American Ginseng & Companions (PDF)

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Lots of full-color photos and little bit of prose celebrating the unique ecosystem of an American Ginseng habitat in the Arkansas Ozarks. 77 pages long, size is 8.5″ x 11″ to allow for easy printing at home.

The paperback edition is available from most retailers.

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More than 70 photos of woodland nature, American ginseng, ginseng habitat & companion plants!

This is not a “how to” book. But if you’re trying to identify American ginseng and the habitat it prefers, this book is a valuable resource. With more than 50 photos of the plants, and the most common look-alikes that grow in the same environment, it will help you to identify the kinds of places your wild or wild-simulated ginseng will thrive.

What are the plants that grow in a ginseng habitat?

This book shows many of the ginseng habitat companions, also called “ginseng indicator plants”.

Celebrate the Beauty

So many of the plants that grow in the same ecosystem are fragile and beautiful. Many are rarely seen outside of the specific conditions that support the growth of plants such as ginseng.

Dutchman's Breeches, one of the plants from an American ginseng habitat.
This is a sample of a page from the book showing Dutchman’s Breeches, one of the plants from an American ginseng habitat.

Become a habitat steward

If even one tree is removed from an ecosystem such as this one, it impacts so much. Ginseng cannot live in bright sunlight, and neither can many of the other plants that inhabit the same space.

It is possible to restore a former habitat to conditions to support and encourage regrowth. Plants and seeds can be spread to repopulate the forest.

This book will help you to see how the environment should look – how the ground cover looks, what plants grow there, and impart a sense of familiarity with the unique space called an American ginseng habitat.

These photos will cultivate a sense of awe and wonder at the ephemeral beauty that lives in an American ginseng habitat.

American Ginseng & Companions testimonials page.
You can download and print your own with my PDF file, but paperback and e-book is available from most retailers. Click the photo to find one!

First Hunt by Ima ErthwitchPredator and Prey, or the hunter and the hunted is a common theme throughout my fiction writing. No Qualms, one of my short stories (free at most retailers) is about about a predator/prey relationship. Symbiosis, my first finished novel, not published yet, deals with predator/prey relationships and the balance of energy among life on earth, sometimes symbolic and often outright. Many of my flash fiction stories (I have twitterfiction and 100-word flash stories) are also dealing with this same dynamic. This is a strong theme that runs through most of my fiction and is strongly influenced by life in the wild Ozarks where we live. My first published novel, First Hunt, also has a predator and prey theme to it. I guess it's just part of my nature.

Nature Farming

Wild Ozark is 160 acres of beautiful wild Ozark mountains. I call what I do "nature farming" because the land produces, all by itself, the shagbark hickory trees, ferns, moss, ground-fall botanicals, and the perfect habitats for growing and stewarding American ginseng. I'm co-creating with Nature - all of the things I use to make the Fairy Gardens and Forest Folk, the bark we harvest for Burnt Kettle's shagbark hickory syrup, are produced by nature without my input. This land is my muse for inspiration when it comes to my writing, drawing, and photography. It's truly a Nature Farm.

About the voice behind this blog, Madison Woods

I'm a creative old soul living way off the beaten path with my husband in the wild Ozark Mountains. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making crafty things and newsletters, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.


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