Ceremonial plants

Yachay, Munay, Llankay (Wisdom, Love, Energy)

  I am at last catching my breath after a busy week to take a moment and give thanks to all who attended the seed exchange last Friday! Many seeds were brought in and along with them; ideas and hope for the future were exchanged.
 My thanks to those who helped from the Prunedale Library staff, Barbara Espe especially for her help and time and Tammy Del Conte.
 Also my thanks to all those who could not attend but carried us in their thoughts and good intentions nonetheless. I hope we can do this again in the spring perhaps as a “seedling” exchange/giveaway!? Until then, Yachay, Munay, Llankay
(Andean, Quechua- Loosely… Read More

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Amaranth

Amaranth

  Just say the word and it evokes in many the sense of an ancient grain, of ancient peoples of Mesoamerica and now a New Age Nutrition source, highly marketed. Well, yeah sort of.
Nutritious? Yes indeed
New world? True yes and more… Although not truly a ‘grain’ it is considered a pseudocereal , as it is not a genus considered a monocot, or more precisely a grass, like wheat, corn, barley etc The origin of Amaranth, (Amaranthus botanically), in almost all literature is referred to as having risen in ancient Mesoamerica. There is indeed abundant historical evidence of the huge role it has played in the ancient Aztec culture, where it… Read More

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Violet Fava Beans (Mediterranean Heirloom)

Planting seeds

I took advantage of a break in the storms today to get some seed started
Planted today; Violet Fava Beans (Mediterranean Heirloom) 
English Shell Peas (British Heirloom)
Leek ‘Carentan’ (1885 French Heirloom)
Onion ‘Tropeana Lunga’ (Italian Heirloom)
Onion ‘Florence Red’ (Italian Heirloom)
Brussels Sprouts ‘Long Island Improved’ (1890 Heirloom)
Romanesco Italia (Northern Italy Broccoli Heirloom)
Lettuce ‘Flame’ (1988 Heirloom)
Lettuce ‘Cimmaron’ (18th century Heirloom)
Lettuce ‘Beleah Rose’ (Cut and come again Heirloom) Next up , weather allowing, more Cabbage and first set of Potatoes! Photo © SE Popp ~ Fava Bean Blooms 2017

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Rainbow over Prunedale

Rainbows

  Related to gods and goddess’, Indra of the Hindu, Iris of the ancient Greeks, and Bifrost the bridge to Asgard of the Norse, The Rainbow Serpent, eternal being of the Australian Aborigine’s, is the Dream time and world creator Sometimes the rainbow is feared for its malevolent powers as well as its beneficial ones The attainment of the Rainbow body in Tibetan Buddhism is sought after as the last stage before Nirvana In Tibet and Nepal they are also seen as omens of good fortune
Wherein the Karens of Burma consider rainbows a painted demon that can eat children Irish folktales tell of pots of gold guarded by leprechauns Izanami… Read More

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The 20th of January is upon us

The 20th is upon us.
Why not start your day out tomorrow at the Elkhorn slough greenhouse with Bree Candiloro and help start a future forest by planting some Oak Acorns! (10-12) Then head over to the Prunedale library and join me in sharing seeds.(12-3)
 Let healing and hope begin.
 Be the change you want to see (and get some seeds from this Mammoth Sunflower!)

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Winter flowers

Well here we are, it’s January 2017. 
I’m not much of a reveler anymore; in fact I prefer my holidays as quiet and peaceful as possible. One thing I do like to do annually on Jan 1st is to go out in our gardens and make a list of all the plants that are flowering here (central Coast of California) on this day. As obscure (or boring!) as this may seem, it is related to my interest in Phenology.
Phenology, in a nut shell, is the study of periodic plant and animal life cycle events and how these are influenced by seasonal and interannual variations in climate, as well as habitat… Read More

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