Cleaning Up The Garden and Planning (2018)

Hello hello!

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Spring is finally here up where I am in Canada. The tulips are pushing up leaves and the grass is turning green, and the snow is gone! Finally at last! It was a very long winter. Last week was the first week I began to rummage through the garden and clean it out. I find it always to be quite satisfying work while it lasts. And as I clear away the dead leaves and reveal the soil where nothing is growing and if filled with annuals I am starting to plan which of my plants that I have started indoors will be planted there.

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New Years Seed Sowing

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Happy New Years! I realize I forgot to say that in the last post. Sorry.  To bring in the new year I have begun to bring in new life! In the fall and before the holiday season I ordered perhaps way too many seeds for my garden next year. There are a lot of edibles in the mix, a lot more than last year. A lot of them are quite experimental at least for somewhere with harsh dry winters and is essentially a zone 3 at most. But I am determined to not let that scare me!

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Spinning With: Silk Noil and US Grade A Top

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Hello, today I am sharing more of my spinning fibres experiments. This time they are more experimental materials for me. I have no clue what I could or will use the silk noil for. I think I will probably weave with it, but made into what I am still unsure of. I would also have to spin a lot to be able to weave anything worthwhile with it. The other material is a blend, it is sold as US Grade A Top and I only bought one half pound bag. I like the blend but I am afraid I won’t have enough for any large projects, so perhaps socks. But enough about what I am thinking about making out of the wools and more about their qualities and what it was like to spin with them.

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Collecting and Storing Seeds

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Hello! This past summer-fall I have been reading about collecting seeds from plants as it extends the magic of plants as well as my involvement with them which is incredibly appealing to me. I have dabbled in collecting seeds a bit before. Last year I collected a few Sweet Pea, Snapdragons, and Lavender seeds. These were spontaneous collecting and I know that sounds odd, but I just sort of picked them up as I noticed that they were there in the garden. Or in the case of the lavender as I was taking the flowers off of the dried stalks I noticed small black seeds accumulating at the bottom of the dish So this year I tried collecting more seeds all in the name of amazement and magic!

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Non-Traditional Dye Plant Essentials

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Hello, in my last blog post I talked briefly about how for the last three years my garden has had the main focus of growing flowers for their dye results. I tested almost every flower in my garden, but especially the ones that were deep colours, and I have had some spectacular results as well as a lot of underwhelming ones. And I think I have come to a point where I can dial back the frantic obsession of trying every plant in my gardens dye potential as well as only buying plants that have intense colours for their dye potential.

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My 2017 Garden

 

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Hello everyone, where has the summer gone? That time just flew by. Also after such a long absence I don’t really know where to begin. I suppose I could start by saying that one of the reasons for my lack of posting this summer was because I went WWOOFing, which is basically a farm volunteer experience where you do labour in exchange for food and shelter. And that experience gave me some new perspectives and directions for the future. Anywhos’… This meant that I was away from my garden during its best show time. Which is generally June and the beginning of July, when the Irises and Oriental Poppies are abundant. And I don’t know if I could bear being away for that again. It makes me feel too guilty, as no gardener wants to truly miss out on their gardens peak, and this resulted in me feeling a bit less motivated when I came back.

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Natural Dye Samples no.10 of 2016

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Hello everyone, today I am back with the last round of three dye tests I did and let me tell you that it was definitely a battle of the yellows and golds. For this round of tests that I conducted I used mainly odds and ends of flowers that I had collected and dyed that I wasn’t sure what colour would become of them.

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