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Edible Flowers

Many of the flowers that grace our yards are edible.  They can be used as accents in a salad or as garnish on a main dish. Here are a few of my favorites: I like to use chive flowers in salads to lend a slightly onion flavor.  Here’s a recipe for omelets with chive flowers. Lavender cookies are […]

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Lavender Wands

I love lavender!  I use it in cooking, sachets and many other ways.  The flowers on my bushes are just beginning to bud out now; over the coming weeks I will share some of my favorite ways to use this versatile herb. Here is how to make lavender wands.  These make great gifts and can be […]

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Here’s how to make another type of basket! Starting First cut slits in four of the spokes in the center of the spoke. Next make a slant cut on the ends of the non-slitted spokes so it is sharp and pointed. Slide the cut end spokes through the slits in the other spokes. This basket […]

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I just trimmed my redwood dogwoods to get basket making supplies and decided to use the larger branches to make a border for a flower and herb bed.            

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This post is one of the most popular on the site. Over the years I have made necklaces from stones collected on both coasts and they remind me of the trips. Here are step by step instructions for making necklaces from small stones. A few tools can make the work go quickly. To start you will […]

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Calendula Cream

Calendula’s blooming so it’s time to make soothing cream.

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Right now is a good time to harvest garlic.  Braiding it then hanging it in a cool, dark place is a great way to store it for later. First dry the garlic until the leaves are limp and the outside of the bulb is getting papery. Gently brush off the dirt and trim the roots off.  […]

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Darn That Sock!

“Oh there’s a hole in my sock dear Liza, dear Liza…”  Wait, wrong song but the hole definitely is in my daughter’s sock;  we’ve all moved to mainly wool socks and with each pair running about eighteen dollars it’s time to darn that hole. First turn the sock inside out and put something round into the […]

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Every urban farmer should have at least one bean necklace for that perfect agricultural fashion accent.  Right now is a great time to harvest those end of the season beans and get crafting. Here’s how: Many colorful varieties can be used and you can do patterns with solid color beans. I like using pliers to pull […]

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If you’ve ever handled black walnuts you know how well they can dye your hands, countertop and many other things you may not want a deep brown color.  Dark brown yarn is lovely. The first step is to carefully harvest your walnuts.  I always use gloves to do this as the fruit is a bit […]

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