healing · nomadique · wild foods

Chaga :: How NOT to harvest

Allow me to cut straight to the chase, here. If anyone wants to harvest food or medicine from the wild, it must absolutely must be done with the safety of the plants in mind.  When harvesting the burdock root, only take less than 1/3 of the amount from a large patch.  Leave the flower of… Continue reading Chaga :: How NOT to harvest

7 sisters · garden · healing · herbal · nomadique · wild foods

7 Sisters :: Buckwheat

I have been enamored with companion planting ever since I started observing and building permaculture designs.  The attraction and repelling properties that plants have on each other is so difficult to detect to humans.  A lot of the times you cannot see the effects that a parsley or yarrow plant will have on a tomato… Continue reading 7 Sisters :: Buckwheat

garden · herbal · nomadique · wild foods

Poison Partners

Poison Partners We’re still a long way off from any sign of new, green growth outdoors up here in Wentworth-Nord but I can see that pretty much everywhere else things are a bit different. On this day I’m dreaming of my poison pasture that I established last season. Poison pasture? Yes, I made a portion… Continue reading Poison Partners

herbal · ritual

6 Shades of Gold

The morning coffee game has never been stronger. I used to just pour hot water over preground coffee beans, serve with some cream and just a touch of sugar.  I’m not sure when exactly I started wanting to drink less coffee.  When my migraines started to get really bad, or when I feel the effects… Continue reading 6 Shades of Gold

herbal · wild foods

Nephros

Tea of the day :: Calendula – horsetail – seaberry – joe pye weed – corn silk – fireweed Nephros- Pertaining to the kidneys, and essentially the urinary system. Kidney days The urinary system is composed of the kidneys, the bladder, ureter, and urethra. The supradrenal glands sit on top the kidneys on each side… Continue reading Nephros

garden · healing · wild foods

Plant Profile :: Nepeta cataria L.

Plant Profile :: Nepeta cataria :: Catnip :: Cataire Family :: Lamiaceae (mint) Found :: in garden borders, in garden design, edge & field habitat. Permaculture Zone 1-3.  Perennial flowering soft to semi-hard stemmed shrub.  Hardiness Zone 3-4. Parts Used :: Leaves, flowers.  Leaves have a toothed edge but the surface and underneath of the… Continue reading Plant Profile :: Nepeta cataria L.

garden · healing · wild foods

Time to Light the Flame

Here on the East Coast of North America, the summer solstice and first summer full moon have just come to pass. We seem to be getting all the precipitation that should be due on the West coast!          All this to say that our Leaf season is coming to a close, opening the… Continue reading Time to Light the Flame

garden

Progress Report

Can it really Be? One whole year later? Sheet mulching is a wonderful way to reclaim eroded and bare earth into surprisingly fertile garden spaces.  You’ll find a step-by-step guide to our process here. What used to be barren ground is now loaded with both wild and cultivated flowers that provide habitat and forage for… Continue reading Progress Report

healing

Winter Survival: Lip Care

Behold!  The tenacious behaviour of the Calendula officinalis.  The batch of calendula flowers I left to go to seed never seemed to get the chance!  The frosts & snow came mighty early and they were like that until they were buried….I guess we’ll have a surprise in the spring if they managed to reseed! Tis… Continue reading Winter Survival: Lip Care