Author Archives: Barb Susac

About Barb Susac

Art - mainly mixed media, weaving and stained glass. Also adventures in permaculture and sustainability in the harsh reality of Western Australia. Seed saving, plant propagating, perennials, wildcraft and gardening.

Yacon – apple of the earth

Wonder crop from Andes, yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius), is closely related to sunchokes and sunflowers. It can grow to 2m but mine only reached about a meter. It’s supposed to be hardy but it likes regular watering and is not as prolific as … Continue reading

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Mixing and Soaking Grains for Chickens

Sometime ago I read that soaking activates nutrients and makes food more digestible. We started soaking and sprouting grains for ourselves and then for our precious chooks. Here’s the system we use for our chickens…

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Nettle goodness

Another prickly one – Nettles (Urtica dioica) are rich in chlorophyll, nitrogen, iron, vitamins A, B1, B5, C, D, E and K, iron, potassium, copper, zinc, magnesium, calcium and more. I grow some each year for healing tea and occasionally blanch and … Continue reading

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Agave americana

They are everywhere. Spiky, dramatic, drought tolerant and full of acidic sap. Potential danger to an untrained eye but a true one stop shop for survivalists. Native tribes of Mexico used agave not only to distill mezcal from it – flowers, leaves, base of … Continue reading

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You are my sweet potato…

Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite perennials. I plant them as pioneering species and ground covers around trees and shrubs. Their young leaves are a staple in the kitchen and we often eat their healthy tubers. My chickens occasionally get … Continue reading

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How to Propagate Clumping Bamboo

I grow a few types of bamboo but Bambusa oldhamii is my favorite. Soothing rustling of leaves, straight poles for building, source of mulch, fodder, erosion control, soil building, potential fuel are just a few of the uses. Oldhamii can … Continue reading

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Prickly Pear – truly edible weed

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