Rhododendron syn. Ledum palustre is a Eurasian relative of famous labrador tea (Rhododendron groenlandicum). Leaves of the plants that grow in Estonian marshes are tiny comparasing to the one growing in Greenland and North America.
As the plant has so many names it must´ve been used frequently by all the natives in those regions where the climate and soils are challeging for all living beings. In Estonia it´s called “sookail” or “päävalurohi”(head ache medicine). … More Päävalurohu smudge sticks
I visited Aivi(78) on an exeptionally warm autumn day. She is an author of various herbal medicine and natural dyes´ books. She used to be a teacher of natural sciencies) in a local school. Aivi has been drawn to a forest as long as she remembers and still feels that working around plants is very … More Living with the rhythms of nature
I woke up at 5 because of bright light shining in through the curtains. I looked out and everything was white. Not just frosty. It was goor almost 5 cm snow covering the garden and I couln´t sleep on any more and went for a walk to check if the berry shrubs are still alive. … More Snow…oh NO
Recently while I was on a forest walk I noticed something green from the distance laying on the ground. It is not that warm yet and the leaves aren´t open yet, neither it didn´t seem to be moss or plastic waste brought by last autumn´s storms. I walked towards the unknown green object and kneeled down to get a better look. It was a typical glass coffee jar, which I had found couple of time earlier too. Some Bolivian coffee jars with faded but firmly stuck lables, which don´t come off with any dishwashing liquid are still in use. … More A green gift on the shore
March is the month of spring and time for sowing seeds, at least indoors or in a greenhouse here in northern hemisphere. I don´t have one yet and therefore I decided to create a mini version out of old cd-cases. … More DIY mini greenhouse
It is not difficult to create a natural garden on the balcony, even for beginners. First aspects to consider are the temperature and light conditions. You might see the sun only for a half day on the balcony, like I do or perhaps it´s constantly shady there. The trick is to find suitable, preferably native plants or seeds. If the balcony is on the sunny side it might mean that the concrete walls warm up and hold the heat for a while meaning that the growing season can start earlier and last slightly longer. … More Wildlife garden on the balcony