The Survival Medicine Garden

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Money doesn’t grow on trees but remedies do grow on plants, or in them, as it were.  Over the years I’ve grown quite a few different medicinal plants from all over the globe.  The diversity has been very interesting to study and has been a great diversion.  However in a pinch when I need a medicinal plant to treat traumatic injury …

Growing True Comfrey From Seeds

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The flowers of True Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) are generally very richly arrayed and colored dark purple.  The leaves are lance-shaped and not so broad as those of Russian Comfrey. True Comfrey is really the nicest of the Comfrey clan in my opinion.  From the luscious leaves to the thick, mucilage-laden roots I find nothing to compare. For years I thought …

Chia seed primer

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Chia seed, that powerful little bundle originating from the American Southwest and Mesoamerica, is truly unrivalled in terms of its nutritional value and health benefits. Chia is the most concentrated source of alpha-linoleic acid (Omega-3 fatty acids) in the plant kindom, making it an ideal food for those suffering from inflammation of any sort, including maladies of the nerves, eyes or brain. …

Tulsi (Holy Basil) Type Comparisons

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How does one disambiguate a subject so complex?  Holy Basil, a plant that is gentle and healing to body, mind and spirit should bring happiness, not confusion! The commonality of all types (species/cultivars) is that the leaves may be eaten fresh, used in cooking, or best yet picked, dried, and made into tea. Taxonomy:  Vana Tulsi (a tree basil) is Ocimum gratissimum.  The …

The Art of Direct Seeding

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What could be more convenient? Sow your seeds directly in the garden at just the right season and watch them come up and develop right where they belong! Here are a few tips to make your direct-seeding experience as successful and convenient as it should be. What is it? Direct-seeding is sowing in place. One cannot “direct-seed” in a pot, one …