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Plant of the Month: Mullein – Survival Toilet Paper

It is difficult to drive down America’s highways without seeing tall stalks of mullein on almost every embankment. At times I have gotten so mesmerized with this plant that not even the person behind me blowing their horn and screaming loudly can get me to move any...

Featured Plant: the Oak Tree

I was three years old then. They planted that young oak tree in front of my house in suburban New Jersey. I was small and the oak seemed a mighty giant, its pointed leaves and unusually shaped fruits, a delight to a child’s passionate eye. It became a neighborhood...

Plant of the Month: Chenopodium Album, Lambsquarters

Chenopodium Album: Lamb’s Quarters, Fat Hen I expect that we will be harvesting lamb’s quarters here in Southern Illinois for 10 or 11 months this year. Because of our very mild winter the plants had an early kick start this spring. I have seen lamb’s quarters grow up...

Featured Plant: Comfrey

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEHc_UzeT9w When I think about the penultimate plant for Permaculture sites I go immediately to comfrey (symphytum officinale). Simply by cutting a button sized piece of tap root and planting it, within two weeks a new plant emerges. In...

Permaculture Featured Plant

Each month we will be posting information on a significant plant for Permaculture systems: guilds, food forests, main crop, etc. Read our first post tomorrow: Comfrey (symphytum officinale). Look for the featured plants icon on the page…...