Gardens & Ecology

Container Gardening

Even if you don't have much space, you can still make a green oasis at your home. Ceramic & plastic pots make great places to grow the garden of your dreams. In fact, some herbs prefer growing in containers! In this post I am going to share some of my favorite container plants and how… Continue reading Container Gardening

Gardens & Ecology · Herbalism

Hawthorn :: and other medicine for the Heart <3

All my fellow herbalists residing in the northern hemisphere are surely enjoying the abundance of flowers and herbs this time of year (spring). Personally I've been up in Oregon visiting family, going on walks around my mom's favorite trails of her childhood. On any walk I always take along a cloth bag and trimming scissors… Continue reading Hawthorn :: and other medicine for the Heart ❤

Gardens & Ecology · Herbalism

Herb Gardening — growing a backyard apothecary

Calendula plants & valerian growing in filtered light of the front yard. I'm "home" - in the suburban Californian landscape of my childhood. Being here again, after a couple years away, has fueled a desire to reconnect with this land and get started on gardening projects right away. In my garden in Argentina I usually… Continue reading Herb Gardening — growing a backyard apothecary

Gardens & Ecology

Fall Garden Journal :: harvesting beans & grains

March, April & May are the months of harvests here in Argentina. Here it is fall. The nut trees have ripened and so have many grains in the garden. This year we had a good second year with corn and also experimented growing amaranth and beans. The first year growing any grain is usually mainly… Continue reading Fall Garden Journal :: harvesting beans & grains

Gardens & Ecology

Common Pollinators :: the life cycle of Bumble Bees

Summer flowers are blooming their last colorful flowers and I am so impressed with how well the zinnias did this season, despite having planted them so late. And also impressed with all the pollinators they attract especially larger insects like these bumble bees. I will certainly be planting more zinnias (both wild & garden variety)… Continue reading Common Pollinators :: the life cycle of Bumble Bees

Farm Life · Gardens & Ecology

Garden Journal :: the transitional time

Just a week after the equinox I sit in the garden surrounded by pots and type out this blog post with the help of my cellphone. It is officially fall in the Southern Hemisphere and although the weather is getting cooler, gardening is far from over. Fall is a great time to plant and grow… Continue reading Garden Journal :: the transitional time

Gardens & Ecology

Garden Journal :: landscaping w/ hand tools

In a recent post I mentioned that we recently acquired a lawnmower to keep the grass low in certain areas around the farm. In that article I mentioned that we also picture a horse on these lawns and fields but forgot to include other tools we use for landscaping. I also use a diversity of… Continue reading Garden Journal :: landscaping w/ hand tools

Crafts · Gardens & Ecology

Crafting with Herbs :: making dry bouquets

There is a special magic intrinsically linked to the beauty of plants, especially when arranged in bouquets or decoration. Personally I love to make and dry bouquets to enjoy in future months or to burn as incense. In this blog post I will share with you the process of making herbal bouquets with two very… Continue reading Crafting with Herbs :: making dry bouquets