background preloader

Plants and such

Facebook Twitter

Bees, butterflies

Medicinal. Permaculture. Seeds. Mushrooms. Hydroponics, greenhouses, water . . Plant This and Say Goodbye to Spiders, Mice and Other Unwanted Pests in Your Home. The only thing worse than a mice infestation?

Plant This and Say Goodbye to Spiders, Mice and Other Unwanted Pests in Your Home

10 Mosquitoes Controlling Plants for Home. Mosquitoes are among the biggest nuisance of monsoon that ruins the outdoor fun.

10 Mosquitoes Controlling Plants for Home

Bites of mosquitoes are extremely itchy as well as spread diseases such as malaria. People use mosquito coils, mosquito repellent creams, electronic mosquito repellents and herbal mosquito lotions to keep mosquitoes at a bay. Some people are allergic to these things and get nasal cavity, skin and throat problems.

People also use chemicals to control mosquitoes which cause bad effect to health and environment. If you want to control mosquitoes through natural way then plant some mosquito repellent plants in your yard. Mosquito Repellent Plants 1) Rosemary Rosemary herb contains oil which acts as a natural mosquito repellent. 2) Citronella Grass Citronella grass is excellent for controlling mosquitoes. 3) Marigold Marigolds have peculiar odor that many insects, humans and animals dislike.

Subversion Without Violence. Bill Mollison once said, “I teach self-reliance, the world’s most subversive practice.

Subversion Without Violence

I teach people how to grow their own food, which is shockingly subversive. Sacred Gardening through the Three Druid Elements – Designing Sacred Spaces and Planting Rituals. A representation of the 3 druid elements A number of people have asked me for ceremonies and activities that help facilitate sacred work on the land in various ways.

Sacred Gardening through the Three Druid Elements – Designing Sacred Spaces and Planting Rituals

Why would we want such ceremonies? The Druid’s Prayer for Peace: Shifting from Exploitation to Nurturing as a Spiritual Practice. Working with the land, in harmony and peace One of the things I’m hoping to do on this blog, in addition to my usual “how to” posts, permaculture, and tree work, is give us a set of working tools and philosophical lenses through which to see and interact in the world.

The Druid’s Prayer for Peace: Shifting from Exploitation to Nurturing as a Spiritual Practice

Today’s post does just this–explores two concepts underlying much of industrial civilization and various reactions to it, and does so with a distinctly druidic lens. In The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, Wendell Berry discusses two approaches to living and inhabiting the world–the practice of exploitation and the practice of nurturing. Berry wrote The Unsettling of America in the 1970’s as a small family farmer’s response to the rise of “Big Ag” and industrialized food systems. Sacred Tree Profile: Hawthorn (Lore, medicine, magic, and mystery) Hawthorn branches and leaves In honor of Samhuinn, a festival of beginnings and endings, today we’ll explore the most sacred of trees–the hawthorn.

Sacred Tree Profile: Hawthorn (Lore, medicine, magic, and mystery)

This is the 6th post in my “Sacred Trees in the Americas” series where I examine abundant trees in the Eastern and Midwestern parts of the USA, exploring their many qualities: physical, magical, herbal, mythological, and so on. Previous posts have include Eastern Hemlock, American Beech, Sugar Maple, Eastern White Cedar, and Hickory. Each of these posts takes 20-30 hours to research and write, not to mention the countless hours I spend with the trees to understand them and share their stories as best I can. And now friends, let’s enter the forest and visit the hawthorn. I remember when I was a child, running through the hawthorn grove behind my house. Healing Hands: Replanting and Regenerating the Land as a Spiritual and Sacred Practice. Acorns A lone man walks through a field of brambles as the sun rises, a small pouch at his side.

Healing Hands: Replanting and Regenerating the Land as a Spiritual and Sacred Practice

This field was old-growth forest before being clear cut a century or more ago; it was then farmland for 50 years before becoming unfarmable wasteland; over the last 15 years, enough soil fertility has returned enough to support the brambles. Researching agricultural and tree biodiversity. Growing with Love: 4 Surprising Rules for a Healthy Crop. ~ Celine Koropchak. Via Celine Koropchakon Aug 3, 2014 Ever since I was a young girl, I found more peace and solace in being outside in nature than in any official church setting.

