Back in the late ’90s and early aughts, a small but information-dense ’zine circulated in the Eugene, Oregon area called “Weed Lover.” The premise was that weeds offend gardeners by growing where they’re not wanted, but that they nevertheless offer great value by way of food, medicine and pulling nutrients up from the subsoil to feed neighboring plants. They also may be physically useful: one gardener tied her tomatoes to their cages using bindweed. One of the very best things about...
by on May 11th, 2010 at 09:05 am

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    Herb and Garden Book Round-Up
      At the end of a talk I gave the other day about gardening with medicinal plants, a lovely woman asked me if I could only have one herb book after the apocalypse/revolution/peak oil disaster etc., which book would it...
    by at February 25th, 2010 at 09:02 am
  • Understanding Radon
    Courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas formed from the natural breakdown of uranium. The gas is found naturally in certain soils around the United States. It enters...
    by at January 15th, 2010 at 08:01 am
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    Cooking and Healing with Thyme
    A long spell of deep cold knocked back the last of my greens and there’s a fairly even layer of deciduous leaves covering the ground, punctuated by bare limbs and decomposing stalks. My garden is pretty much hibernating. But...
    by at January 7th, 2010 at 05:01 am
  • 6 Great Reasons to Start a Garden
    My favorite seed catalog came in today’s mail: organic Floriani red flint corn, green meat radish, Bolivian rainbow pepper, purple bac choy, ruby streaks mustard. These are the reasons I started gardening–I was...
    by at December 17th, 2009 at 05:12 am
  • Hidden Benefits to Homemade Preserves
    The media has propelled estrogen-mimicking chemical bisphenol A (BPA) to the forefront of health news. It’s ubiquitous, and it’s likely in your body. The chemical, developed as an estrogen replacement, is commonly...
    by at December 16th, 2009 at 08:12 am
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    Tips to Beat the Holiday Blues
    It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” and depression is rampant. Between the early darkness, family drama and the financial stress that goes along with shopping season, many people find their mood taking a turn...
    by at December 2nd, 2009 at 09:12 am