Do you want to create a garden that is super-easy to maintain, requires few resources, attracts and supports native pollinators and wildlife, and offers a natural landscape that works with nature instead of against nature? A landscape that requires little effort?
It's cherry season - what a great excuse to avoid housework and garden chores. If you are looking for a new kind of summer drink, then shrubs are it. Learn about shrubs and try the Cherry Balsamic Shrub from one of my favorite books, Wild Drinks and Cocktails by Emily Han.
Dyeing with plants was the norm for thousands of years until synthetic dyes were developed in the 19th century. The tradition is experiencing a renewed interest and one of the easiest ways to learn is dyeing with onion skins.
An overview of the many ways Elder, humans and wildlife co-exist. Elder offers food, plant medicine, fiber dye and a rich folkloric history of superstition and storytelling. Recipes for easy-to-make winter medicine are included.
Nature is full of late bloomers: flowers that bloom in the late summer & autumn, plants that bloom only once after decades of living and humans who find their creative path and purpose later rather than earlier in their lives. This interview/photo essay offers a glimpse into two examples.
Gardens, farmers markets and grocery stores are filled with the abundance of the summer growing season. This recipe is easy, delicious and time saving. A great way to get more vegetables into your daily meals and into your freezer for winter use.
This op-ed essay was first published in one of my favorite news magazines, High Country News. It resonated with me personally but its message is an important one: we care about the things we know and we name the things we know.
The easiest remedy to make will likely be the most appreciated when you wake one morning with a sore, scratchy throat, a typical symptom of an infection. Herb-infused honeys can also be used in the kitchen and to soothe and heal burns and wounds.
Probably the most colorful genera of the pea family in the Pacific Northwest, lupines serve multiple ecological functions: they offer protein-rich food for a variety of animals and as a legume, lupines are nitrogen fixers, improving the health of the soil. Called Wolf Flower for several confusing and differing reasons, the lupine is a lovely plant that blooms in the spring and summer.
It's the end of rhubarb season and I wanted to something besides the annual rhubarb pie. These recipes are great and don't require a lot of rhubarb. But remember to leave some stalks with leaves on the plant to help feed it for the rest of the summer.
My way of record keeping and sharing with you! What happens to old seeds, dealing with Mother Nature, catching up on garden chores and mostly just patting myself (and my worker bee interns) on the back.
Chives offer the subtle flavor of onion or garlic to simple dishes like scrambled eggs and salads. But let's be honest - what would a baked potato be without chives on top? You'll find two recipes in this post: chive butter chips and chive blossom vinegar. Enjoy
A guest post from my friend, Emily Peterson, who had the opportunity to travel to Madagascar to learn and work with the farmers who grow vanilla, cacao, vetiver and ylang ylang. Emily's wonderful post and photos offers a glimpse into the farmers' lives, their communities and their crops.
A wonderful post from a guest contributor: One of the many hats that Dan Richardson wears is VP of Suksdorfia Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society. I serve as the newsletter editor for our local chapter and Dan recently submitted this lovely article for a recent edition. I was thrilled when he agreed to let me post it here. Lots of good information including 3 simple steps for gardeners and homeowners to do. He also included a list of resources. Enjoy!
Hummus is not only yummy but nutritionally loaded with protein, Vitamins B6 & C, folate and potassium. Homemade hummus is easy and inexpensive but often is grainy. I reveal the secret to making a silky, smooth hummus. And in my search for perfection, I discovered a few fascinating facts about chickpeas.
This is the best introductory book on herbal medicine that I have read in my three decades of study. Easy to read, based on the latest research, incredible photography and most importantly, It offers delicious ways to incorporate healing herbs into your daily life. Check out my review and a recipe for Spiced Carrot Cake.
This is a guest post from my friend and fellow gardener and herbalist, Victoria Polmatier. She eloquently expresses the emotions we go through when we say goodbye to friends. For gardeners and herbalists, our family of friends includes the plants we lovingly tend to in our gardens. In this heartfelt essay, Victoria describes perfectly the soulful workings of a gardener.