Growing with Love: 4 Surprising Rules for a Healthy Crop. ~ Celine Koropchak

There was something comforting about feeling the sun on my face, hearing the babbling of the brook beside the trail, or watching the birds dancing in the air. I felt a part of this natural existence and could feel my heavy heart lighten and my breathing become deeper and steadier. Now as an adult, I have chosen to take this one step further in my status as blueberry farmer and wildlife hostess. This Amazing Tree Grows 40 Kinds of Fruit. Sam Van Aken, an artist and professor at Syracuse University, uses “chip grafting” to create trees that each bear 40 different varieties of stone fruits, or fruits with pits.

This Amazing Tree Grows 40 Kinds of Fruit

The grafting process involves slicing a bit of a branch with a bud from a tree of one of the varieties and inserting it into a slit in a branch on the “working tree,” then wrapping the wound with tape until it heals and the bud starts to grow into a new branch. Over several years he adds slices of branches from other varieties to the working tree. Jerry Baker's Old-Time Gardening Wisdom: Lessons Learned from Grandma Putt's Kitchen Cupboard, Medicine Cabinet, and Garden Shed! (Jerry Baker Good Gardening series): Jerry Baker, Kim Gasior: 9780922433353: Amazon.com. Magical Wood Properties and the Magical Properties of Wood by DragonOak.

Feminine energy.

Magical Wood Properties and the Magical Properties of Wood by DragonOak

Elder is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology 25 November to 23 December. 52 Wild Plants You Can Eat - Updated. In addition to using the list below as a resource, consider the importance of properly educating yourself before consuming wild plants. Below are some resources to consider: Stalking the Wild Asparagus and Stalking The Healthful Herbs by Euell Gibbons Edible Wild Plants by John Kallas Ph.D. Wild Cards: Edible Wild Foods and The Essential Wild Food Survival Guide by Linda Runyon We all know which vegetables and fruits are safe to eat, but what about other wild edibles? 1. Many wild berries are not safe to eat, it’s best to stay away from them.

How Plants Help Each Other Grow By Near-Telepathic Communication. Michael Forrester, Prevent DiseaseWaking Times Plants have scientifically been show to draw alternative sources of energy from other plants. Plants influence each other in many ways and they communicate through “nanomechanical oscillations” vibrations on the tiniest atomic or molecular scale or as close as you can get to telepathic communication. Members of Professor Dr. Olaf Kruse’s biological research team have previously shown that green algae not only engages in photosynthesis, but also has an alternative source of energy: it can draw it from other plants. His research findings were released in the online journal Nature Communications. Susun Weed, Herbalist. Amazonian shamanism is, among other things, a form of herbal medicine.

People who focus on the healing and transformative powers of ayahuasca may sometimes overlook the sheer size of the shamanic pharmacopoeia and the role that plant medicines play in healing. But to understand curanderismo in the Amazon, we have to understand these healing plants — their selection, preparation, indications, and application. My plant teacher doña María Tuesta Flores knew hundreds of plant medicines. The key to healing with plants, she told me, is not only to know which plant can heal which conditions, but also to understand the proper way to prepare the plants for use.

When Dreams “Bleed” Through. I had one of the stranger experiences of my life this morning, and that’s saying something, given my unusual life! David’s alarm went off at 4:45 as usual, and, since we had both gone to bed early and slept through the night, I felt fully rested, too. After he got out of bed, I stretched my back a bit and fully expected to join him in the kitchen a few minutes later. He Holds The Patent That Could DESTROY Monsanto And Change The World! If there’s anything you read – or share – let this be it. The content of this article has potential to radically shift the world in a variety of positive ways.

And as Monsanto would love for this article to not go viral, all we can ask is that you share, share, share the information being presented so that it can reach as many people as possible. In 2006, a patent was granted to a man named Paul Stamets. GMO Corn - the Poison Plant Everyone Eats. The Complete History of Monsanto, The World's Most Evil Corporation. Paul Stamets patents “universal biopesticide” that Big Ag calls “the most disruptive technology that we have ever witnessed.” Monsanto’s Next Weedkiller Uses RNA and It’s Far Worse Than RoundUp. The 7 Deadly Homemade Weed Killers.