From Non-Native to Noxious

Often when we discuss problematic species we hear the word invasive thrown around. However, that’s not representative of the whole picture. Here is a list of terms and how to differentiate them and understand when and why plants move from one designation to the next. NATIVE: A plant indigenous to a region. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s endemic to that region. It represents a lRead More…

Treating the Symptoms ( A philosophical Ramble)

Ok this is going to be one of the least practical posts, because i’m not speaking just about medical symptoms, i’m speaking on generalities. Current culture cares more about the effect than the cause. When it does realize that it needs to break a cycle, it looks for the closest causal (more often correlative) connection and focuses all its efforts there. We look around and see symptomsRead More…

Planning a Food Forest

Planning a forest is essentially creating a small ecosystem on your property. You may be tempted to start by just buying fruit trees and planting around your perimeter, but plants thrive in communities. Instead you need to consider how plants naturally group up in the wild. botanical life exists in 7 distinct layers of any forest. Your personal food forest should have representatives from eacRead More…

Enhanced Germination

So many novice gardeners get frustrated because they are unsuccessful with sprouting their plants from seeds. however most are making very simple mistakes that prevent them from reaching success. IF you follow these basic steps below, you will increase your yields substantially. Start with an aquarium/terrarium (or plastic tote if you must). This ensures a humidity and temperature controlRead More…

Tea Garden

TEA GARDEN Ditch the bottled brew or bagged blend and grow your own tea garden with ease. When people think of tea, they first jump to the idea that there is a tea plant or only a few acceptable plants to make tea from, however throughout time, humans have brewed thousands of plants in water and enjoyed the medicinal and social benefits of teas. The beginning of a good tea is a good plant,Read More…

Invasive Species Management

Step 1: Identify regions of potential ecological risk Step 2: Identify species of potential immigration concern Step 3: Identify modes of potential transit, both natural migrational mechanisms and unnatural human importation. Step 4: Secure places of exposure risk Step 5: Secure paths of transit risk Step 6: Identify ecological deficits in native populations whRead More…

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, reuse, recycle: a phrase familiar to most of us. It’s origination was designed to teach the youth and much of America how to reduce the rate of our landfill usage, as well as lowering our consumption to a more sustainable level. Fortunately most of us have not gravitated past these simple concepts. What was meant to be a catchy reminder has also served to convince a large percentage of theRead More…

Know Your Zone

Zones correspond to naturally occurring conditions of a region. Generally these are applied to native species and elective agriculture and gardening can broaden the radius of each zone into more of an overlapped pattern. This is because we can artificially modify our environment to create man made ecosystems that are more accommodating to the species we choose to grow. So dont despair if yRead More…

When To Buy Or DIY

I’m all too familiar with buyers remorse. Sometimes i look back and realize i spent a small fortune on something i’ve seen others make so effortlessly. However, other times i spend weeks trying to build something that never comes out right and end up still having to spend the money to buy the product elsewhere. So how to determine which option is right for you and your situation? How muchRead More…