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Picture of Russian River WatershedOn  February  3-4, 2021, the Russian River Watershed Association hosted a two-day online event, Rehydrating the Russian River Watershed: Moving Towards Regenerative Landscapes with Didi Pershouse and Walter Jehne, renowned Australian microbiologist and climate scientist. I was able to catch some of this live and watch the recordings.  This is excellent information! I would rate Jehne as one of top people in the world today elucidating restoring soils, landscapes and ecosystems and how vegetation affects regional climate and microclimate.

Watch the videos and view other resources on the Russian River Watershed Association's website: Walter Jehne offers examples of successes from around the world in rehydration of landscapes, restoring regional rainfall, and flood, drought, and wildfire prevention.

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I noticed that Walter Jehne had included information on wicking beds so I sent the url to my friend Phil Small, who is one of the leaders in developing wicking beds in the semi-arid Columbia Basin. He critiqued Walter’s info and Walter might want to look at Phil’s comments.  Which follow. 

"Capillary bags and self-watering planters are such a good idea for urban areas and other harsh environments. To be encouraged. The actual wicking bag design in the diagram has 2 technical problems. 1. unaddressed need to manage the tendency for standing gray water from going anaerobic in the water pillow. And 2, the design needs a drain. Rain can fill a bag with water. Plus wicking beds have a knack for building up salts (some research I read). Mine do, salt inflorescence is visible, and I don't even use gray water which would add to the salt accumulation. If rain isn't enough to flush salts, I get to flush it with a hose. Drain location, size and decant elevation all affect performance related to water logging and salinization. I expect once a person has grown in a wicking sack for a few seasons, that person will figure all this out and more without much effort.

"Failure is an essential part of learning, to be embraced, even pursued in some measure, not feared. Once one learns first hand how wicking sacks fail, it's pretty easy to come up with ideas to accommodate salt buildup, and the tendency to go anaerobic, any number of ways to pull it off.” 
    --Phil Small.


Plant Cunning Podcast with Michael "Skeeter" Pilarski

Plant Cunning LogoEpisode 18: Michael "Skeeter" Pilarski
Produced Feb 3, 2021

We talk with esteemed permaculturist Michael Pilarski about Bill Mollison, science & "woo", working with nature spirits, "Restore the Earth" party, restoring the earth, and making money from growing herbs in a regenerative way.

Plant Resilience. Plants Wisdom. Plant Plants. This podcast, hosted by Isaac Hill and A.C. Stauble brings together a network of people wise to the ways of plants, fungi and the natural world to explore the Mysteries of Nature. We invite herbalists, ethnobotanists, farmers, mages, fungi experts, community organizers and all kinds of other interesting people to the microphone to share their wisdom and experiences with us. The Plant Cunning Podcast bridges different worlds, makes connections, inspires and at times blows our minds while we explore the underlying theme of working with Nature.

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1000 Crops for Northwest Growers

Some Crop Categories and Crops

For North Temperate Climates

Friends of the Trees Society, February 18, 2015 Version

Compiled by Michael Pilarski for the workshop series

1000 Crops for Northwest Growers

Over 1,800 crops listed this edition. There are over 125 crop categories listed here with 40 of those being medicinal herb categories.
This list was drawn up with the Inland Pacific Northwest in mind. Most of the plants listed here are hardy to zone 5 or colder.

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