Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mugwort Magic

A gift from Jessica's garden, tons of mugwort which we thought were in bloom, researched, and discovered we had harvested loads of flower buds. Anyway, I used a portion to make sleep sacks for vivid dream recall, tea for overall health, and a tincture for topical salve. 








Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Go-Go Juice Spritzer by Jeff

Belated Summer Solstice wishes and a first ever guest post by Jeff! Jeff is my best friend and lives across the hall from me where he makes art, bread, and delicious cocktails. Click the link above to see his art. Here is his recipe for a yummy and refreshing drink:




-Place frozen strawberries in glass as ice cubes

-Add one-half bottle of ice cold ginger apple cider

-one (or two) shot(s) of ice cold gin

-Add club soda to taste

-With fresh mint, rub the rim of the glass and garnish

Switching it up is encouraged,  other types of frozen fruits, different flavors of cider,  or any light colored/clear liquor will make this refreshing drink your own. If you like your drinks a bit sweeter I suggest adding a brown sugar rim.



Photos by me, sipping by both of us. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Saquaro Project

Earlier this month I attended a field trip to the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, CA. Aside from driving up there in 2011 to take in the spectacular view of the entire East Bay west of the hills, I had never been. I couldn't resist buying my cousins science-related gifts....and one for myself: this Saquaro Cactus which sits in a stand, and absorbs terraforming solution from the bottom up. Within 30 minutes crystals were growing on this puppy, and the last photo shows what it looked like about 2 hours later. Amazing!! 




My information brochure tells me that the Saquaro Cacti, the tallest cactus in the world, grow in the Sonoran desert reaching 75 feet within 150 years. To scale, this makes my room about 1/18th of the Sonoran desert and just about as hot today. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Garden Update

We had such a weird and late winter this year, but somehow the spotty rain and sun last month, plus newly harvested compost, plus some attention made the garden explode! This is definitely the most production spring yield I have had at the HH. 

  

Avocado, self sprouted in the compost. It looks a little sad here because it was newly transplanted, but doing much better now. And a grape vine 7ft high with an overcast Oakland sky background. 


Large bed, tree collard, kale, nasturtium, lettuce, green onion, broccoli


Green amaranth


Sunflower sprouts! 


Rainbow bed, etc (clockwise from lower left pot): strawberry, pole bean, green onion, bush beans, kale, lettuce, potato, arugula, amaryllis, jasmine, ??, ??, onion


Amaryllis....almost there.....! And bean flower buds.


Arugula flowers


Monday, April 14, 2014

Saturday Afternoon

My Saturday went something like this:

Puppy


Pancakes (recipe here)


Puppy


Garden (link)


Puppy (link to photo)