Gardening, Landscaping & Tools

  • Bloodroot in the Garden and Where to Purchase | Sacred Habitats

    It’s Time To Plant: Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis

    Our beloved, early spring blooming, native wildflower Sanguinaria canadensis “Bloodroot” is now upon the perfect time of year for planting. Bloodroot gets its name from when a break in the surface of the plant, especially the roots, reveals a reddish, blood-like sap. Bloodroot was once used as a dye and as an herbal remedy by […] Read more…

  • Great Garden Combo: A Fall Landscape Scene That Lasts | Sacred Habitats

    Span the seasons with trees, shrubs and grasses that offer color and texture in abundance

    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 […] Read more…

  • Bee Basics: an Intro to Our Native Bees | Sacred Habitats

    Bees: an Introduction to Native Bees in the Landscape

    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, our native bees continue to […] Read more…

  • Tool Review: In Love With deWit Garden Tools | Sacred Habitats

    Tool Review: In Love With deWit Garden Tools

    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 […] Read more…

Cooking & Recipes

  • 24 (more) of the BEST Watermelon Recipes | Sacred habitats

    24 BEST Watermelon Recipes [part 2]

    Watermelon Chia Seed Breakfast Muffins Chia seeds date back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. “Chia” means strength, and folklore has it that these ancient cultures considered chia seeds to be an energy booster. Combine these little powerhouses with the wealth of nutrients and antioxidants in watermelon and you have one mighty dose of nutrients in […] Read more…

  • Zucchini Pancakes with Zucchini Blossoms & Basil Recipe | Sacred Habitats

    Zucchini Pancakes with Blossoms and Basil Recipe

    I love this beautiful and yummy pancake recipe for zucchini, it uses both the squash and its flower! It’s a Korean-style pancake, not your typical breakfast pancake nor a crepe – these are a bit denser with a mild batter, perfect for your abundant zucchini, blossoms and basil. These simple, easy-to-make pancakes make a delicious […] Read more…

  • 24 Watermelon Recipes | Sacred Habitats

    24 Delicious and Refreshing Watermelon Recipes [part 1]

    With the abundance of watermelon it’s nice to have at hand a couple dozen watermelon recipes to break-up the yummy but boring wedges. Here is my list containing some of the best watermelon recipes I’ve found to date. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think and if you have your own […] Read more…

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    Cherry-Balsamic Wild Halibut Recipe

    This recipe is from Vital Choice Seafood, the only place we get fresh seafood. In this recipe, Halibut or Cod can be used. We personally prefer Alaskan Halibut because it has a delicate, melt-in-your-mouth tender texture and has a mildly sweet flavor. One thing we enjoy most is the lack of fishy smell and taste […] Read more…

How To & Living Simply

  • The Ultimate Chicken Coop Checklist [infographic] | Sacred Habitats

    The Ultimate Chicken Coop Checklist [Infographic]: 46 Tips

    First-time essentials checklist with 46 tips for building and maintaining a happy home for your urban or suburban chickens. But before you buy the chickens, the coop, and all the accessories that come with owning a backyard flock, consider whether your city even allows them first and if you have enough good space in your […] Read more…

  • How To Hold and Determine a Quality Breeding Chicken for Your Flock | Sacred Habitats

    How To Handle & Determine a Quality Breeding Chicken

    Wonderful video here with Jeannette Beranger from The Livestock Conservancy, she teaches Farmer George how to breed a better chicken and build a stronger flock. A perfect how-to for beginning backyard farmers or the seasoned pro. Watch as they cover how to hold a chicken so it feels comfy and safe, and factors to look […] Read more…

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    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 materials, the movement of the materials and the physical impact it has […] Read more…

  • Dandelion

    How To Make Dandelion Root Powder

    Proper preparation of your dandelion root for wellness is as important as when it is harvested. George Cairns articulates below how this is done properly. I highly recommend following his instructions right down to every last detail. Cairns, near death from cancer, was told by his doctor that he had 6 months to live. Over […] Read more…

Herbs & Aromatherapy

  • The Differences Between: an Herbal Infusion, an Herbal Oil, and an Essential Oil | Sacred Habitats

