Show Me Oz – Excerpted from the Introduction to my book, A Journey of Seasons: A Year in the Ozarks High Country
The Ozark “Mountains” are an anomaly – an island in a sea of plains, a bump in an otherwise flat road. When viewed from the air the folds and contours of the Ozarks resemble a human brain; an interesting comparison, since the Ozarks also represent one of the most ancient and diverse landscapes in North America. Among the unique and dizzying array of flora and fauna, caves, sinkholes, crystal clear springs and toe-numbing rivers is a rich and tangled history of human habitation.
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Show Me Oz – As a gardener, cook and herbal enthusiast, I am always on the lookout for new and interesting plants. Because my garden is relatively small, every single plant that makes it through the front gate either has to look fantastic, taste great or have useful healing properties. One plant that fits all of my criteria is Nigella sativa – also known as the Blessed Seed.
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Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz
Today is one of those cold blustery winter days that give me a good reason not to go outside. Instead, I’m cuddled up near the wood stove dreaming about seeds – wonderful, open-pollinated seeds devoid of genetic modification and over-hybridization. My seed dreams consist entirely of varieties that are either tried-and-true open-pollinated heirlooms or rare and unusual varieties of open-pollinated fruits and vegetables. Thankfully, those kinds of seeds don’t have to live only in my dreams because thousands of varieties of unique open-pollinated seeds are readily available to the home gardener – if you know where to look. Continue reading →