Category Archives: Food/gardening

Apiaceae Family – Fennel and Parsnip

This time we’ll look at two less frequently grown plants in the Apiaceae family of vegetables – parsnip and bulb fennel. I’ve grown parsnips and I’ve tried to grow bulb fennel, with no success. Fennel I’ve planted what was identified … Continue reading

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Apiaceae Family: The Carrots or Parsley Family

The Apiaceae family of plants and herbs is also called the Parsley or Carrot family. It contains some of the most commonly used vegetables – carrots, celery, celeriac, fennel and parsnip – and many of our favorite aromatic herbs – … Continue reading

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Plant Families: Fabaceae (part 2)

Another post about those marvelous nitrogen-fixing legumes found in the Fabaceae family. This month we’ll look at peas, lentils and peanuts! Peas Peas are one of my absolute favorite vegetables for so many reasons: They are a cool weather crop … Continue reading

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Plant Families: Fabaceae (part 1)

I’m going to start the plant family discussion with the most marvelous of all families – Fabaceae (legumes). Not only are beans a very healthy food choice for us, they’re a healthy choice for your soil. Legumes can, in a … Continue reading

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A Year of Studying Plant Families

The goal of the plant families discussion was to help people learn about planting, growing, harvesting, cooking and storing different kinds of foods. Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 12: Creatively Use and Respond to Change

Where is change happening in your yard – and in your life? The sun has been a primary change agent. When an old apple tree was struck by lightening and came down, we gained a sunny back yard and a … Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 11: Use Edges and Value the Marginal

Edges can be hard places to work with, but they present a lot of interesting opportunity and natural diversity. Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 10: Use and Value Diversity

Diversity is an insurance policy buffering us against disaster, disease and failure. Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 9: Use Small and Slow Solutions

Small and slow solutions will be increasingly important in an energy-constrained future. Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 8: Integrate Rather than Segregate

The proverb that goes with this principle is “Many hands make light work.” Continue reading

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