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[oh] Hello Nettles

At a United Plant Savers Conference in Rhode Island, Susun Weed spoke on the wonders of Stinging Nettles ( Urtica dioica ), or Sister Spinster as she calls it in her book Healing Wise.  Her main focus was on its energy-restoring properties.  The results sounded like bliss: Wake up in the morning feeling energized, and … Continue reading

a year with Basil

December 9th.  Coincidentally my favorite day of the year to take a look at how life’s been the past 364 days of it.  The New Year is around the corner and I’ve usually made the transition from Farm- job to winter-job by this point.  I like to make note of where I am today and … Continue reading

The Basil Experiment: discussion

Oh Holy Basil.  You are such a sweet and humble herb.  My body and mind crave you when my moon cycle beckons.  I am like night and day without you.  Yes, yes.  I have P.M.S.  But wouldn’t you know that to understand my cycle’s sacredness I can count on a Sacred Herb.  Ms Tulasi.  The … Continue reading

Holy Basil! it’s Tulsi

Latin & Common Names: Ocimum sanctum – Krishna Tulsi, Rama Tulsi Ocimum tenuiflorum – Holy Basil, Bubblegum Bush Ocimum gratissimum – Vana Tulsi, Tree Basil, Wild Tulsi Plant Family: Lamiaceae, the mint family Photo/Drawing/Sample: Ocimum sanctum Seeds I bought at Gardener’s Supply from High Mowing Seeds in Wolcott, VT.  I am not sure if it’s … Continue reading

The Poppy Experiment

Such lovely Earth creatures, the Poppies.  Magical in so many ways, with intentions to entrance. Come here my pretty, don’t you want me?  Eye see You. Look at this pod, it is filled with seeds.  You can plant me or with the right variety, eat me.  Wouldn’t you like to see me growing near your … Continue reading


How I’ve been feeling – up to feb 3: Feel uplifted, a little more positive about myself and my situation. Very motivating to have a project. Then starting saturday I felt moody and irritable.  Refusing to help myself by blaming others, then… basil idea! Drank lemon ginger Tulsi on Sunday. Ginger too strong, let steep … Continue reading

Aphid Mini-Experiment Update & Conclusion

2.5 weeks since last Neem Application One week after application I squished 5 aphids.  Today I squished two.  Before the Neem application the aphids were in abundance up to 10 per leaf.  I declare this an effective solution! The Purple Passion shed its three biggest leaves after the application.  Because of this I recommend using … Continue reading

Aphid Problem? No Problem!

A Mini-Experiment My dear Purple Passion vine has been attacked by aphids!  I believe it was a kick-down Sage that brought it upon us.  When the Sage died, whom was inconspicuous with its infestation, the aphids needed somewhere to go.  And since they didn’t care for, or at least missed, my other darling plants, it … Continue reading


ex-pe-ri-mence [eck-speer-ee-mence] noun, verb, -menced, -mencing -noun an experiment that seeks experience to test a theory: Thanks to the experimence, I believe in Basil’s power. an experience that involves experimenting: I will drink tea and see how my body feels during the experimence. -verb to practice as an Earth Apprentice: to experimence with a Plant … Continue reading