Testing… 1…2…3

Don’t mind me, I’m just trying to fix my broken blog. If you see this post, then that means I was successful! No more forced trailing slash in my .htaccess file, that’s why.

WordPress should have sent out a public notice to everyone that if you have trailing slashes forced in your .htaccess file, then Gutenberg won’t work for you. Gutenberg forces the slash itself so you don’t need the code and it must cause a conflict somewhere that keeps the posts from saving or updating.

Grrrrr! It was so irritating to have to dig so deeply to find that clue, but I’m glad the mystery and headache is finally solved.

It worked!

So, I want to update and refresh my blog with a new theme. I’ll be testing a few out over the next few weeks to see which one I like, so bear with me. I don’t have time to break the site again right now, though, so I’m going to stick with this one until after the South x Southeast studio tour at the end of March.

Nature Writing at Hobbs State Park

join us for a nature writing workshop at Hobbs State Park with Madison Woods
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This is a past event. If you’d like to book a workshop like this one, email [email protected]

Nature is a treat for the senses but sometimes it takes effort to get past the immediate sensory input and experience a deeper relationship. Madison Woods will lead the class on a voyage of listening, looking, and feeling for connections that transport. The class will include an optional easy nature walk, a communing exercise, a discussion and practice of nature translation through words, art, and photography.

Join us at the Hobbs State Park for a Nature Journal Writing Workshop!

Date: Nov 22

Time: 1 pm to 4 pm

Where: Hobbs State Park, 20201 East Hwy. 12 , Rogers, AR 72756

Cost: $15

Bring pencils, camera, notebook if you can or want to do some hands-on writing, drawing and photography. I’ll have a few copies of the nature journals I’ve designed on hand for $10 ea, if anyone wants to buy one of those.

Click here to register.

Sponsored by :

Village Writing School
Eureka Springs School of Literary Arts
479-292-3665
177 Huntsville Road
Eureka Springs, AR 72632

Autumn sunrise shining through Gloria's leaves.

bloodroot flowers

Potting up Goldenseal

This is my beautiful workspace today where I’m potting up goldenseal, trout lilies and trying in vain to find any of the previously potted ginseng seeds sprouting. Wild Ozark potting table

I’m thinking this year is going to be a poor one for new ginseng. That’s going to be a hard hit on our new Wild Ozark Nursery, unfortunately.

However, I should still have plenty goldenseal, bloodroot and trout lilies to bring to market on April 21. And of course, I’ll have copies of the American Ginseng & Companions DVD’s and USB’s, along with my other books Sustainable Ginseng and the DIY Ginseng Habitat Assessment Guide.

And I’m putting companion plants in the side pockets of those strawberry jars with a ginseng plant on top. This is an experiment, but I hope it works and the plants like growing in them because I think it would be a great market item if they do well.

Potting Goldenseal

Today’s main goal was transplanting the goldenseal that I dug yesterday into pots so I can bring them to market. The tops aren’t showing above-ground anywhere yet, but the unfurling is quietly beginning beneath the dead leaf cover. If you’re planting them in the ground, the steps are the same, just skip the pot.

potting goldenseal step 1
Fill the pot 2/3 full.

Potting Goldenseal Step 2
Spread out the roots on top of the soil. If it’s a large rhizome, the root should be mostly horizontal with the bud pointing skyward.

Potting Goldenseal Step 3
Cover the roots but leave the bud exposed. When you’re done with this step, cover the pot and bud with crumbled dead leaves.

Here’s some of my other posts to do with goldenseal and other herbs:

 

Other Plants Sprouting and Unfurling or Blooming in the Nursery

The blue cohosh seeds appear to have sprouted, at least, and the bloodroot is already up and blooming. And the Dutchmen’s Breeches are blooming, too. It’s too bad these won’t be still in bloom by the time the market starts. I’ll have to print and laminate a picture of them so people can know what to expect if they’ve never seen them before. The bloodroot might still be in bloom, but maybe not.

Blue Cohosh seedling
The blue cohosh seedling is unfurling.

 

Mayapple Unfurling
Mayapple Unfurling

Dutchmen's Breeches blooming
Dutchmen’s Breeches blooming

bloodroot flowers
Bloodroot flowers

Merry Christmas 2014

It snowed yesterday. That’s a cluster of frosty snowflakes in the picture there. Not too many stayed around long enough to get a photo, but it was pretty for a little while.

photo of snowflake on christmas eve at wild ozark

We’ll miss the family and friends who are unable to join us today. Merry Christmas wherever you are!