Gardens & Ecology

Water Workings

A long time ago humans used little rituals to bring about favorable weather. These were prayers, earth-works, and everyday practices  quite normal to the typical agrarian being. Now-a-days we tend to focus on the bad news: the fires raging on TV or disasterous statistics online. I wonder, is being so "informed" really helping ? What… Continue reading Water Workings

Gardens & Ecology

Landscape Gardening: Real Permaculture

I wanted to share a post (& blog) I have found inspiring and helpful these past few days as we begin to plan our garden & homestead for this upcoming season. So, here it is, a post by Simplestead with Tasha from her Epicurean homestead :: Can one woman really garden on about two acres… Continue reading Landscape Gardening: Real Permaculture

Gardens & Ecology

Study Materials for Inspired Gardeners

In my last post I discussed a food forest / garden that I have helped out with over the years. This post I wanted to share some of my favorite podcasts on the topics of ecology & permaculture. Hopefully these will inspire you as much as they inspired me: Sustainable World Radio Gardening, herbalism and… Continue reading Study Materials for Inspired Gardeners

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Food Forest :: a never ending work in progress

I have been blessed to have had the chance to be a part of two food forests in the past few years. One of them, the forest garden I will focus on for this blog post, is a collaborative garden in my parent's backyard. Over the years my mom and I have planted a small… Continue reading Food Forest :: a never ending work in progress

Gardens & Ecology · Herbalism

Hawthorn :: and other medicine for the Heart <3

All my fellow herbalists residing in the northern hemisphere are surely enjoying the abundance of flowers and herbs this time of year (spring). Personally I've been up in Oregon visiting family, going on walks around my mom's favorite trails of her childhood. On any walk I always take along a cloth bag and trimming scissors… Continue reading Hawthorn :: and other medicine for the Heart ❤

Gardens & Ecology · Herbalism

Herb Gardening — growing a backyard apothecary

Calendula plants & valerian growing in filtered light of the front yard. I'm "home" - in the suburban Californian landscape of my childhood. Being here again, after a couple years away, has fueled a desire to reconnect with this land and get started on gardening projects right away. In my garden in Argentina I usually… Continue reading Herb Gardening — growing a backyard apothecary

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Fall Garden Journal :: harvesting beans & grains

March, April & May are the months of harvests here in Argentina. Here it is fall. The nut trees have ripened and so have many grains in the garden. This year we had a good second year with corn and also experimented growing amaranth and beans. The first year growing any grain is usually mainly… Continue reading Fall Garden Journal :: harvesting beans & grains