Winter Savory a Four Season Herb and Possible Deer Repellent

a-winter savoury

This “semievergreen” hardy perennial can be harvested year round on Vancouver Island.
Not only is this plant deer resistant, but it is listed as an aromatic herb that Repels deer!
That’s quite a claim !

Check out what the Sonoma County Master Gardener’s have to say about discouraging deer using aromatic herbs at:
http://ucanr.edu/sites/scmg/2013_Feature_Articles/Aromatic_Herbs_Discourage_Deer/

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Plant of the Week – Lovage

 

Clean Fresh Foliage, Clean Fresh Aroma

Lovage (Levisticum officinale) this reliable Hardy Perennial is one of the first pants to shoot up in spring. Here on Southern Vancouver Island, it has sprouted up over a foot by the end of March. It is easy to grow but give this plant a lot of room in your garden as it grows over 2 M high.

Leaves have excellent celery like flavor and is used soups, stews and casseroles.  The seeds whole or ground are used in pickling brine, cheese spreads, dressings and sauces. Here are a few ideas.

Potato Salad with Lovage

Spring Lovage Soup

Fettuccine With Tomato And Lovage Sauce

In the Middle Ages lovage leaves were placed in the shoes of travelers to revive their weary feet and an infusion made from the seeds was used to erase freckles !

 

 

High Potential Geothermal Sites in British Columbia ( BC )

WIKIMEDIA Commons - Pacific Ring of Fire

WIKIMEDIA Commons – Pacific Ring of Fire

The article on growing bananas in Iceland started me thinking about Geothermal possibilities right here in BC.

It turns out that EnergyBC has done a bit of research on the subject with promising results. Lots of information on Geothermal Energy and potential sites in BC can be found  at this site:

http://www.energybc.ca/profiles/hightempgeo.html

Apparently BC is on the  “Pacific Rim’s Ring of Fire” , (sounds scary to me ) and according to DESMOGCANADA, we have enough Geothermal energy resources to power the entire province.

http://www.desmog.ca/2014/10/07/New-maps-reveal-bc-geothermal-potential-power-entire-province

Now I just have to cross reference the geothermal areas with maximum average annual sunlight areas of BC to find the perfect spot for my dream greenhouse !

Orange Bordered Beetle on Tibetan Gentian ( Qin Jiao )

orange bordered beetle on Tibetan Gentian

Most web listings I found on-line, list Tibetan Gentian as very rare plant, this one grows happily outside the gift shop at the farm. Originating from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains of Western China and Tibet, ” Qin Jiao ” has been used in eastern medicine for centuries.

I am having a bit of difficulty getting a positive ID on the bettle, the closest on e I have found is Largus californicus, but it’s markings are a little different. http://bugguide.net/node/view/243552