Growing At-Risk Medicinal Herbs, Cultivation, Conservation and Ecology

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9780970031211: Growing At-Risk Medicinal Herbs, Cultivation, Conservation and Ecology
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This book is about plant conservation through cultivation. These plants are becoming rare because their native habitat is shrinking and because they are challenging to grow. Growing "at-risk" medicinal plants depends on conserving or creating the environment that harbors them. It is my sincere hope that gardeners and conservationists will use this book to help preserve wild places and as solid ground for fostering and protecting our irreplaceable native medicinal plants.

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Beautiful, powerful and increasingly rare native medicinal plants are among the most valuable life forms remaining on earth. It is now up to gardeners everywhere to foster, protect, conserve and utilize this great diversity...

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One late evening in July I was weeding among the corn plants out in the garden. In the western sky, a portentous, red-clouded sunset slowly gave way to a sparkling crescent moon. In the eastern sky, gathering storm clouds shuttered the glowing stars, sending a grumble of thunder across the mountainside. My hands felt their way between the turgid cornstalks, fingers pushing through a light crust into the still-warm depths of the soil. The roots of the manure-fed crab grass stretched as I pulled, then came free with a satisfying, muted sound of tearing. I shook out the dirt and tossed the weeds on the path behind me. Pushing the newly loosened soil back around the corn plants, I left in my dark wake a perfect row, free to grow and buttressed against the wind. A frog tuned up in the nearby pond. I stopped weeding, gazed again at the moon and realized that it is through nurturing the soil and growing plants that we humans can return to the earth a little of what we owe. I found myself at that moment in balance with all life and happy to be alive. Those of us who have the opportunity to garden are truly blessed. May we all find ourselves in the garden, and dedicate our work to the benefit of all beings.

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