Archives for March 2015

A-maize-ing

Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn — HHMI BioInteractive Video I know, corny title. It’s the greatest transformation story of the vegetable world. About 9000 years ago farmers in southern Mexico started manipulating a grass called teosinthe. Today, the world runs on it. One of the leading food crops in the world, a source […]

Talking herbs

I’m full of bright ideas. And stories about plants. So a friend at Kapiti Coast District Council asked me to share. A talk at the 2014 Kapiti Sustainable Home & Garden Show based around one of my most popular blog posts. Herbs are the most popular topic on this blog with Echinacea and Lemon balm posts […]

Rose oil eases pain

“Rose oil eases menstrual pain. In a study of 75 women, 25 massaged rose oil onto their abdomens to ease menstrual pain, the most common gynecologic complaint. Twenty-five used unscented almond oil and 25 did nothing for their pain. The rose oil group had significantly less pain.” The report also states women often suffer in […]

Worm pee improves tomato seedling growth

Science proves what we have been using for years.  “Results showed that vermicompost-leachate can be a suitable soil amendment product to improve overall soil fertility and growth of tomato plants, even under temperature and water stress conditions.” That’s because it contains proteins, vitamins, and micro- and macro-elements such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. […]