With the onset of summer, legions of gardeners will soon be out in force doing battle with bad bugs and wily critters up to no good in the garden. But not all the bugs in your garden are bad. This pink ladybug is a real beneficial, but is often mistaken for a “pink cucumber beetle” […]
It’s that time of year again and the pokeweed is already knee-high – just right for the picking. Although poke has been eaten as a vegetable for hundreds – if not thousands – of years, authorities now say that pokeweed should never be consumed because of its potentially toxic compounds. Yet, over the years I […]
Last week, I talked about the various types of edible sorrel that can be grown in the garden or wild foraged. The two most commonly cultivated species are Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) and French Sorrel (Rumex scutatus), followed by their wild counterparts, Sheep’s Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) and Red-veined Sorrel or Bloody Dock (Rumex sanguineus). Of […]
Winter is definitely over and summer is marching in with a fury. Here in Oz, temps have hit the 90’s already and we’ve had a few rain showers to kick the growing season off to a good start. What was a clear view through the forest just a week ago is now completely obstructed by […]
Spring had barely arrived before we were filling our salads and sandwiches with the crisp, lemony leaves of sorrel; one of our favorite perennial vegetables. Once used extensively in North America as a flavorful green and medicinal herb, sorrel is rarely found in herb or vegetable gardens today. If rare in the herb and vegetable […]
Check out this PDF of my latest article for ACRES USA magazine; The Voice of Eco-Agriculture . This is a great mag for anyone who grows or raises crops or livestock in a natural and sustainable way. Look for my columns in the Eco-Gardener or Health & Healing section.