San or Saint…Pedro?


Huachuma - San Pedro, is known for and has a history of medicinal and shamanic use - huachumeros a male shaman or Huachureras a female shaman. (try to pronounce huachureras correctly and really quickly 10 times in a row!) The plant is native to the Andes mountains especially around the regions of Ecuador, Peru and … Continue reading San or Saint…Pedro?

The Herb that heals


Comfrey has been known for centuries to alleviate aches and pains and is still used today to treat cuts and grazes. Best of all, it grows and grows and grows. Ofcourse this one fact had me sold, so best to investigate my new favorite greenery. As I mentioned this plant is a fast grower. Should … Continue reading The Herb that heals

Worm your way out of a hairy situation


From cutworms to caterpillars of a creepy and even hairy variety,  for a good couple of weeks our veggie garden, the spinach in particular, has been a buffet, relentlessly ravished and feasted on. The donkeys most certainly do not seem to mind as they are all regularly presented with spinach bouquets!, but I on the other hand do. And so it … Continue reading Worm your way out of a hairy situation

2 FLAVOURS ONE DELICIOUS HERB


GARLIC CHIVES This popular herb is easy to grow and a great addition to any garden. It is easy to differentiate between onion chives and garlic chives. Garlic chives have a flat, grass-like leaf, unlike the hollow leaf of its oniony cousin. Some info for those serious green fingers. Garlic chives/Allium tuberosum is indicative of … Continue reading 2 FLAVOURS ONE DELICIOUS HERB

こんにちは


Kon'nichiwa ( hello in Japanese ) is a way I remembered ( or not ) my experts identification of cochineal scale, found on our local prickly pears. Cochineal is a tiny red sucking insect that draws the fluid from pads of prickly pear. As they feed, they produce masses of a white waxy material as … Continue reading こんにちは

Pineapple Sage


Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) is an underrated herb in the garden. It doesn't need much attention, but has a lot to offer. It will grow up to five feet tall, and its bright leaves are a delicate shade of green all summer long. It produces slender, trumpet shaped red flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, … Continue reading Pineapple Sage

Coriander


Coriander ( Coriandrum sativum), also known as cilantro or Chinese parsley, is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the parts most traditionally used in cooking.