Tag Archives: Nova Scotia

How to Identify Edible and Medicinal Plants

It is always a challenge to initially identify which plants can be eaten or used medicinally.  It is especially hard when they are seedlings and you are wondering whether you should pull or not pull from your seed bed.  I  … Continue reading

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How to identify and eat Chickweed (stellaria media) recipe

Chickweed appears in the weed section of garden guides and government publications.  It is often one of the first plants that gardeners attempt to drive out of their garden.  But wait!  Don’t toss that chickweed on the weed pile.  Rather … Continue reading

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How To Make A Wattle Fence or Finally A Use For Those Alders

  I am rich in alders.  In my ignorance, I use to curse them but no more.  Not only are they a sustainable, quick growing, firewood but alders are strong and flexible enough to build a woven, wattle, fence.  I … Continue reading

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Split Pea Soup With Spring Garden Vegetables Recipe

I like to make this hardy soup for lunch after working outside during these cold, early, spring, days.  Only the hardiest plants like kale and leeks have survived in the garden over the winter and they taste strong and sweet. … Continue reading

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Valley Garlic Mushrooms and Vegetables Soup

½ litre (2 cups) sliced mushrooms ½ litre (2 cups) sliced cabbage 4 medium cloves garlic chopped ½ litre (2 cups) root vegetables Water 60 ml (4 Tbls) oil 5 ml (1 tsp) salt 5ml (1 tsp)Italian Spices or Herbes … Continue reading

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Tutorial on How to Grow and Store Ground Cherries (Physalis pruinosa)

  Quick List Tutorial 1.  Start seeds inside 6-7 weeks before last frost date. germination time: two weeks – germination temperature 24-32C  (75-90F 2.  Grow in window with Southern exposure, in hot frame or under florescent lights 3.  Harden off … Continue reading

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Elder Leaf Skin Cream Works Its Plant Medicine Magic

This week I had a profound experience about the power of plant medicine.  This story starts in the summer when here at the Green Life Farm I harvested the leaves of the elderberry bush in order to make an infused … Continue reading

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