Beth Arthur

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since Feb 04, 2013
Madras OR 6A on the dry side of Cascadia, 2300 ft
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I also agree with Xisza about learning to like bitter.  It can be learned, but I recommend going slow.  Start with a little bit of dandelion in a lettuce salad and gradually increase.  I'm at 1/3 bitter greens to 2/3 mild in my salads. I can do 1/2 and 1/2 if there are avocados or I use a creamy dressing. The bitters are why the salad course is served first. They get the digestive process reved up.
3 months ago
I have noticed that avocados and creamy salad dressings take the edge off bitter greens.  
3 months ago
If the rooms you are thinking about get sun every day, you might consider thyme instead of moss.  Elfin thyme and creeping thyme feel wonderful on bare feet. I have concrete stones covered with these two varieties. Thyme doesn't grow fast, but spreads very year.  It's tricky to grow from seed, which is probably the only way this project would be affordable.  I've always planted starts, cut them in half.  Worth trying from seed.  Thyme doesn't need near as much water that moss would and it handles light traffic well.  I wouldn't try it in a kitchen, too much traffic.  Very interesting idea, you've got me thinking about using it in rooms that transition from indoor to outdoor.
4 months ago
My go-to source for high quality, always reliable tools is [url=leevalley.com]Lee Valley Tools.   Hand tools for gardening, woodworking and  kitchen, along with fine hardware. Anyone else have a source that you truly trust? They don't carry Fokin hoes yet.
8 months ago
If I also add a demulcent, how would that affect the drying actions of bitter herbs?  Thank you for the link to your website. It's on my "favorites" list.
11 months ago
Dr Tilgner,
I have come across several sources that recommend bitter herbs for digestion.  Bitter herbs are usually drying and cooling and I already run cold and dry.  What herbs that are warming and moistening assist digestion.  What herbs that are more neutral assist digestion?

Thank you for all the time you have taken to answer questions on this site.
11 months ago
Are there any permaculture farms or intentional communities in Northern California that could benefit from the addition of a retired couple?
4 years ago
Excellent point. Even of the extracts only one of several studies indicated a problem. Personally, I will continue to use green stevia.

Thank you for the correction on the glycosides and for upgrading the science of this discussion.
4 years ago
"..a comma in the right place." In a discussion about diabetes we don't want unnecessary comas.
4 years ago
The importance of punctuation. The next to last sentence makes much more sense with a coma in the right place.

If there is no kind of sugar to process, the insulin is still doing its insulin thing.
4 years ago