Grading Sugar Snap Peas from Primo to Awful

I’ve found quite a bit of variation in the quality of seeds harvested from this last grow of Sugar Snap Peas.  Smooth, round and consistent color VS wrinkles, pockmarks and discoloration.  My prize seeds have an appearance of the seed in the upper left (labeled “A”).  And my scale, for this harvesting, goes from Grade […]

Salve making begins

The Borage and Calendula petals are soaking in Olive oil.  They get shuck once a day for about a minute. The oils between the two are definitely a different color.  Far darker on left and brighter on right. Plan is to soak these for about a month, drain and then add the oil to the […]

Alaskan Lupine growing in Oregon

The Alaskan Lupine is here to stay!  I purchased the Lupine seeds back in July 2017 from a grower near the mountain of Denali.  The plants floundered for the better part of the year and finally around June 2018 they put on vertical growth. I plan on harvesting the seeds to foster genetics that are […]

Results of feeding Borage plants pond water

Following up on an earlier post about gathering pond water for feeding plants.  Disclaimer: I wasn’t able to follow my plan of feeding the plants fresh pond water every night.  Fortunately though I hope the below animated graphic shows the depletion of nutrients at a very high rate (and onset of yellowing leaves).  Borage plants, […]

We have Bee residents!

We now have resident bees since making the Bee Condo!  I am suspecting multiple holes have wasps and a smaller bee (hopefully a Metallic Green Bee).  Here’s some images of the occupied cells: And a lovely image of a Metallic Green Bee:

Solar dehydrating Borage plants

I’ve been thinking about how to dehydrate the Borage plants for eventual salve making.  I wanted to be as environmentally conscious and use our Sun for the dehydrating.  This made me reflect on a design for a Solar Dehydrator in a book called Solar Gardening by Leandre Poisson and Gretchen Vogel Poisson.  There are many […]

It Will Not Resin (Just Yet)

Following up on a previous post about submerging flowers in resin and below is my experience.  I’m using Crystal Clear Bar Table Top Epoxy Resin and appearing that the warming process is causing the discoloration.  I found this article titled Pressed Flower Resin Tray Makes A Beautiful and Unique Gift by Patti Estep.  In here we see the flowers are […]

Benefits of worm castings

Following up on a previous post where I was adding worm castings to the top of the Borage plants.  Now I am immediately seeing a couple benefits using the worm castings: 1) Water retention and 2) Uniform surface absorption.  What I mean by second is that the uniform sized castings cause the water to drain […]