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thoughts on gardening in a desert in drought

Today I gathered and spread pine needle mulch for some of my plants that are surviving drought-in-the-desert.

Pine needle mulch helps the soil in some places in my yard retain moisture, protects plants and their roots from the intense sunlight, decomposes slowly releasing nutrients. 585 more words

Resilience

Is That a Sausage In Your Tree? (Or are you just batty to see me?)

The Sausage Tree aka Kigelia africana
Family: Bignoniaceae

The Sausage Tree, sometimes called a Cucumber Tree, is truly a one-of-a-kind botancial bastion. A member of the Bignoniaceae family (more common plants in this family include the gorgeous purple Jacaranda tree) is a stand alone in its genus with no other members of the… 240 more words

Ethnobotanical Wonders

CUBAN JUTE; INDIAN HEMP (Sida rhombifolia)

WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CUBAN JUTE; INDIAN HEMP (Sida rhombifolia)

May be used in making cord and said to have some use in herbal medicines/teas. 84 more words

Florida Native Plant

Aldo Leopold's Compass

One of the first prairie plants I learned the name of and remembered was the compass plant. It towered over my head in August– unmistakable! Identifying it gave me the confidence to learn the names of other prairie inhabitants. 399 more words

Prairie

Getting back on the bike, er, pennyfarthing....

Hello beautiful people. After what seems like a very long time, I will be playing solo shows. I am so lucky to have recently reconnected with some of my very folky friends whose music and supportive energy has inspired me to remount the pennyfarthing that is solo folk music performing; at times awkward and unsteady, but once you hit your stride, so totally glorious. 24 more words

Alternative Music

CATIE [Kah-Tee-Yay] for a Day

The bottom of the mountainside where the river shaped the base seemed so far away as I peered out of the window of the van. The lush rainforest broken up by clusters of colorful cliffside houses zoomed past as I readjusted my gaze to something that would not induce vertigo. 1,137 more words

Global Agriculture

WINGED SUMAC (Rhus copallinum)

WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: WINGED SUMAC (Rhus copallinum)

Small tree/shrub. Spreads by runners. Berries can be used in jelly and lemonade flavored drink and in producing dye. 103 more words

Florida Native Plant