Winter Gardening

We started a garden in our backyard at the beginning of September, shoveled out, spread with compost, and encircled in bamboo fencing. Our neighbors had a large tree from their yard chopped into mulch, and we were able to cover the entire plot with the most local of garden toppings. The heat of Austin summerContinue reading “Winter Gardening”

Dyeing with Plants

I first tried natural dyeing with avocados since this dye requires very few materials and very little time to produce a lightfast, wash fast vibrant color. The pale, dusty pink came out beautifully and quickly led me towards other dye materials. Edible and Useful Plants of the Southwest Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona by DelenaContinue reading “Dyeing with Plants”

Harvesting Garlic Chives

I spent one evening in October clearing out a container bed in our patio which had been overrun with a many years old stand of garlic chives. I processed the garlic chives, washing, chopping, and wrapping them to freeze. Garlic chives are easily propagated using their rhizomes, so I broke apart each one, saving someContinue reading “Harvesting Garlic Chives”

Making Mugwort Tulsi Salve

We harvested fresh Mugwort and let is sit in avocado oil for a full moon cycle or about a month. The tulsi blend was added to some olive and coconut oil and let it slowly heat without boiling for at least an hour. These two oils were strained and melted together with beeswax so itContinue reading “Making Mugwort Tulsi Salve”