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Hand Sewn

I haven't written little about pollinators nor gardening lately. The weather is cold and the nights freezing, so there really isn't much to report about the garden. Instead I have been working on my sewing practice. I don't have a sewing machine. I work totally by hand and with the simple tools of scissors, needles,… Continue reading Hand Sewn

Gardens & Ecology

Pollinators of the World : Painted Lady Butterflies

Dama Pintada in Spanish, also known as the Brazilian Lady :: Vanessa braziliensis. These butterflies are active all year, even in winter. I spotted this beautiful butterfly basking in the sun a few days after the winter solstice (~ June 22nd) here in Argentina. Like other painted lady butterflies this one is migratory and common… Continue reading Pollinators of the World : Painted Lady Butterflies

Farm Life · Organic Gardening

Garden Journal : winter and rest

Images from the winter garden: - June & July are the coldest months here in Argentina. Not many plants survive these frosty times but I go out into the garden daily to appreciate the plants that are there: lemon balm, lettuce, swiss chard, kale, and nettles. Most often I spend my gardening time adding layers… Continue reading Garden Journal : winter and rest

Gardens & Ecology

Study Materials for Inspired Gardeners

In my last post I discussed a food forest / garden that I have helped out with over the years. This post I wanted to share some of my favorite podcasts on the topics of ecology & permaculture. Hopefully these will inspire you as much as they inspired me: Sustainable World Radio Gardening, herbalism and… Continue reading Study Materials for Inspired Gardeners

Gardens & Ecology

Food Forest :: a never ending work in progress

I have been blessed to have had the chance to be a part of two food forests in the past few years. One of them, the forest garden I will focus on for this blog post, is a collaborative garden in my parent's backyard. Over the years my mom and I have planted a small… Continue reading Food Forest :: a never ending work in progress

Herbalism

Harvesting and Making :: creative ways to utilize your herbs

During long walks around neighborhoods and gazing into front yards I have noticed something - a lot of people are growing herbs. Rosemary, Oregano and Lavender are all common plants in this dry climate and all are flourishing during summer but, I am not so sure how often people are actually using the herbs they… Continue reading Harvesting and Making :: creative ways to utilize your herbs