Alfalfa Medicago sativa

Alfalfa has been around for centuries and is an overlooked wonder food. It is helpful for just about all kinds of health problems, especially those caused by nutritional deficiencies. Historically, the benefits of alfalfa were discovered centuries ago by Arabian horsemen who, upon feeding this wild edible to their livestock, noticed a jump in energy […]

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Sand Verbena- Mana of the Sand

I never knew Sand Verbena (Abronia latifolia) until I took an ethnobotany class at Fairhaven College with John Tuxill in 2007. One of our assignments was to create a Coast Salish ethnobotany garden and each student selected a plant to include in the garden. I picked Cascade Blueberry (Vaccinium deliciosum) on account of its tasty […]

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The Importance of Water for Your Garden

It is almost impossible to overestimate the importance of water for your garden – after all, water makes up 85 to 95 percent of the weight of living plants. In fact, plants use more water than anything else. Water carries nutrients from the soil to the plant cells, so plants that are kept at their […]

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