Have a Berry Good Day!

Raspberries, Blackberries and Salmonberries, Oh My!

brambles“These and other native brambles—shrubs that send up arching stems called canes—are perfect garden plants. They’re easy to grow, but they’re highly perishable, so the fruits can be hard to find in supermarkets.


Birdshummingbird and mammals feed on them, while the flowers provide nectar for pollinators and the leaves are an essential food source for skipper butterfly larvae.


raspberriesThe red raspberry is native to every region of the Lower 48 except the Deep South. The black raspberry ranges throughout the East as far south as Georgia and from North Dakota south to Colorado and Oklahoma. The common, or Allegheny, blackberry grows in the Northeast and Midwest and south to Virginia and Missouri. California blackberry, also called dewberry, is native to the Pacific Northwest.

salmonberriesThe salmonberry is a favorite of western hummingbird species.Named for their resemblance to salmon roe, the fruits taste best when they are amber-colored.”


Source: http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Gardening/Archives/2013/Native-Plants-You-Can-Eat.aspx?s_email_id=20151114_MEM_ENG_Habitat_News_November_Edition|MTMemHab

Native Plants you can Eat #2

SpringThese are Native plants you can grow in your garden this spring and then enjoy the fruits of your labor during holiday meals and other times.


blueberriesBlueberries: While cultivated varieties have been developed from the highbush blueberry, which grows wild in the East and Midwest, other blueberry species are native to most of the United States and Canada. The shrubs produce small flowers that are important spring nectar sources for bees while their intense, sweet-tart flavored berries are relished by many birds and mammals.

service berriesServiceberries: Some species of serviceberry—also known as Juneberry, shadbush or Saskatoon—is native to every contiguous U.S. state and Canadian province. The large shrubs or small trees feature delicate white flowers on bare branches in spring that provide nectar for insects emerging from winter nests. The small, purple fruits help sustain grosbeaks, thrushes and many other birds during the breeding season. If you can get to them before the birds, the uniquely flavored berries can be used to make jam or pie.

persimmonsAmerican Persimmons: Native from Connecticut to Iowa and Kansas south to Florida and Texas, American persimmon trees produce ornamental, purplish-orange fruits that hang on leafless branches in autumn. Before they ripen, the fruits are guaranteed to make your mouth pucker. But when ripe, they taste a lot like dates. Wild persimmons are an important fall and winter food for many mammals, and the trees are a larval host plant for the luna moth.

Source: http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Gardening/Archives/2013/Native-Plants-You-Can-Eat.aspx?s_email_id=20151114_MEM_ENG_Habitat_News_November_Edition|MTMemHab

Bee an activist…Help Save our Bees!

bee on a flowerYou may have heard that the bee population is in trouble, they are dying off due to the use of poisonous pesticides, which threatens humans because bees play a major role in pollinating our food sources.

Here’s how you can help!

black eyed susansPlant these flowers in your garden with organic seeds, they provide food and a place to reside for the local bees while they pollinate your plants: Black-Eyed Susan, Aster, Blazing Star,


currant plantCurrant, Calstrop, Creosote Bushes,  Elder Flower and Goldenrod.

Take your pulses

I found this little gem on my beloved Care2.com website. I had never heard that the word “pulse” had more than one meaning!!! Hip hip huzzah for discovery!

early peas“A pulse, sometimes called a “grain legume”, is an annual leguminous crop yielding from one to twelve seeds of variable size, shape, and color within a pod. Pulses are used as food for humans and other animals. Included in the pulses are: dry beans like pinto beans, kidney beans and navy beans; dry peas; lentils; and others.”

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulse_(legume)


The Urban Homestead- grow your own food in the backyard

I’m lucky to live only 5 minutes from the Front Porch Farm Stand (Pasadena, CA) and buy my fruit, vegetables and bread from these wonderful, down-to-earth, friendly people. I feel blessed to know them, and am inspired to begin our own journey in self-sufficiency!

Here is an award winning video about them:

Energetically, Diane Tegarden