Pine (Pinus strobus)

Pine (Pinus strobus) Family: Pinaceae Genus: Pinus Largest conifer family in species diversity 250 recognized species in the world including pines, larches, spruces, firs, and hemlock Parts Used: bark, needles (leaves), pine resin, pollen, seeds Energetics: warming, drying Taste: pungent, bitter, sour Plant Properties: stimulating diuretic, stimulating expectorant, stimulating diaphoretic, modulates inflammation, nutrient-dense food, vulnerary,…

Garlic (Allium sativum)

Garlic (Allium sativum) Family: Amaryllidaceae Genus: Allium Energetics: warming, drying Taste: pungent Plant Properties: circulatory stimulant, diaphoretic, expectorant, antimicrobial, carminative, immune modulating, vermifuge (parasites) Plant Uses: Hypertension, fungal & bacterial infections, colds, influenza, bronchial congestion, small intestinal bacteria growth, digestion, asthma, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance Garlic has been approved by the Commission E as…

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Sage (Salvia officinalis) Family: Lamiaceae (mint) Genus: Salvia Common names include garden sage, common sage, culinary sage Comes from the Latin word salvere meaning “to feel well and healthy, health, heal” Energetics: warming, drying Taste: pungent, bitter Plant Properties: aromatic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, antiseptic, blood moving Plant Uses: Sore throat, excessive sweating, infections, stagnant digestion,…

Herbal Infused Sugars & Salts

Infused Sugars & Salts The colder nights are upon us here in New England and it’s time to squirrel away our summer and fall bounty. Fortunately there are a whole bunch of ways to preserve and enjoy herbs for months, even years to come! Here are a few ways I’ve preserved my herbs this year:…

Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)

Autumn Olive Elaeagnus umbellata “Sacred Olive Tree” I recently discovered this beautiful plant not too long ago living in my neighborhood. We are neighbors and I didn’t even know it! Autumn Olive is such a unique looking plant and quite easy to recognize once you know what to look for. I was on a walk…

Buchujeon – Garlic Chive Pancakes

Buchujeon Garlic Chive Pancakes A few days ago, while strolling through my yard, I noticed one of my onion chive plants flowering again. Instead of the puffy purple flowers that sway in the breeze in early summer there were white star-like flowers! I quickly realized I was growing garlic chives and didn’t know it! As…

Garden Lawn

Garden Lawn by Lois & Jay What got you started? Jay and I decided to start converting our yard into different gardens, because grass was annoying to maintain. Sure, it looks nice but we soon realized after buying our house, that we were not suited for that kind of maintenance. We care less about how…

Three Sisters Garden

Three Sisters Garden by Lauren Ritz When you only have 2.87 acres to grow and raise your food, you start to see the lawn as precious garden space and less as a lawn full of pretty green grass. If I am going to water something daily, I need to be eating it! Corn, beans and…

Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora)

Indian Pipe Monotropa uniflora While taking a stroll in the rich dense woods of New Hampshire we came across several clusters of these pale plants. Their appearance and story of survival are so unique I felt compelled to share. First, Indian Pipe also known as Ghost Pipe, is indeed a plant and not a fungus….

Livin’ Lawn

Livin’ Lawn This summer I’ve chatted more about lawns than I ever thought I would. It may have something to do with being a homeowner or maybe being in my thirties or maybe because I think my lawn is pretty cool, who knows? To give you a little recap here is a post taken from…