Category Archives: Plants

Knock, Knock—Could it be Opportunity Knocking?

  Plans and actions are taking place all over the world to create farming and marketing opportunities with a plant that grows here in our fields and yards. Is our mystery sustainable crop right here under our feet? Is this … Continue reading

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A Most Valuable Fruit for Texas

When I came to live in Bastrop County, we drove around to see the area. I was amazed at the large fields of prickly pear cactus everywhere. A lady told me that she had a neighbor that had acres of … Continue reading

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Very, Very Berry

Catherine and I began to notice a profusion of dewberry blossoms everywhere as we drove to the grocery store and back. They were all along our fence line so we could take a closer look. They were beautiful! Almost every … Continue reading

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Herbal Knowledge – Sustainable Health

  Instinct, trial and error or acute observation led herbalists to the beneficial medicinal uses of herbs. This knowledge was valued and passed down from generation to generation in cultures around the world. In the Middle East and other local … Continue reading

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Thank a Green Plant Today

My next door neighbor, Susan, came bouncing into my home often with the greeting, “Hi, have you thanked a green plant today?”  Once she even recommended that I read up on the sex life of oak trees! I didn’t give … Continue reading

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Significance of the Prickly Pear Cactus

  For a long time, as he tells in his _Narrative_, Cabeza de Vaca was a kind of prisoner to coastal Indians of Texas. Annually, during the season when prickly pear apples (_tunas_, or Indian figs, as they are called … Continue reading

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