Posts by Anita

What To Do With An Old Christmas Tree

Posted by on Jan 5, 2019 in edible, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

What To Do With An Old Christmas Tree

Balsam fir tea soothes the sinuses, opens the nasal passages, and evokes the depths of the wild forest in your stressed-out soul.

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Another Reason To Say No To Plastic

Posted by on Dec 30, 2018 in birds, environment | 1 comment

Another Reason To Say No To Plastic

Birds use all sorts of materials for nest building—twigs, grass, mud, moss, pine needles. And sometimes, sadly, plastic.

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What Is A Solstice, Anyway?

Posted by on Dec 21, 2018 in holiday, winter | 0 comments

What Is A Solstice, Anyway?

What is a solstice? It’s the darkest part of winter. Yet paradoxically, it’s a time to celebrate warmth, and light, and life.

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Deck The Halls: A Field Guide

Posted by on Dec 16, 2018 in Unmowed Blog | 1 comment

Deck The Halls: A Field Guide

One of the remarkable things about December, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, is that almost everywhere you go, there are evergreens draped all over things. The more urban the setting, the more greenery. Shopping malls suddenly resemble forests. I found plenty of foliage today at the grocery store. And the botanist in me always glances at the evergreen decor with an eye to identification. Now evergreen isn’t a type of plant, it’s a lifestyle. There are evergreen ferns, oaks, and mosses. It just means they keep some (but not all) of their leaves green all year long. (Needles are...

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Mint: Is It Your Cup of Tea?

Posted by on Nov 23, 2018 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Mint: Is It Your Cup of Tea?

Upset stomach. Ugh. Not horridly painful, nothing serious, just out of sorts and a bit, acidy, you know—really don’t feel like eating. So I’ve been trying to use more herbal remedies for the little aches and pains of life, and I googled herbal remedies for upset stomachs. Came up with mint tea—specifically, peppermint tea. Ah, okay, lots of peppermint growing in the backyard, so let’s give it a try.  Making mint tea is simple. Rinse off the mint leaves and stems (any part of the plant will do), put a handful in a Mason jar, and pour in boiling water. And that’s it. Let it steep for a...

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