August 29 Garden Social

5 Iconic Chinese Herbs: Combining the botanical, the sensory and the classical (2 hours CE to be applied for) Thursday, Aug. 15, 6:30-8:30pm in the Min Zidell Healing Garden at NUNM. Light refreshments will be served. In this talk, Eric will weave together insights from Han dynasty classical Chinese medicine texts, ecological and botanical information, and …

“The leaves Bruised do smell like Carrots.”

By Dr. Orna Izakson Today I held a 400-year-old copy of Gerard’s Herball in my hands. (It’s actually only 380 years old, but who’s counting.) I got to lift it, touch its cover, open and turn its pages, read its words. The crisp paper is cotton or linen fiber, and is in better shape than some of the …

Weed Lover

Unintentional Medicine from Evolution’s Winners By Dr. Orna Izakson Back in the late ’90s and early aughts, a small but information-dense ’zine circulated in the Eugene area called “weed lover.” The premise was that weeds offend gardeners by growing where they’re not wanted, but that they nevertheless offer great value by way of food, medicine …

Six Reasons to Start Gardening

My favorite seed catalog came in today’s mail. What’s new for 2010: organic Floriani red flint corn, green meat radish, Bolivian rainbow pepper, purple bok choy, ruby streaks mustard. This is why I started gardening – I was awed by the incredible diversity of life I could sustain on my little corner of earth. There …

The Top Ten Garden Medicines

A spring planting guide while you’re planning what to plant Gardeners have a big advantage during deep darkness of a northwest winter: We get to pore over garden books and catalogs that offer shards of sunlight and whiffs of spring. Dreaming about striped tomatoes, salivating over the prospect of a fresh melon, imagining the thrum …

Herb and Garden Book Roundup

At the end of a talk I gave the other day about gardening with medicinal plants, a lovely woman came up to me afterward to ask about books. If I could only have one herb book after the apocalypse/revolution/peak oil, etc., she asked, which book would it be? Book geek that I am, of course …

Fear not the Flower: Four Thoughts on Seasonal Allergies

It’s that season again, when a young plant’s thoughts turn to pollen — making an estimated 60 million people in the United States miserable. While farmers and gardeners have greater exposure to seasonal allergens, they also have great tools to prevent and treat its symptoms: fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants. If you know of seasonal trigger …

Enjoy Thyme for Flavor and Health

New Year’s day was as one of those perfect Pacific Northwest winter days — 45 degrees, misty and soft. The kind of day that smells and feels like earth. My garden is pretty much hibernating. A long spell of deep cold knocked back the last of my greens. There’s a fairly even layer of deciduous …