Common names Mukunuwenna, sessile joyweed.
South East Asian recipes use the young shoots of the Mukunawenna plant as a vegetable and it is technically classified as a microgreen. The taste is considered to be somewhat bland, but the leaf is very rich in iron, vitamin A and dietary fibre. The rich nutrient levels have resulted in Mukunawenna being considered a valuable survival plant
Other traditional uses include treating water retention, intestinal cramps, diarrhoea, dysentery, and externally as a cooling agent for fevers. Above all else, Mukunawenna is considered to be a good general tonic, valued for cooling the body, promoting energy and strengthening the nervous system and the eyes.
I knew the local Chinese here boils them as a cooling soup.
So nice to get help today from volunteer Janaki, who started clearing our T1 Terrace. And, of course, it's a pleasure to hang out with Shinagawa-San again! After 3 months away from the farm, there's a lot to do - but we can always rely on Shinagawa-San to keep us refreshed with his homemade teas, ice-drop coffee and ice-creams! Arigato Janaki & Shinagawa-San!
As requested by @digitalrayray, rooftop permaculture tips and tricks! ⠀
When space is an issue, a rooftop provides a sunny spot to grow your foods. One way this can be accomplished is through potting. Even vegetables can do wonderfully in containers. All that matters is how it’s done.⠀
First, wooden containers do best. They allow the roots to breathe, drains water if it becomes too saturated, and stops roots from rotting. You’d want to keep in mind the type of vegetables you’re planting in which pot. Root veggies do better with more vertical space, since they need to dive down deep. Vegetables like lettuce, however, need room horizontally, to grow outwards.⠀
It’s also important to have well draining soil. Since a rooftop will keep your plants well saturated from rain, you want to gather this rainwater as well as keep excess from destroying your garden. A potting mix that contains a light and absorbent material such as coconut fiber, or even crushed up dry leaves from your doorstep will stop your soil from breaking down and will also keep roots from crowding at the bottom of your containers.⠀
Onto water retention. We’ve already covered rain barrels, which should be your main source of water for your plants. You can collect this and irrigate it through PVC piping build into each wooden container. Holes drilled into the areas of PVC that run through the bottom of each container will allow water to trickle through and water plants where they need it most.⠀
Want a more in depth explanation on potted permaculture?⠀
Our blog and website is set to release by next weekend, stay tuned for more!⠀
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Good to be back on the farm in HK today, after being away for the summer. It was overgrown as expected, but it should be back to normal soon. The nursery terrace, where we'll start growing some of our veggies in pots and trays while we get the rest of the terraces ready, is mostly clear already.
The overgrowth is great biomass actually, having captured the sun's energy for 3 months. We can add all that new nutrient content back to the soil by 'chopping and dropping' and piling it around the base of fruit trees i. e. It will provide natural, free, fertilizer for the trees. Bonus!
MadMax Garden Chronicles 🍃
Only two things to do with a weekend harvest like this:
1. Make chive onion lemon zest pesto to toss with shrimp & spinach fettuccine.
2. Replant onion stems and hope that YouTube was right about regrowth.
Check out our story today to see a yard transformation in action! This residential install features 3 huge self-watering gardens raised up on legs, a floating deck, a live edge cedar bench, and a wheelchair ramp. Our client was so excited to grow, she planted everything up the next day 🌱
Rooftop garden with some edible flowers like violas is on point! My personal favourite ➡️ nasturtiums 🌸 what’s your favourite edible flower??💐👨🌾👩🌾 #edibleflowers
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Our July 13 Garden Masters Series program "An Urban Oasis in the Sky—Rooftop Gardening at its Finest" includes stunning views of #Chicago from an extraordinary garden wrapping around a penthouse home on East Lake Shore Drive. Noted landscape architect Maria Smithburg and Dirk Denison Architects worked with the owners to transform over 4,000 square feet into inviting outdoor dining and sitting areas defined and animated by large trees, shrubs, perennials, seasonal plantings, and the owners’ important sculpture collection.
Begin with wine and hors d’oeuvres and tour the garden with its owners and Maria Smithburg. Maria will discuss her efforts to balance the desires of her clients, rooftop structural constraints, and needs of the plants to create a landscape that is beautiful and livable, sustainable and hardy, on a harsh but magnificent site high above Lake Michigan.
Advance registration is required and space is limited. See https://www.gardenconservancy.org/…/garden-masters-series-a… to register!
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They say actions speak louder than words, and in place of doing an intro (which I don’t like writing about myself anyway), I want to challenge you instead.
This year try to grow something.
or get to know someone who grows something.
buy your food, your soap, your pants, your spoons locally.
learn a skill.
or recycle or compost or do something actually earthly🖖🏼. Why? ⬇️
Because first of all, it’s cool.
You can take a tiny seed and make tomatoes, or herbs, a BEAUTIFUL flower or whatever.
Second of all, this place needs more people who can say “I know how to do that skill”, “I can grow that for MYSELF”, or “I (legitimately) KNOW-a-guy/gal.”
Thirdly, I mentioned this a few days ago, and it’s really not that far-fetched:
What are you going to do if the oil stops? The grocery store closes? The power goes out? Cell phones SHUT OFF. 😱
We get hit with these crazy storms and just the most basic fact that they are commonly occurring makes all of those things possible at the very least.
If you can’t do any of these things that’s alright too, but I encourage you to hit up a farmers’ market or small local business and support your actual community. Spending some of your money there, instead of at Wallyworld, actually makes a big difference for someone!!!
and impacts the almighty dollar, changes demand, initiates restructuring of industries, politics, economics, environment 🔄 ... (and on and on and on). #eggs#fresheggs#freerangerggs#gardening#farming#growyourownfood#homesteading#urbangardening#rooftopgardening#backtotheroots#selfreliance#sustainableliving#chickens#chickensofinstagram#poultry#newengland
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via @lovely.greens "My greenhouse is looking really crowded these days! Tender plants need to hang on for May 15th before it's safe to plant outside on the Isle of Man. Some of the others can go out this week though including the cabbage plants I just bought. I grew two types of Cauliflower, a Brussels sprouts, and Purple Sprouting Broccoli from seed. The idea was to trade my extras against cabbage but no one took me up on my offer for a swap. I got some in the end though.🌿"
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