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Backyard Apothecary: Winter Weeds

We are so lucky for our winters on the west coast. There is lush greenery all year long. But winter is not a time for buds or blossoms, it is a time when plants energy is in their... 



Backyard Apothecary – Cleavers

It’s not hard at this time of year to be in awe of our green earth. Everything is budding or blooming and leaves are reaching for the sky. Outside in my yard I’ve been watching... 



Backyard Apothecary: What Is Ripe Right Now

Out in the garden, the chickweed bed is dry and yellow, but the dandelions that sprouted after May’s flowers are growing vigorously. Their leaves are dark green, gathering enough... 



Backyard Apothecary: Herbal Vinegars

Herbal vinegars are a unique and inexpensive way to utilize the green world around us to the benefit of our health. Vinegar has the ability to draw minerals from plant material, making... 



Backyard Apothecary: Nettle Root

My mother instilled in me an appreciation for fresh, seasonal produce. One way was her constant labour in the gardens at various childhood homes. Fresh tomatoes on toast are a fond... 



Backyard Apothecary: The Amazing Dandelion

My father always hated dandelions in his yard and used to pay my brother to pull them out or pick their flowers before they went to seed. Six years ago, he was dying of liver cancer.... 



Backyard Apothecary: Local Trumps Vegetarian

Local Trumps Vegetarian In The Quest For Health And Sustainability. There is a common sentiment amongst so-called health foodies that vegetarianism is healthier for the body—and... 



Yellow Dock: Fall’s Iron-rich Wild Tea

There’s a rusty brown seed head standing up amongst the backdrop of green in overgrown yards and gardens everywhere in late summer and early fall. Rumex Crispus, known as Yellow... 



Backyard Apothecary: It’s time we made an ally of the sun

At this time, and always, it is of utmost importance to have a healthy working relationship with the great ball of energy in the sky. With the discovery of the depletion of the... 



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