gardening

Asheville Herb Festival 2014

Asheville Herb Festival 2014 This year was the 25th anniversary of the Asheville Herb Festival.  I have attended every year but one...

Growing Potatoes in Containers: An Experiment

I recall my grandfather growing potatoes in the garden when I was a kid.  He was recently retired and happily industrious in the backyard of...

Growing Onions from Scraps

Regrow Spring Onions from Scraps I may never buy onions again. Growing Onions from Scraps is easy! It has been over...

Soapwort Recipes: Green Cleaning from your Garden!

Soapwort is a versatile plant and it is easy to grow, harvest, and use around the home. It will clean skin, lace, quilts, hair, bodies, even household...

Planning the Garden – 2014

I walked around my yard this weekend during the one hour or so of sunshine, and it was wonderful.  I brought a notebook and pen,...

Putting away 2012 – Tomatoes and Cherries

A Busy Kitchen, by Amber ShehanCandle-making, honey jars, tincture jars, tomatoes, drying herbs, and more! Phew...it is hard to find time...

May and June 2011 Growing Update…

Lavender in May, Image by MSP Ok, so we put our tomatoes out way too early...but we were given leggy tomato...

Circle and Circle and Circles again…

What a month it has been...camping, festivals, dear friends visiting my home and looking to put down roots in these sweet mountains.  There's been patterns...

What’s Coming Up in my Garden?

Spring is close...everyone that I see is big-footed and falling over themselves in a state of twitterpation. We had a lovely, loud rolling thunderstorm last...

Learning about Native Appalachian Plants and Herbs

Amber by Modern Scribe Photography Howdy, everyone...I hope Spring's been keeping you as joyfully busy as it's been keeping me! Between...

Mid-April Gardening Update

Well, it's been a beautiful couple of days here in Western North Carolina. The sun has been warm, and the breeze cool - the perfect...

I Love Spring!! An April To-Do List

April is here, and the Pisgah Forest is verdant and buzzing with life. The grass is growing, the earth is warming, and the mockingbirds and...

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...

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...

Making Suet – a recipe for your feathered friends!

*shiver* It's cold, outside. I can feel it leeching through both of the double-paned windows and clinging to my joints...pooling like a fog on the...