‘What’s with Wheat’ is a MUST SEE Documentary

“Food and medicine are not two different things: they are front and back of one body. Chemically grown vegetables may be eaten for food,  but they cannot be used as medicine.” ~ Masanobu Fukuoka In September 2016, I wrote a blog post “Oh Gluten, why do I not eat you so“. I do not have…

Urban Garden Harvest ~ Early June

It is early June and here are some of the delicious vegetables coming out of our urban garden. Our first harvest included Cherry Belle Radishes, lettuce, spinach and all kinds of herbs including dill, cilantro, parsley, lemon balm, bergamot, lemon verbena, marjoram, thyme, oregano, holy basil, and rosemary. The kids enjoyed harvesting the radishes, big…

Healing Herbs ~ Lemon Verbena

This is one of my favorite herbs in the garden. Although it is trickier to grow in colder climates, this herb is well worth a try if only for its spellbinding lemon-scent. Lemon verbena grew originally in Chile and was first brought to Europe in the 18th century by the Spanish for its perfume. I…

Front-Yard Urban Garden ~ May Update

Now that May is half over and all our garden beds have been filled with vegetables, fruit and herbs, it is time to pause and take stock of what is actually growing and to reflect on why we are growing our own and sharing it with others. ~~~ Why a Front Yard Garden? This is…

Healing Herbs ~ Hyssop for the Garden

“Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.” Ancient Native Proverb   As I write about the different herbs in our garden, my hope is that I…

May – I need more hours in the day!

Originally posted on nodighome:
The temperature has fallen (again!) and the wind can be so cold, but things are hotting up in my no dig greenhouse and polytunnel. Germination is so rapid it feels as though seeds are popping almost as soon as I plant them, thanks to the heat mats and heated propagating bench.…

In the Light ~ Nature Photography

 “The light of love restores every lost voice.” ~ Janette Oke There is the perpetual sunshine bringing a smile to all those who pass by. Then there are those who unveil themselves to the world to show their true strength. Even when they lose something, they remain whole. Those who feel the light deep inside…

Beach Time on Vancouver Island: Nature Photography

As summer approaches, the anticipation of hot sun, soft sand, barnacled rocks, lapping waves and cool ocean air washing over my mind and body gets me a little giddy. It’s never too early to head to the beach and take in all that its wonders. Little treasures are found along the way when one is…

Wild Flowers of Vancouver Island ~ Nature Photography

The beauty of spring is in plain sight. On this particular hike in Central Vancouver Island, where ever we looked, there were burgundy, yellow, blue and purple flowers nestled among the soft, dewy greens. We admired the unique shapes of the flowers and pondered whether the fairies used them as umbrellas, hats or cups to…

Wordsworth Dances with Daffodils

Just as the daffodils are slowly fading away, replaced by colorful tulips, here is a poem by William Wordsworth to commemorate the beauty they bestow upon the waking planet each spring. We planted about 40 daffodil bulbs in our front garden last fall. Amazingly, the sight of the yellow visage of a flower gladdens the…

Inspirational Tuesday ~ Sage & Sage Tea

  All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them. — Arapaho Proverb This year, we planted many herbs in our garden. In fact, last count was 26. My familiarity with herbs is mostly culinary and limited to basil, chives, marjoram, oregano, cilantro and parsley….

A Walk in the Forest ~ Nature Photography

In honor of Earth Day (April 22). Every day is Earth Day. We are all stewards of this planet and must do everything to nurture our nature. ~ The spring rain brings out the most beautiful wild forest flowers. We went on a hike with a mission to seek out these meadows where fairies surely…