'Italian Honey' figs are slow growing, but worth the wait. They bear heavily twice a year on trees that top out around 15 feet high. Since the figs don’t require summer heat to develop their rich, sweet favors, they're fine for northern gardens. For bigger yields, plant another fig for pollination. Eat the figs fresh off the trees, or dry or preserve them. 'Italian Honey' is hardy in zones 7 to 10.
Native to Sicily, 'Peter’s Honey' figs are shiny and greenish-yellow when ripe, with a sweet, amber-colored flesh. Use them fresh, for eating out of hand. Although the trees are hardy in zones 6 to 10, gardeners in the maritime Northwest should plant 'Peter's Honey' in a warm spot with a southern exposure to ensure the figs ripen properly.
Sweet corn is difficult because you need to understand how corn is pollinated—by wind. This means that growing long rows of corn won’t give great yields. Planting in a patch or rectangle brings the best results. Some of the super sweet corn types can also cross-pollinate, so if you’re growing more than one type, do your homework. Two sweets often yield a field corn—starchy and tasty to cows, not people.
Choose plants for your meadow so that you’ll have interest in every season. For fall, native New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) bursts into floral fireworks in shades from deep-violet to lavender-pink. Stems can grow up to 6 feet high, adding towering height to a meadow. Flowers appear in autumn, providing a nectar source for migrating monarch butterflies. Hardy in Zones 3-8.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) helps neutralize the formic acid in bee venom (that’s what causes the stinging, burning sensation). Simply soak the stung body part in ACV, or soak a cloth with ACV and place it over the sting. Repeat every 15 minutes as necessary. With honey bee stings, remember to remove the stinger before applying ACV. Grab ACV for treating all kinds of bug bites beyond bee stings, as well as poison ivy rash. ACV helps relieve swelling and reduce itching thanks to potassium it contains.
A large soaking tub is the main attraction in this master bathroom, which is filled with natural light thanks to a skylight in the ceiling. Honey onyx is featured in the custom laser-cut floor as well as on the backsplash.