Joanie Lapic has been gardening in Pennsylvania for about 45 years, at first alongside her Daddy in his vegetable patches, and the past 20 years or so as an intent Herb grower and studier. Master Herbalist, owner of Everlasting Gardener in New Brighton,  Herb grower and teacher, lecturer, therapeutic horticulture teacher,  developer of Pocket Therapy aromatherapy products.


Embrace Your Garden’s Potential
by Joanie Lapic - posted 02/14/15

 Zelienople, PA
For more information, click anything above, to open link
A one day educational workshop benefitting the Therapeutic Programs
at Glade Run Adventures
Meet Joanie Lapic, author of this blog
Meet & hear KDKA's Doug Oster
Presentations. demonstrations
Garden-related vendors
Herb and plant sales
Spring blooming bulb pots sales 
Contact Glade Run Lutheran Services for ticket information:
724.452.4453, ext. 1277

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by Joanie Lapic - posted 01/12/15

Savory, Satureja montana, is one of the oldest culinary Herbs, known for its aromatic, Thyme-like flavor.
It was used liberally 
as food flavoring by the Romans, and it was they who introduced it to Europe. There Savory was most importantly employed as a disinfectant strewing Herb. From Europe, the early settlers brought it to North America.
Savory is valuable in the garden. It provides nectar for bees. It can be used to make a low-growing hedge or edging in the garden, due to its 16" growing height and shapely growing habit. Its leaves are bruised and rubbed on the skin to relieve the pain of wasp and other insect stings.

Savory is a hardy Herb in Pennsylvania. It grows well in full sun, in neutral to alkaline, loamy, well-drained soil. The leaves are dark green, shiny and lance-shaped, about 1 to 1 1/4 inches long. The flowers are light pink to mauve, blooming in summer. One of the nicest things about Savory is that it will grow indoors over winter, in a cool, sunny window. 
Harvest and dry leaves for culinary or health uses just before blooming. Leaves can be used to make a delicious Herbal vinegar, and used to marinate meats, add to stews and salad dressings. It enhances recipes with beans, meats, sausages and stuffings. It is an ingredient in Herbes de Provence.
Savory's health-giving qualities
Seeds of Satureja montana can be purchased from Richters . They are best sown in late Spring or early Autumn and are easy to germinate and grow. Or propagate by stem cuttings in summer. There is an interesting lemon-scented cultivar called Winter Lemon Savory, Satureja montana citriodora.
Delicious recipe using Savory - Savory and Feta Cheese Pie



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Pumpkin Chili
by Joanie Lapic - posted 11/01/14

Great dish for game day, tail-gating or hearty meal at home. 
Serve with fresh-baked bread or your favorite crackers.
Flavored with fragrant, delicious herbs - onions, spices, peppers, etc.


3 # ground beef OR turkey
2-3 med. onions, chopped
2 16 oz. cans spicy chili beans, undrained
2 12 oz. bottles chili sauce
2 cans condensed tomato soup, undiluted
1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
           + one 14 oz. canful of water
1 ½ to 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spices
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
about 12 oz. frozen corn kernels

Fry beef or turkey until browned. Saute onions with the meat.
Drain, if necessary.
Add all remaining ingredients, bring to the boil, reduce heat
and simmer at least 1 hour. Stir often to prevent sticking.

Another delicious fall dish - Baked Butternut Squash with Bay

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