Name This Weed and Win . . .

mystery weed

. . . bragging rights. Extra points for telling us the scientific name.

I think it’s some kind of geranium and it’s been sprouting up in the backyard for years every winter. If allowed to grow it puts off small, uninteresting flowers.

I’m hoping it has rare pharmaceutical value. Then I could offer better prizes on Root Simple, like an all expenses paid trip to East Hollywood.

Picture Sundays: Superbowl Edition

treshombres-669x333 It’s the time of year when my in-box fills with misguided attempts to get me to blog about Superbowl snacks such as a bag of chocolate covered pretzels that looked like–there’s no nice way to say this–a sack of humanure. In response I’m posting, for the second year in a row, the gatefold of the ZZ Top album Tres Hombres. No snack stadium could possible out-compete this Texas sized combo platter. What are you up to today? Watching the game? Preparing for the next arctic vortex/drought? Reading homesteading blogs? Constructing a lacto-fermented snack stadium?

Saturday Linkages: Can We Please Have More Underpass Chandeliers?

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Ballroom Luminoso: Ugly freeway underpass beautified with recycled bike chandeliers : TreeHugger http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/ballroom-luminoso-underpass-converted-bike-chandeliers-joe-oconnell-blessing-hancock.html …

Yes, the farm bill is politically corrupt. Veto it! http://goo.gl/fb/vhLtK 

What’s wrong with an ugly winter garden? http://gu.com/p/3mb4a/tw 

The secret light of plants by Elizabeth Licata http://feedly.com/e/_hlIqNZG 

California Legalized Selling Food Made At Home And Created Over A Thousand Local Businesses http://onforb.es/1e8mNCY 

Massive Water Reduction http://feedly.com/e/v787ggKN 

Fodder System Updates http://feedly.com/e/dKXb-Y-Q 

It’s Not the Snow, It’s Not the Politics: Blame the Car-Dependent City http://gizmodo.com/its-not-the-snow-its-not-the-politics-blame-the-car-1511337035 

MyFigueroa! Needs a Hero as Livable Streets Villains Line Up Against City’s First Cycletracks http://la.streetsblog.org/2014/01/29/myfigueroa-needs-a-hero-as-livable-streets-villains-line-up-against-citys-first-cycletracks/#.UumqSw7MlPw.twitter …

Extra Virgin Suicide: Olive Oil Corruption Slide Show http://nyti.ms/1f7yHcI 

Black Bean Soup http://feedly.com/e/lPhvrdNB 

Meet the Bakers: Louie and Clinton Prager http://feedly.com/e/KsUR-_dv 

Poultry Show Common Sense http://feedly.com/e/YNk88kWG 

Bee Colony Adapts to Human Environmental Impact by Using Plastic to Build Nests http://inhabitat.com/bee-colony-adapts-to-human-environmental-impact-by-using-plastic-to-build-nests/ …

Thin Wall Earthbag — 10x Faster than Typical Earthbag http://feedly.com/e/ulUxRdow 

Fantastical Garden Images

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Sudama bows at the glimpse of Krishna’s golden palace in Dwarka,. ca 1775-1790

Not to contribute to the dreaded analysis paralysis, but this Pintrest collection images of fantastical gardens– from medieval sources to contemporary artists–may inspire your own garden, or at least give you a good dose of winter inspiration.  Well worth a peek. Thanks to BoingBoing for the lead.

Sauerkraut demo at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Photo: Library of Congress

Photo: Library of Congress

Fellow Master Food Preserver Shelley Marks and I will be doing a sauerkraut demo this Sunday February 2nd at the Hollywood Farmers Market. We’ll make the kraut at 10 am and 12 pm. Between the kraut demos we’ll be sitting in the Master Food Preserver and Master Gardener table to answer questions for the duration of the market. Please drop by and say hello! It’s freeeeeeeeee!