. . . of what I’ve been doing the past few days.
The gorgeous magenta juice I got out of the prickly pears is no longer magenta. It’s this: I had it sitting outside on the patio to stay warm so it wouldn’t mold. It stayed beautiful for quite some time, and then overnight the color vanished. The only explanation I can think of is that it […]
Our next-door neighbor has a patch of prickly pears. He planted them so he wouldn’t have to water or mow that corner of the lawn, but he’s never eaten or done anything with the pears. Opportunity!
From left to right: Ammonia and pennies, vinegar and pennies, avocado peels-n-pits. These were started at the beginning of July and let to sit outside for about thirty days. I thought I had a picture of the copper jars after I got the pennies out, but I can’t find it. So you’ll have to trust […]
First dye experiment: black bean soaking water. I used two pounds of black beans from the local Sprouts, soaked them overnight in just tap water, and then poured off the water and let the yarn soak in that for about three weeks on the front porch. The beans themselves got cooked and pitched into the […]
While other people were preparing to be Raptured, I was preparing to dye. I decided a while ago to try copper-penny dyeing, as something to hold me over until all my plants grow up. Instructions on the internet are multiple and don’t always agree, so I decided to take the basics (copper, acid/base, time) and […]
Several weeks ago, when Sadie had her paleontological adventure in our backyard, I planted a hop. This is not a skeletal hand holding a stick. It is a hop rhizome, or an underground section of stalk that’ll become a clone of the plant it was cut from. Hops are generally propagated from rhizomes, since only […]