A Good Read:
Why you can’t live without them
by B.C. Wolverton and Kozaburo Takenaka
As readers interested in food and remaining close to the land, I’m assuming that no one needs to convince you that we can’t live without plants.
Though as I watch friends decorate new homes and offices, it does appear that sometimes plants are an afterthought if thought of at all. This data packed read gives no shortage of information about why they are essential to our existence. The incorporation of plants into our indoor environments doesn’t just create a more cheerful appearance. The mere presence of plants has been proved to lessen environmental irritants, increase productivity in an office setting and reduce the cost of healthcare. Yet, often we shun them as being too difficult to care for.
Sure I’ve sent more than my share of philodendron to the compost pile, but this book produced after years of Wolverton and Takenaka’s scientific research is enough to cause the blackest of thumbs to quiver.
I received this lovely book from a regular reader, Joe Zazzera. Joe is the founder of Plant Solutions and known as a Guru of Green. His work to create healthy interiors with plants extends far beyond the interior design to the interior health of the building. And some of his creations such as living walls and cubicle overlays are absolutely amazing.
Good Food Blogs:
In food news, one of my favorite hometown bloggers, Modern Day Forager really dishes it up with this amazing salad. It’s easily converted to vegetarian. Browse the site and check out their staging and photos. Truly works of art.
Did you love the idea of the beet fritters from the pop-up dinner I attended? Kumi from Ruchikala tells all and shares her recipe here. This is a must for anyone who thinks they do not like beets.
And finally, a recipe that I am very excited about from Love/Hate Veggies; a new way to eat purslane. Many refer to it as a weed but this treat is packed with Omega 3s and worthy of your dinner table.
In Other Plant News:
If you take a cutting from a plant in a public place, is it wrong? That’s the horticulture ethics question being explored here.
During a time when genetic engineering is being so hotly debated, some scientists are working to create glowing plants that would eventually replace streetlights?
And, in an unfortunate turn of events, sales of pesticides spike in the U.S. as the mother nature and a corn menace known as the root worm does a clever maneuver to outsmart the genetically modified corn programmed to resist it.
Finally, here in scorching AZ, we are heading to some cooler weather. Stay tuned.
What are you reading this weekend?