Archive | December 2013

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Knitting Rays of Hope

nancydec18 hats for children chemo warriors

nancydec219 hats for babies in the NICU

We consider ourselves very blessed to have such a dedicated team!  Nancy surprised us with 2 bags full of hats that will help us with our January shipment!  These are so beautiful and soft.  I love looking at how each one is unique and just love the different yarn and color pairings – Nancy sure is talented!

We hope that you are inspired to create some hats for our cause in 2014.  We hope to be able to send out 100 hats every month, giving us a goal for 2014 of 1,200 hats!  We accept any handmade hats, whether you sew, crochet, knit with or without needles.  If you would like to learn how to loom-knit (knit without needles), please visit our tutorials page (link), where we posted a collection of You Tube tutorials (done…

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Sundew

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Sundew

Botanical: Drosera rotundifolia (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Droseraceae

—Synonyms—Dew Plant. Round-leaved Sundew. Red Rot. Herba rosellae. Sonnenthau rosollis. Rosée du Soleil.
—Part Used—The flowering plant dried in the air, not artificially.
—Habitat—Britain, and in many parts of Europe, India, China, Cape of Good Hope, New Holland, North and South America, Russian Asia.


—Description—This little insectivorous plant is found growing in muddy edges of ponds, bogs and rivers, where the soil is peaty. It is a small herbaceous, perennial, aquatic plant, with short and slender fibrous root, from which grow the leaves. These are remarkable for their covering of red glandular hairs, by which they are readily recognized, apart from their flowers which only open in the sunshine. Their leaves are orbicular on long stalks, depressed, Iying flat on ground and have on upper surface long red viscid hairs, each having a small gland at top, containing a fluid, which looks like a dewdrop, hence its name. This secretion is most abundant when the sun is at its height. Flower-stems erect, slender, 2 to 6 inches high, at first coiled inward bearing a simple raceme, which straightens out as flowers expand; these are very small and white, appearing in summer and early autumn. Seeds numerous, spindleshaped in a loose chaffy covering contained in a capsule. These hairs are very sensitive, they curve inward slowly and catch any insects which alight on them; the fluid on the points also retains them. After an insect has been caught, the glandular heads secrete a digestive fluid which dissolves all that can be absorbed from the insect. It has been noted that secretion does not take place when inorganic substances are imprisoned.—Constituents—The juice is bitter, acrid, caustic, odourless, yielding not more than 30 per cent ash, and contains citric and malic acids.

—Medicinal Action and Uses—Used with advantage in whooping-cough, exerting a peculiar action on the respiratory organs; useful in incipient phthisis, chronic bronchitis, asthma, etc., the juice is said to take away corns and warts, and may be used to curdle milk. In America it has been advocated as a cure for old age; a vegetable extract is used together with colloidal silicates in cases of arterio sclerosis.

—Dosages—2 fluid drachms of the saturated tincture added to 4 fluid drachms of water or wine and a teaspoonful taken for a dose. Fluid extract, 10 to 20 drops. Solid extract, 2 to 5 grams.

Haskap

Most people mistaken the fruit as part of the vaccinium family (Blueberries and cranberries), when in fact the fruit is just as closely related to tomatoes.  It comes from the Dipsacales order and is related to the Snowberry and Elderberry.

Varieties
Currently there are only 5 varieties being branded as Haskap in Canada. All of which have come from the U of S breeding program.

What is HaskapTundra

  • Mature about 4-5 feet tall
  • Firmer skin than other varieties
  • Bleeds less from the scar
  • Average weight of 1.5gms

Borealis

  • Mature at about 4 feet tall
  • Sweeter and larger berry
  • Softer skin and bleeds slightly

Indigo Gem

  • Mature 5-6 feet
  • Large producer
  • Smaller tangy firm berry
  • Higher incidence of powdery mildew

Indigo Treat

  • Mature 4-5 feet
  • Similar to Tundra but smaller berry
  • Plant grows more upright

Indigo Yum

  • Was released by University of Saskatchewan but difficult to propagate.

There are some older russian varieties available. These were introduced to North America by Jim Gilbert in the 1990s. Some names include Berry Blue, Blue Bell, Svetlanna, Cinderella, Polar night, Polar Jewel. The fruit from these varieties are generally smaller and tarter but the plants are vigorous growers and high producers.
Berry Blue is a great non related variety to use as a pollinator.

Other pollinators released from propagators and researchers are the Northern Jewel and Honeybee.

– See more at: http://haskap.ca/about-haskap#sthash.eYTbVvSW.dpuf

Nut Grower Clubs, nut and tree related sites

  • www.NiagaraLocalFoodCoop.ca – This is a website representing virtual “Farmer’s Market” for the Niagara Region. Make your order online, and every second week, ordered items can be picked up. Bringing local rural fresh quality to the Niagara Region via the web.
    Click here to visit this site. 
  • Northern Nut Growers Association $25/yr. US member; $27/yr.Canadian member, payable in US funds. c/o Sandra Anagnostakis, NNGA – Treasurer, PO Box 6216, Hamden, CT 06517-0216 
    Click here to visit the Northern Nut Growers Web Site, or
    Click here to go direct to the membership form.
  • Society of Ontario Nut Growers (SONG)
    $12 per calendar year or $30 for 3 years
    c/o Ernie Grimo, Treasurer, R.R. 3, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; Canada L0S 1J0.

    Click here to visit the SONG Web Site.
  • Eastern Chapter of SONG (ECSONG)
    This site contains tips and literature for the nut grower in Eastern Ontario, which has a climate that differs from Southern Ontario’s. Click here to visit the ECSONG Web Site.
  • American Chestnut Foundation
    Click here to visit this site devoted to restoring the American Chestnut Tree via genetics.
  • American Chestnut Cooperators’ Foundation
    Click here to visit this site devoted to restoration of the American Chestnut Tree.
  • www.FruitBuzz.com – A valuable fruit directory and information resource.
    Click here to visit this site. 
  • www.CatalogsCentral.com – A Valuable Catalog Information Resource Website.
    Click here to visit this site. 
  • AgriculturalLink.com – Directory information for Agricultural.
  • Agriculture Today – Directory of reviewed agricultural sites. Includes links to nurseries and greenhouses, seed companies, herb farms, garden supply, vegetable growers, landscape companies, botanical gardens, wineries, natural beauty, arts and crafts.
    Click here to visit this site. 
  • MILLICAN PECAN COMPANY – a large selection of pecans, nut shellers, pecan products and recipes.
    Click here to visit this site. 
  • SILOAM ORCHARDS – FRUIT TREE SPECIALISTS
    Click here to visit this site. 
  • The American Almond Products Company
    Click here to visit this site devoted to almonds. The visitor will find sections on nutrition and nuts; industry news; professional organizations and culinary schools; and links to nut related books and Web sites.
  • Badgersett Research Farm
    Click here to visit this site that specializes in woody agriculture theory and practice. There is much information about growing and managing hybrid woody crops, particularly hybrid chestnuts and hybrid hazelnuts.
  • The Helpful Gardener – all about gardening: rose, flower, container, Japanese and vegetable gardens.
    Click here to visit this site. 
  • Civic Garden Centre
    Click here to visit the Web site of the Civic Garden Centre in Toronto which features gardening experts and course and lecture lists.
  • Gardens Plus
    Gardens Plus is a perennial nursery specializing in hosta, daylilies, ornamental grasses and many others requiring little maintenance. We offer mail order as well as personal shopping in Peterborough Ontario Canada. Click here to visit the Garden Plus Web site.