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Why We Plant Fruit Trees (one reason)
Peruvian Mint - Self-Reliance and Sustainability Blog - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
Sun, Jun 2 2013 07:07 | peruvian mint
Peruvian Mint - Self-Reliance and Sustainability Blog - MOTHER EARTH NEWS At some point in the mid 1980s, we’d acquired a vining succulent plant which we’d never seen before. The seller at the flea market told us the plant was called Peruvian Mint. We planted it in the yard and it spread and spread. I especially liked where I planted it along paths, and when I walked there, the crushed leaves would perfume the air with…..Continue reading…..Peruvian Mint
Great Fruit Trees for the Deep South, Part. III: The Mulberry - Grow It! - MOTHER EARTH NEWS
Mon, May 20 2013 06:41
I remember the first time I saw a mulberry tree. Growing up in South Florida, we were used to oranges, grapefruit, mangos and avocadoes. But… a blackberry that grew on a tree? Wild! I was 10 years old. My little brother Brian and I were visiting our friends Rachel and Miles…..
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Facts About Comfrey
Mon, Apr 22 2013 03:14 | comfrey
I use comfrey in every forest garden design I do. Here's why.
- It is a dynamic accumulator, a nutrient pump that produces versatile, valuable leaves year after year. These leaves can be used as mulch to protect the soil and provide valuable nutrients as it breaks down.
- It is 22% - 33% protein compared to Alfalfa at 12% - 19%
- It's finished compost as soon as the leaves are cut and turned under
- It increases crop yields by 30% - 100%
- It continually reproduces itself and can last forever
As an herb:
- It soothes ulcers, gout, burns, bruises, wounds, and even the common cold
- It is reputed to aid in the healing of broken bones, and is sometimes referred to as "knitbone".
- It makes a great compost tea
- It makes egg yolks yellower when cut early and fed to chickens
I believe it is one of the most valuable plants to use in forest garden for all that it provides.
Deadnettle - A Weed For The Bees
While it can be invasive, it's easy to pull up, and because of its benefit to honeybees, is worth leaving until the flowers die off. I simply remove it from the areas I don't want it and leave all the other patches of it.
I personally love being able to provide an early meal for the honeybees.
New Study Shows Pesticides Cause Brain Damage in Bees
Two studies released Wednesday support the findings of the European Food Safety Authority that neonicotinoid insecticides pose an unacceptable risk to bees. The pair of British studies indicate that neonicotinoids and miticides cause brain damage, compromising bee survival. Read more....