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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.

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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

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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

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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

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New Year all Year round

The end of the growing season approaches, the darkness fills in.  Our days are lined with tincture and vinegar jars flying open between batches of applesauce and filling the freezer with pastured pork, the kale just keeps on growing! Essentially keeping up with the tradition of taking stock of what we have – our food,… Continue reading New Year all Year round

nomadique · wild foods

Sea Buckthorned

Hippophae rhamnoides seaberry, sea buckthorn (seabuckthorn), argousier, siberian pineapple. I’ve got major respect for the tough plants.  As much as I do love my delicate flowers and trees, sometimes plants need to know how to look after themselves.  I also love plants that are known by several names.  They become elusive, almost conceptual plants that… Continue reading Sea Buckthorned

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Sheet mulching 101

Once upon a time, there was no house.  Prior to 2009, this site was your typical Laurentian bush – swamp and forest, thick underbrush from past logging with medium growth deciduous and coniferous forest. Then a house was built – trees were cut, foundation was laid, and construction began.  Bringing in material is messy, and… Continue reading Sheet mulching 101

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AgroNomades now on ETSY!

I am certifiably JAZZED to announce to you that AgroNomades products and art are now available for worldwide purchase via our brand spanking new Etsy page! We’ve got lip balms, herbal salves & tinctures, infused oils, and prints are just going up now ❤ So browse our products, leave your comments below and check back… Continue reading AgroNomades now on ETSY!

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Beginnings : URTICA

2014 is here!  Bursting through the underbelly of winter, greenness prevails! Dried nettles are a wonderful source of the real summer dirt.  If you’re like me and you know its going to be a least 5 months before you get to see the bare earth again, despair not!  Throw a handful of nettles into a… Continue reading Beginnings : URTICA