Category Archives: Plant profiles

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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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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