Old-fashioned lard soap

February 10, 2015

I was looking for handmade Christmas gift ideas that could use up some of the bounty from the farm harvest. I spent hours on Pinterest but it was a passing comment from someone on Facebook that reminded me of soapmaking. Light bulb! I’ve made soap! It’s not terribly difficult! And…I have about thirty pounds of Read more >>


July 27, 2010

Today I clipped herbs and dehydrated them in a solar dehydrator I rigged up from a mixing bowl and an antique wire-mesh colander. I then went to work and didn’t check them until evening, where I found all but the thyme burnt to a crisp. So…erm…I think tomorrow I’ll bake cookies in that thing instead. Read more >>

Evidence of Spring

March 22, 2010

I don’t know what these are. But they’ve taken over my backyard and I love it. The vinca is blooming. The peas are mostly surviving the daily attacks by various local fauna. Daffodils are like little bits of sunshine. This wasn’t so long ago. But we’ve moved on to better things. Josh has already shaved Read more >>

Spring fever

February 15, 2010

There’s nothing like an entire month of being snowed in under gray skies to propel me outside for seed starting after three sunny days in a row. I spent a happy hour digging in dirt and here’s the earliest of what is sown: Red Hamburger Onions (these probably have a real name, I call them Read more >>

Seed Inventory 2010

February 7, 2010

January and February are seed catalog and seed starting months. We’re at high altitude with a weird growing season and issues with pests, so my previous years of gardening have not been as productive as I’d like, though still satisfying because face it, playing in dirt is fun. So I sat down today and went Read more >>

Late spring moan.

May 28, 2009

I’m exhausted. That’s all there is about me. I’ve been doing various things to fight it since wintertime, iron supplements, eliminating coffee, sleeping regularly. Still tired. On to the stuff I’m growing at the moment (with lots of pictures): My neighbor gifted us with an EarthBox and a handful of plants to use with it Read more >>

Indoor Urban Gardening

April 30, 2009

This post about last year’s eensy window garden was mentioned at Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchn. That’s one powerful windowsill! The pics below are going to be used in a book on urban gardening by Spanish publishers Ormobook.

A Week in the Life

April 1, 2009

On the cusp of releasing our first iPhone app and the new IF, so inspiration and motivation have been keywords to get me through the final stages of these projects. This week I am inspired by: 1) Masanobu Fukuoka’s One Straw Revolution (making seedballs from my Freedom Seeds – support the Soil and Health Library Read more >>