North American Plants


North American Plants

This is a group of identifying herbs, tubers, trees, and funguses. There will also be info on medicinal, culinary, and spiritual usage.

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Edible Plants and Weeds

Started by Brittany Root. Last reply by Seth Leonard May 17, 2013. 8 Replies

in praise of tobacco

Started by Nightshade. Last reply by Acorn Sunbeam Nov 29, 2011. 5 Replies

Don Quai

Started by Alicat Shanti. Last reply by Pizzaman Jul 21, 2010. 3 Replies

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Comment by Michelle Lee Lane on January 29, 2013 at 5:59am

I love the Hobbit House. When I saw it I knew that there were like minded people here. It is my screen saver.  :)

Comment by Morgan on December 16, 2012 at 7:53am

A video catalog of edible wild plants:

Comment by little wing on November 12, 2012 at 11:54pm

We did companion planting always.  What the Extension Office recommended to all affected was sterilizing pots, shovels... all implements that touched that soil... then planting far from the area involved.  We did that and planted 1/2 or so acre away.  Those tomatoes met the same fate.  Somehow, we transferred the virus.  We had more success with container plantings (using only sterilized tools).

Comment by Morgan on November 7, 2012 at 12:48pm

Just a second thought- if it's really a virus, one might try planting garlic alongside the tomatoes.

Comment by Morgan on November 7, 2012 at 12:46pm

It very possibly is related to the new anti-herbal laws in the US.

And interesting, LW, a virus wiping out tomatoes in private gardens... I'd not heard about that.

I wonder what's next?

Comment by Glen (Turtle) on November 7, 2012 at 12:39pm

Does anyone know where i could get a caapi vine, and or seeds? I am wanting to learn how to make ayahuasca tea. All the sites online that offer to sell the live plants all say they are currently out of stock. I didnt know if it might have something to do with the laws in the united states. Any information would be great help.

Comment by alyssum sparrow moon on July 23, 2012 at 7:50am

i try to only plant edible, useful, waterwise plants trees, etc on the property, i feel useful that way :)

Comment by little wing on March 23, 2012 at 1:53pm

This was the best info  (and simplest) I could find, terry:

At any rate, you're fairly safe from planting gmo seed unless you are growing soybeans, field corn, cotton or canola.  There are no labelling laws, however.  You can't be sure, due to the fact gmo genes migrate via air in any region they are deliberately planted.  For instance, I live in an area with cotton farms (another nightmare planting story).  I could not grow organic cotton here and know I am not getting gmo genes in my crop.

However, I regret not starting our garden 12 years ago using only seed exchange or heirlooms.   By buying tomato plants at Lowe's and WalMart,  we contaminated our soil with a virus that swept the country 5-6 years ago.  Due to that virus, all our tomato plants now grow healthily till they have small green/turning red fruit on them... and then die completely in 2 days flat.  We have sterilized containers, spades; imported soil to sometimes get a plant that lives and bears.  But we can't grow tomatoes in our gardens otherwise.

The smartest thing to do is plant non-hybrid seed only.  These are seeds you only buy once.  They will bear crops with more viable seed forever if kept going.   Big market seed is treated to decrease seed yield yearly.  So you have to buy new seed yearly to guarantee a good crop.  Here's the story and links to non-hybrid seed:

Comment by terry murphy on March 19, 2012 at 3:01pm

Het Brothers and Sisters,

Me and Lafaye are doing community gardens again this year. We had a big donation of seeds from the mayo company. Anyone know if they are gmo seeds? We want to do all organic and no gmo's. If anybody knows please let us know.. Couldn't find if they were or weren't on the internet. Thanks

Comment by Acorn Sunbeam on March 16, 2012 at 11:34am

Wow - looks like a great source of info.  Just looked at the home page and the article about pine.


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