    Differences Between Making Herbal Infusions, Essential Oils, and Herbal Oils

    You have probably seen, like I have, many online recipes, video’s and articles for making your own essential oils simply by putting the plant material into a mason jar and then topping it off with olive oil (or another menstrum) and letting it sit for awhile. They say that this is “how you can make […] Read more…

  • Blackberry-Plant

    Herb Profile: Blackberry Leaf

    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. […] Read more…

  • History-of-Medicine

    A (Really) Short History of Medicine

    A short history of medicine… Patient: “I have an ear ache.” Physician: 2000 B.C. – Here, eat this root. 1000 A.D. – That root is heathen, say this prayer. 1850 A.D. – That prayer is superstition, drink this potion. 1940 A.D. – That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill. 1985 A.D. – That pill […] Read more…

  • Dandelion

    How To Make Dandelion Root Powder

    Proper preparation of your dandelion root for wellness is as important as when it is harvested. George Cairns articulates below how this is done properly. I highly recommend following his instructions right down to every last detail. Cairns, near death from cancer, was told by his doctor that he had 6 months to live. Over […] Read more…

Thoughts & Inspiration

  • In Loving Memory of One of the Worlds Most Inspirational Men, Dr. Wayne Dyer | Sacred Habitats

    In Loving Memory, Dr. Wayne Dyer

    If you have met Wayne in person at an airport, at a hotel or in Maui he probably gave you a copy of his movie The Shift. Wayne loved this film and wanted as many people as possible to see it and get the benefits of learning to go from Ambition to Meaning in their […] Read more…

  • Climate Change, Buying Local, Planes, 18 Wheelers and Diesel Trains | Sacred Habitats

    Climate Change, Buying Local, Planes, 18 Wheelers and Diesel Trains

    I was just listening to the radio, one of those talk shows to be exact, when someone called in to complain that we will never be rid of fossil fuels because, well because of the planes, trucks and trains that are used to move goods and people around. Fallacious to say the least. This is […] Read more…

Reviews & Fun Stuff

  • Chickens: Where To Find Heritage Breeds | Sacred Habitats

    Chickens: Where To Find Heritage Breeds

    Chickens have been a part of the American diet since the arrival of the Spanish explorers. Since that time, different breeds have been developed to provide meat, eggs, and pleasure. The American Poultry Association began defining breeds in 1873 and publishing the definitions in the Standard of Perfection. These Standard breeds were well adapted to […] Read more…

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    Native Flute: Voices of the Wind

    “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 […] Read more…

Wellness & Balance

  • In Loving Memory of One of the Worlds Most Inspirational Men, Dr. Wayne Dyer | Sacred Habitats

    In Loving Memory, Dr. Wayne Dyer

    If you have met Wayne in person at an airport, at a hotel or in Maui he probably gave you a copy of his movie The Shift. Wayne loved this film and wanted as many people as possible to see it and get the benefits of learning to go from Ambition to Meaning in their […] Read more…

  • Common Toxins: Little Things Do Matter | Sacred Habitats

    Making Changes: Little Things Do Matter

    I know, this information gets overwhelming really fast. However, it is information we need to know about if even just a little because it has and is making a difference in our health and in our children’s health. Please watch this video to get the gist of what’s going on so that you can make […] Read more…

  • Fresh Pacific Salmon Recipes | Sacred Habitats

    Omega 3s, Omega 6s, Brain and Heart Health

    According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, “Most American diets provide more than 10 times as much omega-6 than omega-3 fatty acids. There is general agreement that individuals should consume more omega-3 and less omega-6 fatty acids to promote good health.” Finding delicious fresh fish in many areas of the country is very hard […] Read more…

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    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—on their children. And that’s how it should be, given the vulnerability of fetuses and infants, and the importance of optimal brain development to childhood and lifelong capacities and outcomes. But some of what we’ve […] Read more…

Folkways Wisdom of Yore

  • Chickens: Where To Find Heritage Breeds | Sacred Habitats

    Chickens: Where To Find Heritage Breeds

    Chickens have been a part of the American diet since the arrival of the Spanish explorers. Since that time, different breeds have been developed to provide meat, eggs, and pleasure. The American Poultry Association began defining breeds in 1873 and publishing the definitions in the Standard of Perfection. These Standard breeds were well adapted to […] Read more…

  • Flute-Rosewood-Bear

    Native Flute: Voices of the Wind

    “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 […] Read more…