#adjunct, paleoethnobotanist, drylands agroecologist, community educator, single mom, grandmother, owner of Rainshadow Farm, Mojave Desert.
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From the wildish to domesticated. One day, I hope, the birds will share the elderberries with me. The apricot trees are blooming later than usual (it's been chilly in this part of the Mojave and the nights have been cold). We'll just have to see when the big winds come and how they fare. I'm not putting any starts out until May. If I can hold myself to it.
While I can't seem to get a good photo of the bees that are out and about today, here's a picture of some of the tulsi I'm growing. I haven't found a way to grow it well in the ground here; it's so dry in this part of the high desert. For now I'm growing it in pots. This year I've probably got a dozen pots; most I'm letting go to seed for next year's plants. Next year I hope to have many, many large containers of tulsi.
I can't do my tulsi infused wine since wine is off my menu for now. The tea (flower and leaf, together) is nice. Next year I want to infuse it into oil. It is the second most wonderful medicinal plant in Katerina's Pharmacopeia. Sometimes I think it's the first.