never discount/dismiss the good stuff you see on the street! IT’S FREE! Clean it up! Paint it up! Got the little white cabinet on the side of the road, and the nicest guy gave me 50 flower pots he had displayed on tables outside his house. Simplifying his space, he told me. Breathe freely… I took them! He – a real Woo gent – even helped me load the flower pots into my car trunk! I’ve just begun getting BUSY at this kitchen window!

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My Bapy’s hand mixer! On display by my kitchen window …LOVE. The guy with the flower pots gave me several gardening books! Bapy was called “Rose” – me too!

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Sabino, my Italian grandfather would say (in Italian)…

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… stake your tomato plant, Rosa!

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Time to get more plants and blooms …

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Rosalie’s kitchen window – right now! – crying out for more flowers …

Where to get ’em?

The REC’s PLANT SALE AND GARDEN FESTIVAL, of course!

Saturday, MAY 21!!

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At Main South’s YouthGrow Farm

63 Oread St.

Proceeds go to the inner-city kids and their gardening projects at the farm!

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Rose can’t wait! She’s playing her fave artist!

In the mean time … At the Crow Hill Conservation area …Friday, April 29

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Be there!

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So pretty!!!

pics:R.T.

Gardening inside? You bet!

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FLOWER POWER!! (pic: Chef Joey)

By Edith Morgan
 
It’s a miracle: almost everything – seeds, beans, pits, pieces of fruit and vegetables – will grow with just a little bit of encouragement and some life-sustaining help. Got water? Got a little space? Got a little time? Got a little imagination? Then you have the potential for an indoor garden.

Don’t have a lot of money? Can’t go out for seeds or plants just now? No problem! Let’s take a little tour of the “possibilities” we have right now at home.

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Edith’s got some goodies growing by her kitchen stove!

I find that if I keep onions or potatoes for a while in their mesh sacks, often they will start to grow. Potatoes will send out shoots from their “eyes,” and onions will send out green spikes and develop white roots below. Just about any vegetable will try to come to life, unless it has been “treated” or waxed. I have even planted the sprouts of fresh ginger. Of course, not everything you plant will grow, but since these little experiments cost nothing, since we usually pare away these outcroppings, it does not hurt to try to see what will persevere. So, enjoy and experiment with whatever you can find.
 
Maybe you do not have a bag of potting soil handy. Have you heard of “hydroponics”? It is simply the science or art of growing things in water. For Valentine’s Day my daughter gave me a glass jar with tulip bulbs in water, that had been forced and were in full bloom, with only water at their roots. This jar, of course, was fancy, but I am certain that any of you, dear readers, have some kind of glass jar that could be used to grow some bulbs. Your only expense would be for the bulb – unless you try it with onions, scallions or whatever other bulb vegetables you use.

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Edith’s Water Babies!

If you like fresh herbs with your meals, you can buy live plants at your grocery store – I just brought home parsley and cilantro and will be cutting sprigs of each for use in meals. Remember, that the more you cut, the more they grow. With spring here there are more such plants on the grocery store shelves! If you feel flush and adventurous, you can go to one of our area nurseries and pick up lots of potted herbs and put them in a planter in a sunny window. 

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Daffies – first in springtime! (pics: Chef Joey)

If you want flowers, try some seeds now: I soak them in warm water, then plant them. You do have to be patient; while many germinate in three weeks, some take longer. At our house, every time we eat an avocado, we save that huge pit! Great patience is needed with avocado pits, as they can take up to six months to send out a root shoot, but once they do they really take off. They are fun to watch grow, as the single stem gets quite tall quite fast. And if you are serious about growing them, you will have to transplant them into a larger pot eventually.

Don’t be afraid to plant several different kinds of seed or pits in the same pot! Unlike we humans, plants get along pretty well. I usually plant garlic cloves with various vegetables, and I love marigolds, as they discourage a number of rodents with their pungent “fragrance.”
 
Don’t be discouraged if not everything grows. Remember that Mother Nature is very profligate: How many thousands, or even millions!, of seeds never get to propagate, so that just one or two make it? How many seedlings drop from my maple tree and my Chinese Lilac that never become trees – or even saplings. I sweep them up every fall by the thousands.

And (thankfully!) how many times as a child have you blown the volatile seeds from a dandelion, watched them float through the air, while the neighbors hope they do not take root in their lawn?! Now maybe we will think of the lowly dandelion as having leaves that are tasty in salads and blossoms that can be made into wine …

So, grow, eat … enjoy!