Cheatgrass

This week’s Weed – Cheatgrass ChiloquinNews article July 30th, 2012 Cheatgrass or drooping brome (Bromus tectorum), is a grass native to Europe, southwestern Asia and northern Africa. It has been introduced to southern Russia, west central Asia, North America, Japan, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, and Greenland. It was first found in the United…

Western Salsify

This week’s Weed – Western Salsify ChiloquinNews article July 23rd, 2012 Tragopogon is a genus of flowering plants in the sunflower family that has over 140 species, including the vegetable known as salsify, and a number of common wild flowers, some of which are usually regarded as weeds. In the early 1900s, three species native…

Bachelor’s Button or Cornflower

This week’s Weed ChiloquinNews article 16th July, 2012 Bachelor’s Button or Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)     Most people love this brilliant blue flower at first sight. So easy to grow, so beautiful in a vase, and so famous in gardens, it’s a flower many people really enjoy in their wild meadows. However, it is aggressive…

Fiddleneck

This week’s Weed – Fiddleneck ChiloquinNews article July 9th 2012       Fiddlenecks (genus Amsinckia) are in the family Boraginaceae, along with borage and forget-me-nots. Amsinckia contains some of the worst native weeds in the western United States, including A. menziesii var. intermedia (common fiddleneck), A. tesselata (devil’s lettuce), and A. lycopsoides (tarweed fiddleneck).…

White-stemmed Stickleaf

This week’s Weed – White-stemmed Stickleaf ChiloquinNews article July 2nd, 2012   Mentzelia albicaulis known by the common name whitestem blazing star or white stemmed stickleaf is native to much of western North America, where it grows in mountains and desert. It is found mostly east of the Cascades. The stems are erect and very…

Storksbill

This week’s Weed – Storksbill (Erodium cicutarium)  With all rain of the last few days this is the perfect time to pull weeds. In fact, some, like Storksbill are nigh on impossible to pull at any other time. This one hugs the ground tightly and simply breaks off if the soil is dry. Native to…

Gelatin

Gelatin is made up of collagen protein which has been broken into smaller pieces (peptides) so that they can be digested easily when eaten. Although gelatin is sometimes referred to as a low quality food protein because it does not contain all the essential amino acids, it does contain an exceptionally high content of two amino acids which play an important part in collagen formation; proline and glycine.