naturally dyed yarn

Colors from the Garden: Growing Natural Dyes

September 17, 2020

How would you like to be able to grow your own colors in your yard? To have non-toxic, natural dye pigments for dyeing textiles, wool yarns, or even children’s art supplies and soaps? If you have a garden, chances are that there are already some plants there you could dye… Read more

Simple Herbal Remedies from the Garden

August 28, 2020

Making your own herbal medicine may seem daunting at first if you’re new to it. Medicine tends to seen as the domain of specialists — and for a good reason, as this year’s events attest. I’m not formally trained as an herbalist. I’m a gardener, a cook, and a maker,… Read more

Garden Tour Video

July 6, 2020

Welcome to the inaugural video garden tour of our urban homestead! Friends and family both far and near have asked me for a while to post a video tour of the garden. Here it is at last! On the video, I share how we transformed a 1/3-acre urban lot with… Read more

For the new gardener

April 18, 2020

Dear new gardener, If you’re planting your first edible garden this spring — first of all, thank you for taking this step. You’re taking responsibility for your needs and for your family’s needs. You’re taking responsibility for your food and how it’s grown, and that’s incredibly powerful in today’s world.… Read more

Fall Garden Checklist

October 17, 2019

When the harvest season winds down and the abundance of the late summer and early fall has been brought in, it’s the time to put the garden to bed. Here’s how to prepare your garden for the winter and for optimal vigor in the spring. Harvest the last of… basil… Read more

Play in the Dirt: The Potent Antidepressant Called Gardening

August 27, 2019

  Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.            – John Muir   A dear friend who’s going through a divorce and a lot of exhausting relationship drama has a place where it all dissolves and falls away. Her apartment building… Read more

The regenerative urban garden II: Sheet mulching

July 3, 2019

This is the second in a series of posts about regenerative gardening techniques. Read Part I on No-till here! If you’ve heard of permaculture, you’ve probably heard of sheet mulching. Sometimes it feels like the two are treated almost as synonyms: every Permaculture Design Course must include the initiation rite… Read more

The regenerative urban garden I: No-till gardening

May 16, 2019

I am an advocate of regenerative farming. But I am not a farmer myself. The piece of land I steward is 1/3 acre — still sizable for an urban lot, but laughably minuscule compared to what Real Farmers are working with. Yet, when I landed here last year and set… Read more