Fri, 27 March 2015
Episode 13: Ecological Designer and Permaculture Instructor Larry Santoyo talks about thistles. More interesting than you might think, thistles play an important role in soil restoration.
Larry tells us about the intrinsic characteristics of thistles, why the Earth calls them in, and what effect they have on the landscape.
After listening you may gain a new appreciation for this prickly, unpopular plant!
To learn more about Larry Santoyo visit his website at: The Permaculture Academy.com
Sat, 14 March 2015
Chaya (Cnidoscolus chayamansa) commonly called Tree Spinach is a very nutritious plant with high protein, iron, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins. Reaching 3 meters (10 feet high), Chaya has maple-shaped leaves that are delicious steamed or cooked. Chaya is resistant to disease and pests, is highly productive, and needs little inputs to thrive in both arid and rainy areas. A fast-growing perennial shrub, Chaya is easily propagated by stem cuttings.
To learn about Chaya, I spoke with Dr. Anabel Ford, director of the MesoAmerican Research Center. To hear Dr. Ford and some of the Mayan Forest Gardeners in a 2008 interview on Sustainable World Radio, click here.
Note: Chaya contains hydrocyanic glycosides, some people recommend cooking it before eating it.