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Potato Planter Bags

Potatoes don’t grow like other garden plants. Seed potatoes are planted in fairly shallow soil, then more soil is added as the plant grows up. The potatoes grow off the roots and stem of the plant, under the dirt. Because of their weird growth style, people will often plant them in buckets or ...

Tracy

Redmon Woods By Tracy I used to have sand and chlorine running through my veins. Now, it’s hay and mud. In 2013, my husband and I left the Southern California desert and moved to a cattle ranch in northwest Washington. We started slowly, but it didn’t take long to catch the ...

Garden Net Frames

We work really hard setting up our garden every year, and want to get as much out of it as we possibly can. Since we're on the edge of the woods, we have lots of little critters who love our garden as much as we do. We also have chickens that have been very helpful in getting our beds ready ...

Farm to Yarn: How to Process Raw Fiber Into Yarn

Have you ever wondered how fiber from an animal ends up as a sweater? I can now do all the steps from home – if my spinning was better, and if I could knit a sweater – so I thought I’d share how it works.When I first started spinning, I used roving. That’s fiber, all combed into one ...

Felted Soap

I've been looking at felted soap at craft fairs for a year, and wasn't sure it was something I wanted to try. After speaking to one of the fiber artists who created felted soap, I decided to give it a try. I Googled "felted soap" to get some ideas, and decided I wasn't quite ready for the ...

Easy-To-Make Soap, No Lye

I want to learn how to make felted soap. I'll probably practice with inexpensive, store-bought soap, but ultimately, I want to make it with homemade soap. This weekend I made orange-ginger soap, and by the time it's ready, in three weeks, I should have the felting part down.This year, making ...

How To Make Lotion Bars

With farm chores, gardening, working with fiber and playing in the kitchen, my skin takes a beating. Every time I walk through a door, I'm washing my hands. My hands get so dry, they crack until they're painful and bleeding.Lotion works if you can take the time to let it absorb, and don't mind ...

Needle Felting

When I heard our spinners guild was going to offer a needle felting workshop, I was really excited. And really intimidated. I didn't even really know what it was, but one of the members shared a piece she had done, and it was beautiful. I had no idea how I was ever going to learn how to do ...

Making Felt From Wool Batts

I have fallen completely in love with the fiber world. Aside from spinning, my new favorite craft is felting. It takes some time and muscle, but it's also very forgiving. Anybody you talk to in the fiber world will tell you there are no mistakes. Just own whatever comes out, and everybody will ...

Christmas Gifts From the Farm

When I was a little girl, my mother taught me that homemade gifts were extra special. We would design, plan and make gifts for family members at birthdays and Christmas, and I was always so proud that I was able to give something that I had made all by myself. I guess I never outgrew that ...

Marshmallows For Your Cocoa

Hot cocoa has always been a holiday favorite for my family, and the grandchildren LOVE marshmallows! I learned how to make marshmallows years ago, but had forgotten how easy they are. Since I'm on a homemade kick this year, I broke out the candy thermometer and got to work.It takes 20 minutes ...

Moving to the Other Side of the Rainbow

Once upon a time, we were a busy family, rushing through the days, and living life. With a blended family of four children, somebody always had something going on. We had marching band, theater, soccer, baseball, baton, pottery, volunteer events, swim meets and water polo tournaments, plus the ...