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Dyeing yarn with plants

My first attempt at botanical dyeing was a flop, though fun. avocado This wool yarn...

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Dyeing cloth with avocado

We enjoy living in avocado land, and eat them most days. We’ve been trying to...

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Tea garden

I’m trying not to put much time (or water) into gardens these days it’s not...

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Contraband rhubarb

We snuck some contraband over the border on our last crossing but I don’t feel...

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Noche Buena

I always assumed poinsettia was a Christmas flower because the colors are right. And I’m...

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Missing the green

I believe it used to be that green, but I barely remember. When we got...

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Butterfly food and babies

Not only do the caterpillars depend on milkweed as their sole food source, adult monarchs...

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Winter weeds

Winter brings a new menu of weeds to El Terreno. These are the ones we’re...

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Dry season thorns

I’m learning to appreciate the shades of green we see in patches during this dusty,...

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Desert mountain flora

Now that the landscape is bleak, the ground is dusty, the plants are bare, the...

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More flowers of Mexico

In the part of central Mexico where we’re living we see some of the same...

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Life went on

We spent a month in the US visiting family and life went on in El...

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Chayote culling

Remember when we biked home with bags full of pears, as payment for permaculture consulting...

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Flowers of Mexico

I can’t wait to flood your feeds with better pictures of flowers, now that I...

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Orchids

Morelia’s orquidario is worth a visit. Especially when the rainy season’s gloom is getting you...

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Quelites

What grows in the semi-arid climate and depleted soil of El Terreno? Weeds. What’s a...

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Terminal bloom

Agave is a fascinating genus. Know why some people call it century plant? There’s a...

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What planet is this?

When we hike up the hill in the mist we end up on another planet....

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Cosmos

September is wildflower month in and around Morelia, and the cosmos are astounding! Even Puki...

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Corn smut

Cuitlacoche or huitlacoche is a delicacy. It’s not recognized as such by most US Americans,...

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Predator gallery

Grasshoppers, chochos are turning all leaves into lace. (Did you ever notice that tatting becomes...

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Prickly pears

Resilient, independent, delicious, nutritious, evolving prickly pears. Not just a plant - a role model!...

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Who is the cutest pest in the garden?

Turtle? Is it some form of ladybug (and therefore welcome) or some bad tortoise bug?...

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Gallery of pests (and predators?)

Our garden’s most UNwanted pests (I think - please correct what I got wrong): aphids...

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Infestation

For a couple months I’ve wondered why flies lay eggs in our clothes. We keep...

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Swale success

The swale is working! Look at that water, slowed, sunk and supporting a green belt...

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Garden gallery

The three+ sisters gardens are working out well. We’re eating lots of beans and squash....

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How to make squash pancakes

These days we’re eating squash pancakes, which means we get vegetables and comfort food in...

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Level ground

We live on a hillside so we’re digging swales. You might want to do similar...

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Swales

On a hillside in a dry climate, rainwater can slide so quickly that it doesn’t...

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Pretty in Pink

El Terreno is pretty in pink. This land is slowly returning to “normal” after decades...

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La Milpa

The three sisters have so many siblings! Have you heard of three sisters gardening? Corn+beans+squash,...

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Mass murder

Whoever thinks organic farmers are touchy-feeling pacifists doesn’t know any. There’s a lot of killing...

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Then and Now

We arrived late in the dry season and three months later this place has bloomed!...

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Greywatering

We’re caring for about 50 trees on this 1.5 acre plot. Throughout the dry season...

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What is permaculture?

And why El Terreno Reverdercer? Re-green (verde=green en español) Revive Reanimate This spring we moved...

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Root bound

I’ve been moving trees. Trees that are failing to thrive, and a few that look...

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