In last week’s post , we began exploring the build of an earth oven. An Earth Oven is a simple structure, made of clay, sand, straw, stone, and fire brick, that you can use to cook foods in a traditional way. Last week’s post walked you through the first set of steps for building your…Building an Earth Oven, Part II: Insulation, Finish Plaster, and Cob Mosaic — The Druids Garden
I am very excited to announce that registration for my brand new online course will be open on Monday, May 23rd.
Trees In All Seasons is a four-season online video course designed to help you successfully identify over 100 trees in every season — spring, summer, fall, and winter. Additional topics that are featured in this course include tree ecology, physiology, anatomy, and taxonomy.
This course is presented entirely online and it features over 75 exclusive videos that lay the groundwork for successful tree identification. If you are interested in identifying trees but are finding it difficult to learn through field guides and apps, consider enrolling as a student in Trees In All Seasons.
Please note: Trees In All Seasons will be open for registration for two weeks only from Monday, May 23rd to Monday, June 6th. Upon registration, you have immediate access to all course content and you can watch the videos at your own pace.
To register for Trees In All Seasons, mark your calendar for Monday, May 23rd and visit this link.
All additional information (including course structure, outline, and cost) will be posted on Monday.
My good friend Aaron Watson recently invited me on to his podcast to discuss my work with Trees In All Seasons and Learn Your Land. To learn more about the course, as well as my motives in creating the course, check out the recent interview:
I look forward to seeing you on Monday!
I am enamored of lilac. Her scent on warm spring evenings evokes the happiest of memories. Every year I attempt to capture her glorious scent in baking and every year I learn yet another lesson about her culinary intricacies. Through trial and error, I discovered what perfumers knew long ago, lilac’s intoxicating fragrance is notoriously…The Perfect Lilac Shortbread & The Art of Enfleurage — Gather Victoria
When Atlantis and Lemuria sank the survivors scattered around the world. The Mayans say sixty million people died in Lemuria during the cataclysm that sank Atlantis and Lemuria. I can’t find a record of how many died in Atlantis. There were survivors. If there wasn’t survivors we would not be here today. Let’s look at just who the survivors were.
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An earth oven is an oven made of cob (a mixture of clay, sand, and straw) with insulating features (firebricks, bottles). It is an extremely efficient and sustainable method of doing any baking you might need to do. One firing of your earth oven can allow you to bake different things for hours (pizzas, bread,…Building an Earth Oven Part I: Foundation, Dome, and Structure — The Druids Garden
I thought I’d share this recipe from Gather Victoria Patreon for two reasons. May is the sacred month of the Blessed Virgin Mary and in Roman Catholic tradition, roses are the emblematic flower of the Blessed Virgin Mary – and roses will be blooming shortly! On May 31st a “crown cake” is typically baked “affirming…Black Madonna of Montserrat: Chocolate Rose Crown Cake — Gather Victoria
One of the most important things we can do to address the challenges of today’s age is to build authentic, lasting, and meaningful nature-based relationships and spiritual practices that are localized to our own ecosystems. We can build deep connections with our local land and take up our traditional ancestral role intending and honoring nature.…The TreeLore Oracle and Magical Compendium of North American Trees — The Druids Garden
A druid walks upon a landscape, barren, cold, with trees cut and plants uprooted. Tears in her eyes, she surveys the damage that others have caused: the homes of so many animals disrupted after logging, the wild ramps and ginseng roots damaged, and the remains of the logged trees laying like skeletons on the earth.…A 21st Century Wheel of the Year: Regeneration at Beltane — The Druids Garden
Before I share a new video with you, I want to provide some exciting news regarding the upcoming online tree identification course.
After many years of diligent work, I’m happy to announce that the brand new course — Trees In All Seasons — will be released in May. This online video course is designed to teach students how to confidently and successfully identify over 100 trees in every season — spring, summer, fall, and winter. Additional topics that are featured in this course include taxonomy, ecology, physiology, and general natural history.
If you are interested in identifying trees but are finding it difficult to learn through field guides and apps, consider enrolling in Trees In All Seasons this May. To receive updates regarding the initial release of the course, simply remain a subscriber to this newsletter.
And now on to the brand new video…
It’s no secret that I spend a lot of time in the woods. It’s also no secret that the woods in which I spend my time harbor some of the most reviled organisms on Earth.
Because I share many of my outdoor adventures on video, and because I live in a state (Pennsylvania) whose Lyme disease cases are extraordinarily high, people naturally want to know how I deal with ticks.
What precautions do I take? What repellents do I recommend? How much duct tape do I wrap around my socks? What does diet have to do with all of this?
Questions regarding ticks are among the most common questions that I receive. To compile my thoughts and concerns, I decided to film a video in which I discuss my 6-part strategy.
To learn how I deal with ticks, check out the brand new video!
In addition to harboring ticks, the woods in which I spend my time are home to beautiful wildflowers. Pictured here are 15 wildflowers that blossom during the early weeks of spring in the northeastern United States. Have you seen any of these flowers recently? To view a larger image, check out the latest Instagram post.
Thanks for reading and watching, and thanks for your continued support!
By Maryann Readal
Dianthus is The Herb Society’s Herb of the Month for April. The timing is perfect as the weather is beginning to be spring-like, and these plants are now available in our garden shops. The Greek botanist, Theophrastus (371-287 BCE), is credited with giving these flowers their name. He combined the Greek word for dios, “divine,” with anthos, “flower” and came up with dianthus.Dianthus have been cultivated and bred for over 2,000 years, and many different colors and flower types have been developed along the way. With successive breeding, however, many of the cultivars have lost their native clove-like scent.
The old-fashioned plant that our grandmothers called pinks, Dianthus plumarius, can be a perennial or an annual. It is a compact, evergreen, clove-scented, low-growing species of Dianthus. Like other Dianthus, it prefers an alkaline soil and plenty of sun. The perennial variety blooms later…
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