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As typical for many gardening and crafting processes, some of my ‘projects’ take place over many days, weeks or months. To keep things simple I will update posts as necessary when there is new information, rather than always creating a new post. 

 

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Anyone growing woad plants probably knows that they are also prolific seeders. The flowers are really lovely and I have no problem with them seeding everywhere but it did seem a waste not to harvest the bountiful dangling seeds. I’d heard that the seeds contained …

March has been wet. Very wet. A couple of light frosts but really it feels as though the winter is done and spring has well and truly arrived. The garden has really kicked off and it’s noticeable how many invertebrates have appeared, and so far …

As you might expect, February 2024 was pretty grey, pretty windy, pretty wet and a little cold. We had a couple of frosts here in Gloucestershire but nothing particularly severe or prolonged. However we have a couple of those spring-like days that make you dash …

After almost a year’s wait, I finally unleashed a solar dye pot that had been brewing in the greenhouse. Using ivy weeded from a friend’s garden, I decided to save the stems for basketry and use the leaves in a dye pot. I’d heard somewhere …

January is usually a variable month in my part of the world. Sometimes it can feel like the true winter it really is, with continuous frosts and snowy spells. Other times it feels more like a dreary November: wet and windy and grey. Well this …

Japanese wineberries Rubus phoenicolasius are a species of berry, native to Asia, in the same family as blackberries and raspberries.   I introduced one to my garden in the winter of 2022 for several reasons. The main reason was that it bears (reputedly delicious) fruit. The second …

My woad plants were somewhat neglected this year. They mostly went to flower and then to seed, growing about 4ft tall and attracting all manner of insects to their yellow flowers. I collected the seeds as I have read that you can get a dye …

19-20 August 2023 This weekend was extra full of crafts and fibre-y goodness.   On Saturday, my local Guild of spinners, weavers and dyers had their annual garden party. This involves a fleece sale, raffle, shared lunch, quiz etc and the usual society business and …

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