Huckleberry, and other vacciniums… and How Cedar Plays an important role in their lives…

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huckleberryLeaf1Huckleberry plants love cedar trees. They love them so very much, that they grow their best in the rotting trunks and stumps of these beloved nurses. The cedar trees are so invaluable to indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Cedar is known to many indigenous groups as The Tree of Life. In the case of growing from its dead and rotting mass, this is how these lovely little hardy berry plants, known as Vaccinium parvifolium, are able to survive for centuries. This is the best place in the forest for them to grow and hopefully live a very long life, producing wonderful little berries that are filled with anti-oxidants and a bittersweet fruit that is such a joy to pick and eat. Vacciniums come in many forms… and this one is indigenous to the Pacific Northwest Coast which can be found in numerous indigenous groups/tribes/nations’ territories.

Without the wonderous nutrients found in rotting cedar, this little vaccinium would possibly cease to exist. The nutrients found in the rotting wood of the cedar provide this plant with everything it needs to survive and sustain itself. You will find numerous baby plants springing from dead cedar trees, as well as finding them establishing themselves within the trunk and roots of living cedar trees, and around the base of the trunks. When choosing to plant these lovely little gems in your garden, be sure to source out some rotting cedar tree to place around the roots of the plant, as well as dark rich soil. Keep it in a semi-shaded place, to allow it to grow at its natural slow pace. it takes years for huckleberry bushes to grow to a significant height. plants that are about knee high, are close to 10 years old. so consider this when planning your indigenous garden, and create space for ferns, as well as moss or succulents, to create a damp ground cover for their best chance of survival. Each of these plants will all grow well in a semi-shaded area, with a cedar tree placed somewhere in the midst. Or… if you live on the edge of the forest… please plant as many indigenous plants as you can. 🙂

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Published by: T'uy'tanat - Cease Wyss

Skwxwu7mesh/Sto:Lo/Metis/Hawaiian/Swiss Inter-disciplinary Artist Mediums/Formats: Digital Media Web Installations Public Art Community Based/Engaged Dialogues Storytelling Medicine Gathering Sharing Traditional Knowledge Creating and Building Communities Land and Wetlands Restoration and Remediation Collective and Collaborative Processes I am a mom of a lovely grown up daughter, [who is pursuing her life ambitions and passions], and I do a bunch of cool things that i dig. I like honest and passionate people who work hard at their goals and ambitions, and I tend to steer away from folks who are not pulling in the canoe , but rather just along for the ride. I am honest and I try to be humble, but I am human. I make mistakes and I learn from them and move on. I love plants. I love nature and all that we are gifted through Grandmother Nature and Grandfather Rocks. I am hoping to share information that I tend to share on a regular basis, about the work i do with plants. This includes forests and gardens, as I spend most of my outdoor time in these places. I spend as much time outdoors as I am able to. I work as an eco tourist guide in the spring/summer/fall months in the local forests and waterways surrounding Vancouver. My family is predominately Coast Salish, with Hawaiian roots from close to 100 years back. My father came from Europe, he is Swiss. My Indigenous cultural roots are my strengths, and I honour and feel ok about my European roots and draw positive elements from there too. I love all the culture in my life, and the unique histories stemming from each. I have lived a rich cultural life in my traditional territories, working, learning, teaching, living, gathering medicines, creating art, building communities, and striving for a better living in other ways. I have a creative soul and I live to create things.... both beautiful and not so beautiful. Complicated things and simple things. That is Art. It is a spirit that calls me and begs me to play at late hours of the night, or early hours of the day... or several days at a time. It is a big part of my soul. As is my inner Plant Diva.....I have a need to feed both these parts of my soul, and I hope this blog will help people learn more about why Mother Earth is so important, and how easy it is for us all to live better by taking care of our collective home and Mom, while taking care of ourselves. My wellness approach is simple... Love who you are and where you come from, and you will love where you are going. If you don't feel the love for yourself and your personal roots, or simply don't know your roots.... find the Love in Yourself. Redefine yourself and your world. But find your inner love, and feed it. And feed yourself while you're at it! Grow some food, barter for some food, make art, compost. and Please Help save the Bees and other pollinators. Thank you if you are already on top of it. I am a plant picker and grower and gatherer, so I started this blog as I have received so many requests from so many folks who have wanted me to do this for a long time. I hope you enjoy what I have to share. I do plant walks all the time, throughout the year and in many places. I see this is an online interactive medicine walk. I hope you enjoy the blog. And please consider booking me for walks and talks... I do interactive plant walks with teas before/during or after. :) my contact info is located below. Please leave comments and give me feedback. :) Peace out

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