Growing Color: Planning and Planting

Last year at our community garden harvest party I had a demonstration on cotton processing and spinning. It was a huge hit and it was wonderful to see so many people making the connection between the plants in the garden and the clothes they were wearing. This year I decided to do something in a …

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Cotton Processing and Spinning

Ever wanted to watch me talk about processing and spinning cotton? Well now you can! (Scroll down for a transcript of the video. ) The video above is a more condensed and organized version of the talk that I gave at the community garden harvest party. One of our garden members is a 4th grade …

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Herb of the Month: Basil (Ocimum basilicum) Part 1

Sweet basil, (Ocimum basilicum) is the most common variety of basil sold in the United States. While there are many other basil varieties, some closely related and some not, I chose to focus on sweet basil since I'm the most familiar with it. Sweet Basil Information  Size: Sweet basil can range from 24 – 38 inches (61 – …

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Herb of the Month: Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis)

January’s herb of the month is Bay. While there are several plants that are used as the “bay leaf” spice in cooking I’m going to focus on bay laurel (Laurus nobilis). This type of bay is also known as sweet bay. Laurus nobilis originates from the Mediterranean and can be grown outdoors in warmer climates …

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