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:
Here is a good idea for your west coast winter project !
This article in Mother Earth News has a fantastic overview of the main considerations for a
passively heated green house design.
How to Design a Year-Round Solar Greenhouse
WInter Hardwood Cuttings December 2016
Every season I do hundreds of softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings during the spring and summer.This fall I decided to try some hardwood cuttings. Continue reading
Here are some wonderful podcasts on botanical history and current information, great to listen to while commuting to work or while gardening.
BBC Radio Plants From Roots to Riches
The myth and magic of Vervain ( Verbena officinalis ) has been embedded in human culture for 1000’s of years. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, all had beliefs about the powers of this plant. In the Middle Ages it was used as a key ingredient in a mixture for protection against demons. Of course in modern times, with our massive body of scientific knowledge it is used more often as a Vampire Repellent…. live and learn !
I bumped into this Meadow Clary plant ( Salvia pratensis ) blooming in the farm’s demonstration garden.. Then I found out that the Royal Horticultural Society have given Meadow Clary their Award of Garden Merit (AGM). Since England has a similar climate to Vancouver Island I explored the RHS web site further and found a really interesting interactive herb plant selector guide. It would be perfect for planning a herb garden since you may search for plants using a huge number of different requirements such as available sunlight, height of plant, when it blooms and many other factors. Check it out ! RHS Herb Selector Guide
Source Wikimedia Commons Cultivo de shiitake (Lentinula edodes) en Pradejón (La Rioja), localidad líder en el cultivo de champiñón y setas en España.
Imagine planting a crop that produces for up to 8 years !