Category: NC
Nettles – a feast on the forest floor

Nettles – a feast on the forest floor

Stinging nettles have a bad reputation. This weed is common around the world, throughout Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and western North America, and because of its many uses, has been introduced elsewhere. Nettles are food, fiber, and medicine, and they have been used that way for centuries! Foraging and ...

Festival of Legends 2018: Tickets Now on Sale!
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Festival of Legends 2018: Tickets Now on Sale!

Pixie's Pocket will be appearing at the Festival of Legends 2018 in Apex, North Carolina again this year! Join us on the weekend of April 14-15, 2018 for the seventh annual event, and this year's theme is DRAGONS! The Festival of Legends is a fantasy festival that takes place over a single weekend. It is full of ...

Things I Love: Autumnal Sunlight and Sweet Water

Things I Love: Autumnal Sunlight and Sweet Water

The days are growing shorter, my friends, just as sure as my yard is a tapestry of crunching colored leaves. The air looks like the glitter filled daydream from the movie Legend, which is just one reason why I love the autumn season. There is something special about the sunlight in fall. The yellow is rich, like an ...

Kudzu Flower & Muscadine Wine

Kudzu Flower & Muscadine Wine

I went foraging in downtown Asheville, right smack dab in the middle of the city. Normally, urban foraging isn't my favorite way to gather edible weeds and fruit because of the traffic and residual pollution, but Asheville is lucky enough to have an edible garden, the George Washington Carver Edible Park. The park ...

Mystery tree – Identified as Service Berry

Mystery tree – Identified as Service Berry

Update! This tree has been identified as a Service Berry, thanks to Iela on Facebook.  In my meandering walks to and from work, I spend quite a bit of time gazing at the plants that surround me. From manicured lawns to huge, wild rosebushes that beg for pruning, to sprawling carpets of herbs and flowers, ...

Raised Beds and Making Do in the Garden

Raised Beds and Making Do in the Garden

Eric and I have been working on our rental property. We have been hemming and hawing and searching for a property to purchase for years now. We haven't found the right spot, and so we're still renting our current home. We haven't found our ideal homestead, and we're tired of waiting. We like living here pretty well, ...

Bees: More Than Honey

Bees: More Than Honey

What's the buzz? When you are planning your garden for the upcoming spring season, don't forget to make a place for the pollinators! Everyone's aware of the plight of the bees, and that's wonderful! People need to be concerned, because bees are much more important than just making the sweet stuff that we know and ...

Things I Love: The Dark of Night

Things I Love: The Dark of Night

International Dark Sky Places recognizes excellent stewardship of the night sky. Have you ever considered how important darkness is? For centuries upon centuries, our lives revolved around the natural light provided by our sun and moon. We rose when the sun beamed it's light onto our sleeping faces, closed our ...

Damson Plum & Muscadine Butter

Damson Plum & Muscadine Butter

Damson Plum on the tree (image credit Beka on Flickr) There's a lovely little spot downtown that I quite enjoy walking past as I head into work. It's an office in an old converted Victorian house, and they've planted the yard full of flowers, herbs, and even a lovely fruit tree. Once August began, I noticed that ...

A poem about March

A poem about March

A poem about March This is a snippet of sweet words that sprung, fresh-born, into my head on the way to work one morning.  I was fighting to keep my eyes on the road as I drove, enchanted by the silver spider webs that coated the light green grass - the sun shining there illuminated the entire earth into a manuscript ...

Things I Love: Asheville Bee Charmer

Things I Love: Asheville Bee Charmer

Recently I got the opportunity to provide some advice about methods of infusing honey with the wonderful Jillian of Asheville Bee Charmer - a delightful day surrounded by bee and honey related products, and a HONEY TASTING BAR. No kidding. I mean, really. Honey from Africa, France, Ireland, and of course, the ...

How to find your local beekeepers

How to find your local beekeepers

Buncombe County Beekeepers! I recently had someone ask me for help with finding her a few local beekeepers in her area. She wanted a source for local honey but was also interested in tending bees in her own backyard. She just didn't know where to begin with the equipment, climate, local laws and everything else! ...

Apple Picking & Processing 2011

Apple Picking & Processing 2011

I live in an incredibly beautiful and bountiful area.  Western North Carolina has so much to offer in the way of local, healthy food that I'm becoming quite happily spoiled by my diet.  There are hop farms for brewers, local bison ranches, and in Hendersonville, North Carolina, you can't throw a stone without hitting ...

Earth in her Self-cleaning Cycle

Earth in her Self-cleaning Cycle

The moon is waxing, closer now to full... There are daffodils swaying on the hillside, and lilies of some sort poking their green lances up through the clay... I woke to a birdcaphony earlier this week, and made a mockingbird mock my whistle three times! Therefore; tomorrow morning, bright and early, I am ...

Appalachian Spring: Plant Identification 1 (Solved)

Appalachian Spring: Plant Identification 1 (Solved)

Alright, so I am currently habitating in and about Enka-Candler, NC on the edges of the Pisgah Forest. It's a beautiful place, and I am really enjoying watching it wake from this long and very cold winter! There's a lot of plant identification to be done here, as many of these plants are new to me. We arrived ...