Category: Plants

Plant, harvest, forage.

A captured squirrel awaits release. 2

Dealing with Squirrels in Fruit Trees

Amid a sprawl of grassy lawns, our edible forest garden of fruit and nut trees offers sanctuary for insects, birds, and lizards. And squirrels. Squirrels weren’t a problem till the spring that they removed...

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Catmint

Common Name: Catmint Scientific Name: Nepeta mussinii Family: Lamiaceae Uses Culinary herb: Good for baking, cooking, and tea Nectary for beneficial insects Medicinal Properties Stomach relief Pest repellant Stress relief Arthritis relief Cough suppressant...

The hover fly, sometimes called flower flies, or syrphid flies, resembles a bee at first glance. A beneficial insect in the garden, its larvae feed on aphids. It is pictured here on a comfrey leaf. 0

Hover Flies

In their larval stage, hover flies keep aphid populations under control. As adults, they provide pollination services to flowers. The distinct coloration and patterning of hover flies makes them easily recognizable as bee mimics....

Assassin bug (wheel bug) on a red maple leaf. 0

Assassin Bugs

Assassin bugs are generalist predators that feed on a range of herbivorous insects as nymphs and adults. Avoid handling them, as they use their long beaks to inflict defensive damage. Common Names: Assassin bug,...

The two-spotted stink bug is a type of predatory stink bug (like the spined soldier bug), a generalist predator that feeds on herbivorous insect pests. 0

Predatory Stink Bugs

Predatory stink bugs, including the spined soldier bug and two-spotted stink bug, are powerhouse generalist predators in the garden, feeding on pests as both nymphs and adults. Common Names: Spined soldier bug, two-spotted stink...

Rosemary is a great plant to incorporate into a culinary permaculture guild. 0

Rosemary

Rosemary is a staple in any culinary garden. Used as an herb, rosemary offers a pleasant floral pine flavor, as well as a myriad of benefits to your overall health. Here at the Little...

Honeybees on southern magnolia blossom. 0

Plants for Beneficial Insects

We keep a list of plants that we work with as well as ones that we’d consider using based on their functions in the garden. The more habitat we create for insect helpers, the greater balance we...

Chickweed volunteers as a groundcover on the homestead. 0

Plant Inventory

At the Little House on Pine we try to identify every plant on our 1/4 acre lot. As we introduce new plants for food production and conservation landscaping, we prioritize with plants native to...

High in protein, the groundnut was an important food source for Native Americans. 0

Groundnut

A lesser known plant in edible landscaping, groundnut serves many important functions across three layers in the forest garden. Groundnuts like to climb and can clamber over unsuspecting herbaceous plants. Common Name: Groundnut Scientific...

A young New Jersey Tea plant gets ready for winter. 0

New Jersey Tea

As a native nitrogen fixing shrub with diverse functions, New Jersey Tea ranks among my favorite permaculture plants to fill out the shrub layer. Common Name: New Jersey Tea Scientific Name: Ceanothus americanus Family:...