Permaculture Design 01

Rather than fighting nature, we ought to be working with nature, using the tools that nature uses, and assisting nature do what it does best—create natural ecosystems. If we learn to act out of thoughtful, conscious forethought, rather than manmade traditions of patterns which are designed only for aesthetics and…

Prioritize Your Marriage

Giving the most important things in your life top priority doesn't take away from the fulfillment of your hopes, goals, and dreams: rather, it protects, supports, and provides necessary motivation for the fulfillment of those efforts. And there are few of life's priorities greater than building a strong, happy marriage.

Alfalfa, medicago sativa

[caption id="attachment_212" align="aligncenter" width="300"] This is the traditional alfalfa (Medicago lupulina) as is used in agriculture, but it has gone wild, and now we all get to reap the benefits.[/caption] [wc_box color="primary" text_align="left"] Alfalfa is a perennial of the Fabaceae (beans and peas) family, and it was introduced into North America from…

Yellow Alyssum, Alyssum alyssoides

Also known as pale madwort, (madwort is the common name for all alyssum) [wc_box color="primary" text_align="left"] Desert Alyssum is a reseeding annual native to Eurasia, introduced into North America. As with other plants, the word wort means medicine, and mad-wort essentially meant, "medicine to treat madness." [/wc_box] Uses: Primary use: Eating the raw…

Desert Alyssum, Alyssum Desertorum

Also known as desert madwort, (madwort is the common name for all alyssum), or dwarf alyssum [wc_box color="primary" text_align="left"] Desert Alyssum is a reseeding annual native to Europe (Italy)((http://www.abc.botanic.hr/index.php/abc/article/view/1331)) and Asia, introduced into North America((USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=ALDED)) for medicinal purposes.((http://www.cabi.org/isc/datasheet/112171 -- a rather in depth article on alyssum desertorum, which compiles all…

Know Thy System

There is great power in observation and identification. Learn what you have, and you'll have SO much more understanding of the potential of your system. And here are the links to the Facebook groups I mentioned: https://www.facebook.com/groups/planteducation/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/623997204362467/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/utahplantidentification/ And al Utah, I suspect there are plant identification groups wherever…