How to Use Garlic Flowers

| December 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

garlic flowers signGarlic Flowers

Garlic flowers are a delicious and delicate tasty treat.

Here, garlic specialist Dan Jason of Salt Spring Seeds, discusses how to cook them, when to harvest them and he explains why the garlic flowering tops need to be removed.

This sustainable practice allows the garlic flowers to be “deadheaded” but not thrown away.

The flavor of the garlic flower is not as strong as the cloves. It is like comparing green onions and onions.

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Making a Biodigester

| December 18, 2014 | 2 Comments

Biodigester = Biogas

Part of our plan for a sustainable lifestyle involves the use of a ‘Biodigester‘ to create ‘biogas‘.

biodigesterA biodigester produces biogas by breaking down organic matter in the absence of oxygen.
It is a renewable energy source, like solar and wind energy.

Biogas is produced by the fermentation of biodegradable materials such as manure, sewage and green waste, basically anything that will rot.

Biogas is mostly methane and carbon dioxide.

The methane produced as biogas from a biodigester is burnable and so it can be used as a fuel for cooking. It can be compressed and stored in the same way as propane.

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How to Make Toilet Paper – Naturally

| August 25, 2013 | 2 Comments
wooly lambs ear leaves

wooly lambs ear leaves

Toilet paper didn’t always exist. The original toilet paper was the medicinal herb “Wooly Lamb’s Ear”.

Brought over from England it was used back in the old days.  A smart plant choice because of its soft leaves and it was easily accessible. Back then how to make toilet paper was as simple as planting a garden.

How to Make Toilet Paper

Soft and pliable, wooly lamb’s ear is a natural and sustainable solution to adding pollution to our ocean’s water system. So how to make toilet paper? Grow it!

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Edible Flower and Herb Choices

| March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Herbs and edible flowers are a wonderful and natural contribution to any diet. Learn what choices to make when starting to grow edible flowers and herbs for yourself.

This video, set on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, is a great starting point to help you gain information and perspective on edible flowers and the choices available.


herbs flowers for tea

edible seeds to edible flowers

Traditional Tea

In Ecuador we drank beautiful herbal teas daily, both hot and cold. Tradition here has everyone in the country drinking fresh flowers and herbs daily as part of their routine; it is not something that needs to be re-taught as it has remained part of their culture.

I shop weekly at the fresh organic farmers market where you choose your tea blend by smelling the fresh bunches of 8 to 12 herbs and flowers the farmers have put together with their favorite combinations; a great way to get a sense of what your tea will taste like. The fresh greens for salads are abundant and the varieties again chosen by what is visually appealing and fresh.

edible flowers

order organic edible seeds online

We are prepping to grow our greens, herbs and edible flowers for tea and salads in containers near our kitchen so they will be a visual dangling carrot daily to tempt our palate and help us to benefit from the fresh greens that nature brings us. This video will definitely help us make good choices!


Looking for good seeds to grow edible flowers? Take a look at some of the organic choices and varieties of seeds which you can get easily online. By planting a variety you can can mix and match and come up with wonderful combinations.

edible flowers



Here’s a book; Easy Growing, to get you started with container gardening to get you growing your edibles. You can have them right outside your door, making it easy to want to use them fresh instead of letting them dry out.

Remember, fresh, tasty, healthy and satisfying making your own tea fresh from the garden is fun and rewarding.

Happy Tea Time!


How to Make a Lavender Wand and a Headpiece – Video

| October 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

DIY projects that use lavender and will last a long time that you can make yourself. Take a moment and learn a crafty way to use the lavender and other herbs from your garden.

Lynda Dowling of Happy Valley Lavender and Herb Farm demonstrates the technique used to make these crafty herbal gems.

How to Make a Lavender Wand and a Headpiece – Video

Herb Storage

| September 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

Where you keep your herbs after processing is an important consideration in order to maintain their integrity.

You can learn more about Sustainable Harvesting here or learn about local seed exchanges that support saving and exchanging heritage seeds.

herb storage

herb storage



Herbs that Attract Butterflies and Beneficial Bugs – Video

| September 4, 2012 | 3 Comments


borage flower

borage flower

Butterflies and beneficial bugs like lady bugs, are important to help create a healthy garden. This video discusses the many herbal plant choices available to draw them into your garden. I love that we can control pests and help encourage pollination naturally.

The variety of choices is incredible and this is a great video to help you decide what beneficial plants to add to your plot.

Shot on location in the beautiful gardens of Happy Valley Lavender &  Herb Farm, we hope you enjoy watching it as we much as we did filming it.

Herbs that Attract Butterflies and Beneficial Bugs – Video



Sustainable Harvesting – Video

| September 1, 2012 | 1 Comment
Betty Norton

Betty Norton

Harvesting plants properly is so important. proper harvesting can ensure plant growth and sustainability for future generations.

Here health care professionals share their views on the importance of sustainable harvesting.

Sustainable Harvesting – Video



The following Health Care Professionals and experts share why harvesting for sustainability is so important to our world:

Marilyn Walker,  Ethnobotonist, Anthropologist, British Columbia, Canada

Betty Norton, Folk Herbalist

Jasbir Mattu, UK. Certified Medical Herbalist

Theresa Thorne, First Nations Herbalist, Vancouver Island {contact info for Theresa? please email us so we may add it}

Dr Doug Kuramoto, Naturopath (ND)

Jillie Spooner, UK Certified Aromatherapy – Essentially Yours Wholistic Services – Victoria {contact info for Jillie? please email us so we may add it}

our thanks to these professionals for sharing!





Chicken? Who are You Calling Chicken?

| August 17, 2012 | 1 Comment

Looking forward to the day when we will have chickens and have to learn to be at one with them, we better be able to pick out the Rooster though! We are looking at laying chickens for their eggs, ability to clean the garden and their waste for our bio-gas system.

the roaster does not like to be called chicken

Rototiller Remodelled

| August 17, 2012 | 1 Comment

rototiller remodelled

Love the box behind this rototiller, such a smart addition. Found it at Indigo Farm on Salt Spring Island where they have been living sustainably from their land for years. They had some good ideas implemented around the farm.