Wonderful article written by Karen Chapman on Great Garden Combo: A Fall Landscape Scene That Lasts. Karen beautifully covers the steps and details necessary for anyone to create beautiful garden vignettes. She also has a new book titled Fine Foliage with Christina Salwitz. The layout of the book is beautiful. Though the book offers a designer's perspective on using foliage color, shape and texture to create beautiful planting combinations, the ideas are presented in a very user-friendly way. On one side of a page spread, you have a bit of inspiration that is beautifully photographed. On...Read More
"So often time it happens, we all live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key." ~ The Eagles, "Already Gone"
Review: Learn How to Make Herbal Remedies Online
I have been interested in and learning about herbal remedies for the past 30 years. While in the past my learning has come reading countless books and attending workshops and classes, a few years ago an online resource that is excellent, for adults a...
How to Grow and Maintain an Organic Blackberry Patch
Each Blackberry plant can produce 10 to 20 pounds of fruit, so four to six plants can easily produce ample berries for a family of four.You might choose to plant more if you like to can or freeze crops from your garden. Another option for some is ...
Resources for Becoming More Self-Sustainable
With the way things have been going it's difficult to know whether we will be forced into becoming more self-sustainable or if we will form regional groups on our own and just instinctively begin taking matters into our own hands. In either event I s...
What it should mean to build it green.
"Building Green" is a two word phrase that has two parts to its\' definition. It means to design and build a structure in such a way that the actual construction has minimal impact on the environment including the processing of the construction mate...
"At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities." ~ Jean Houston
Resources for Becoming More Self-Sustainable
With the way things have been going it's difficult to know whether we will be forced into becoming more self-sustainable...
Can Pregnant Women and Nursing Mom’s Eat Fish? Yes!
Few subjects elicit more emotion than the safety of food eaten by pregnant or nursing women and its impacts—good or bad—...
Does Cooking Harm Beneficial Omega-3s & 6s in Fish
Populations around the world that eat fish regularly live longer and have less chronic disease than populations that do ...
30 Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) essential oil is one of the most versatile essential oil to have on hand. Therapeu...
FDA Says GM Salmon, Trout, Tilapia Safe for Human Consumption
The FDA has been considering approval of a genetically engineered (GE) salmon (and soon other popularly eaten fish to fo...
8 Top Delicious Heart Healthy Foods
I just read an article on 8 top heart healthy foods at ScienceDaily. You may also find like I have that everything on th...
National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Scotts: Disappointing and Disturbing News
This past week I became aware of some shocking news: both the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Scotts Miracle-Gro ...
Buying Salmon: Differences Between Wild vs. Farmed
Most salmon and seafood consumed in the United States is imported, and much of it is farm-raised, with little oversight ...
"My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view." ~ H. Fred Ale
Herb Profile: Blackberry Leaf
Herb-Crusted Grilled Wild Salmon
Pasta/Bean Soup with Smoked Sablefish (or Salmon) Recipe
Happy 4th of July, have a beautiful and safe day with family and friends! The Complete Guide to July 4th Fireworks infographicRead More
Most people do not realize that there were no honey bees in America before the European settlers brought hives from Europe. Native pollinators, especially bees other than honey bees, have been pollinating the continent’s flowering plants since long before the arrival of honey bees. Even in today’s vastly altered landscapes, they continue to do the yeomen’s share of pollination, especially when it comes to native plants. Here are excerpts from one of the best resources I've found online regarding native bees from the USDA Forest Service and Pollinator Partnership (I highly recommend printi...Read More
"The flute and its music are indigenous to this land, it comes from being here." ~ Ken Light This gorgeous Rosewood Flute is handmade by Brent Haines of Woodsounds September 2006, Seattle, WA. - the first Flute Festival I attended. The weather was picture perfect for the first 2-day long Flute Festival. I arrived early so as to not miss a second. The grounds slowly filled as the day progressed. I spent the afternoon in a workshop, a beginner's flute class, with the very lively and animated Clint Goss. As the afternoon drew to an end and above our beginner's tones, I could hear through the...Read More
I have been interested in and learning about herbal remedies for the past 30 years. While in the past my learning has come reading countless books and attending workshops and classes, a few years ago an online resource that is excellent, for adults and kids! Maybe you've heard of them, Learning Herbs. John and Kimberly Gallagher have created the only herbal online resource of its kind. There is a strong focus on both kids and adults learning how to identify herbs in your own backyard and surrounding areas, what they're good for, how to process and harvest herbs, and ways herbs are used (in ...Read More
Last Friday my first set of deWit forged garden tools arrived: a trowel, a 3-tine cultivator, and a handfork. It takes a lot to impress me when it comes to things and I am delighted to say that not only have these tools done just that but I will not give any think to purchasing anything lesser quality. Even though deWit was established in 1898 in Holland, I only learned about this 5th generation company recently. No part of these tools comes from China and they all have a lifetime guarantee! After eagerly opening the package I couldn't wait to lift one out of the box and run my hands ove...Read More
Your toilet paper, do you prefer it to go 'under' or 'over'? Which is best? That depends on your thinking, preference and how many little tinkering paws you have in your house. Here are some ways of looking at the eternal question and their advantages and disadvantages... Over or Under: The Great Toilet Paper Debate infographic by bobbybernethy.Read More
Blackberry Leaf Profile Also known as: Rubus fruticosus, Black Berry, Bramble, Dewberry, Goutberry, Rubi Fruticosi Folium, Rubi Fruticosi Radix, Rubus affinis, Rubus plicatus, Thimbleberry. Blackberries are sweet darkly colored fruits that grow on bushy vines in small clusters known as drupelets. In Britain, the same plant is usually called bramble, because of its prickly thorns. The plant is also known as cloudberry (in northern Europe) and dewberry (in the American South). Blackberry brambles can become quite invasive if left to their own devices. Many earth based and Wiccan religions...Read More
Each Blackberry plant can produce 10 to 20 pounds of fruit, so four to six plants can easily produce ample berries for a family of four.You might choose to plant more if you like to can or freeze crops from your garden. Another option for some is to plant a large enough Blackberry patch to share or trade their harvest with friends, family and neighbors. Having a neighborhood where community members trade various garden harvests is a popular and excellent way to eat locally, eat fresher and 'in-season' foods, and help form closer bonds with those who are nearby. Blackberries are vigorous ...Read More
It seems as time progresses that an ever increasing number of people are starting to stand up and say "I want to live in a real community!" However, what defines community is somewhat elusive and can be highly variable. The definition of community depends upon the individual, family, or even a group of people. For some it is just reaching out to and interacting more with their neighbors while others are leaving the cities and joining like minded people to start a whole new village - eschewing what they consider the oppressiveness, the high crime rates to find or build something better. They...Read More