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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  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


  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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Meditation in miniature

Most of the folks that know me or have visited the nursery have heard me preach, perhaps incessantly, on the virtues of growing plants for food and health in the form of plant medicines, plants that may assist us in our spiritual paths, as well as creating self sustaining gardens that benefit not only ourselves, but the environment and all the creatures we share our specific locations on the planet with. However there are many other facets of my love of plants and gardening that I do not always readily highlight or share. So today I thought I would like to show you all one of those aspects in a… Read More

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Faeries in the garden

Recently here at the nursery we were blessed with a visit from a delightful young lady who is gifted with the ability to see and speak with Faeries. She taught me that many of our plants are useful to the Faerie folk such as that the Physalis, Ground Cherry husks are used as lanterns. Also, she insisted that Faeries are present in our nursery, which I can believe as true since many of the Faerie Strawberries that were out that day mysteriously disappeared! Still I was not completely convinced of their presence until just the other day when I saw this awesome fellow, who I’m quite sure if you look… Read More

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Grow edibles in pots

  I was recently impressed with a list on facebook of 66 edible plants that can be grown in containers from Homesteading/Survivalism’s page. Here for your entertainment, perusal, approval, (or not), and commentary is a list (not in any particular order and common names only, please contact me if you want the botanical names) of an additional 70+ plants which, yes, I have grown or am at this time growing in containers! 1 -Lemon verbena 2 -Chervil 3 -Mints 4 -Horehound 5 -Lemon balm, Sweet Melisa 6 –Yerba Buena 7 –Tarragon 8 –Sorrel 9 –Chamomile 10 –Epazote 11 –Cilantro 12 –Curry plant 13 –Lemon Grass 14 –Oat Grass 15 –Leeks… Read More

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