Category: garden

Science of Plant Intelligence

Dr. Jon Lieff, a neuropsychiatrist, and geriatric psychiatrist teaches about microbes, neurons, viruses, and their intelligence. We are not the sole intelligent life form on this planet.

Have you ever had slugs laugh at you?

As a novice gardener, I first learned about organic gardening in 1972 from a friend, back issues of Organic Gardening Magazine, and a lot of experimentation. One of my favorite photos from our NE Portland home shows me grinning from ear to ear, carrying…

Talk with Your Garden

From the tiniest flower To the largest pumpkin, From the most ungainly weed Or compost microorganism To the hungriest slug, Every part of your garden Has intrinsic beauty, intelligence, and worth. Connecting with it Achieves balance And brings radiance to you both. Become aware…

Love and a Green Thumb

Many people complain–“I don’t have a green thumb. I can’t get anything to grow.” The charm and magic of a green thumb is cooperating with the intelligence in plants. Half is knowledge or information about the needs and cycles of plants. The other half…

Win-Win Insect Communication

Respectful Communications & Insect Cooperation It is becoming generally accepted that organically grown plants produce more phytonutrients and anti-oxidants in response to stresses. For a plant, stresses include being nibbled by insects. As a defense, they then produce higher levels of cancer-fighting and heart-healthy…