Category Archives: Native

Mushrooms in the orchard – Nov 2012

November has been a cool and rainy month for us this year. This kind of weather certainly brings out the mushrooms! There are a lot of “old friends” popping up everywhere in the orchard, inky caps, fairy cups and clumps … Continue reading

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Starting Black Locust from Seed

I planted a dozen or so Black Locust seedling trees around our property last year.. and the deer found them delicious! They didn’t even get a chance to settle in before getting completely chomped. The trees were not big enough … Continue reading

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update from the orchard – flowers, lizards and mushrooms

Spring is truly a beautiful time of year! The temperature hit the upper sixties yesterday and gaves us a break from the rain. We took the opportunity to spend some time in and around the orchard. We were not the … Continue reading

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Wild and domesticated medicinal plants

I’ve enjoyed using herbs/plants to make tea for many years, but recently I’ve been looking more in to the ways they can be utilized in preventative and therapeutic medicinal applications. One of my favorite teas is lemon balm (melissa officinalis) … Continue reading

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Wild Mushrooms

While taking a look around our soon-to-be homesite, we stumbled across our first wild Turkey Tail (trametes versicolor) mushrooms growing on a small oak tree: The funny thing is that this is right in the area that I used to … Continue reading

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