Category Archives: ethnobotany

saga of the water leak, part 1

We’ve got a drought-time water leak saga happening here at Rainshadow Farm. Life was going on as usual around here a week ago, with a lot of my own angsting about whether or not to sell RSF and when and … Continue reading

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thoughts on gardening in a desert in drought

Today I gathered and spread pine needle mulch for some of my plants that are surviving drought-in-the-desert. Pine needle mulch helps the soil in some places in my yard retain moisture, protects plants and their roots from the intense sunlight, … Continue reading

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emergency…

I’ve been dealing with my own food issues lately, along with body/mind stuff. I seem to be heading into a perfect storm of autoimmune issues along with the usual health-related matters I sometimes discuss here. More on that another time. … Continue reading

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leaning toward permaculture ideals

Modern permaculture was inspired by Chinese-derived wet-rice and tree-crop systems employed in Southeast Asia, which remain reasonable models of sustainability. Southern China, on the whole, has done less ecological damage in 8,000 years of agricultural history than Western practices have … Continue reading

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ideal world

In an ideal world I’d teach part time and also run this farm learning center, develop a native plant nursery, and expand the whole deal. In a more than ideal world, one of the colleges I’ve been working for would … Continue reading

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California fires, landscapes, and traditional ecological knowledge

Fire season in southern California used to begin late in summer, maybe right before autumn. Last year our first fires came before June. Every year over the last decade they’ve been arriving earlier. Last week, mid-May, San Diego was on … Continue reading

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figs and other warm weather plants in the high desert

I realized recently that I’m finally thinking like a desert gardener/farmer. Maybe I should say thinking more like one. You can’t grow any kind of garden out here without altering your thinking about gardens somewhat and rapidly. I began to … Continue reading

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basic herb spiral

I’m placing this concise and informative video here so I don’t lose it. This would work beautifully for Bonnie’s pond concept for my yard. Now to chose a location. The possibilities are endless. If you like this, try it! And … Continue reading

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Back home tonight

I missed this place when I was on the way back home. Sometimes when I was married and I had to go away, or even if I went away with the ex or with part of the family, I actually … Continue reading

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official, unofficial, whatever

I took the “Institute” out of my blog’s name. A while back, a year or two, maybe, I put it in there, probably unnoticed. That’s what this place where I live is officially called. Rainshadow Farm Institute. On my unfinished … Continue reading

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