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Archive for the ‘Plant Resources’ Category

Jul 19

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE – Identifying Wild Edible Plants in Your Neck of the Woods

Here are some reliable links from university cooperative extensions around the country. As the plants will vary regionally it is important to seek out information pertaining to your specific region.


Jul 18

Gardening Guides – U.S. & International: State/Regional

The following links are gardening guides requested by HGEL fans from across the country and around the world on our facebook fan page. I have only posted guides from reliable sites (i.e. university horticulture depts. & cooperative extension offices, Master Gardener sites, etc.)


Jul 17

Putting the SUN in your garden…the beautiful sunflower

Sunflowers…summer happiness on a stalk!


May 1

Spotlight Edible of the Day: Corn

Corn has deep roots.
Roots that entwine so deeply into our collective ancestral memory that we can accurately describe corn as ancient.


Dec 30

GMO/Monsanto-Free Seed Companies, Seed Starting, and Other “Seedy” Things…

As we are digging ourselves out of the snow banks or watching the flood water recede and preparing for the next winter storm, I will wager dollars to dahlias that we are dreaming of our spring gardens! Isn’t that how gardeners spend their New Years?


Nov 21

The Pharmacy in your Garden – The Hidden Medicinal History of Your Favorite Plants

Did you know….

– Fossil records show that the human use of plants as medicine dates back 60,000 years ago (solecki et al., 1975)
– Plants and their derivatives represent of 50% of all drugs in clinical use
– 3.5 – 4 BILLION of the global population rely on plants for drugs (Farnsworth, 1988)
– Nearly 95% of plants used in traditional medicines are collected from forests and other natural sources.
– Almost half of the 25 top selling pharmaceuticals were either natural product or their derivatives (O’Neill, 1993)


Oct 19

Spotlight Edible of the Day: Cool Season Crops – Peas

“How luscious lies the pea within the pod.” ~ Emily Dickinson


Oct 31

mar’sel/Terranea Edible Gardening Lesson #3: Installation Daze!

Happy Anniversary to the mar’sel edible garden! This is Part Four in this blog series on “The Rebirth of a Garden”. Be sure to read Part 1, 2 and 3 for a great community story as well as great tips and resources on soil management, edible planting strategies and design tips.