Eating cleavers, cranesbill, dock (young leaves sparingly), dandelion, and young blackberry leaves in May and June in Salem, Oregon.

Young leaves of the dock plant harvested for smoothies and for drying. … More Eating cleavers, cranesbill, dock (young leaves sparingly), dandelion, and young blackberry leaves in May and June in Salem, Oregon.

OK, I think I am straightening all this out.

My “Paradise Petting Farm” website is found at http://www.paradisefarm.sitey.me   It is still under construction but you can see some of the things I am going to be offering. This website, micheleballantyne.com , my WordPress site, will remain my blog place and my art place. My “Survival Skills” website is under construction and will be … More OK, I think I am straightening all this out.

Red Dead Nettle (Lamium purpureum) compared to Heal All (Prunella vulgaris)

Red Dead Nettle The plant on the bottom front of the pile in the photo below is from my yard and is called Red Dead Nettle, like the plant in the photo above. The first time I saw this plant in my yard I became curious.  Was I seeing the little plant that is so … More Red Dead Nettle (Lamium purpureum) compared to Heal All (Prunella vulgaris)

Glorious Dandelion!

I don’t believe I’ve ever seen as gorgeous a dandelion as this one right here. A volunteer in my small raised garden I’m grateful this enormous dandelion showed up. Hopefully the seeds of this huge plant will spread all over my garden, Providing me with lots of super nutritious greens. There are many dandelion look-alikes. … More Glorious Dandelion!

Spring Greens

I wonder . . . when our ancestors spoke about spring greens, did they mean these? No need to wait for your garden to come up when you have plantain, clover, dandelions, and heal all look alike: Purple Deadnettle – Lamium purpurem (also edible).  Also in this bunch are a few greens I kept covered … More Spring Greens

Planned workshops have passed. If you are interested in a workshop, please communicate with me. There is a workshop questionnaire on the workshop page.

Wet Felting Workshop — Passed I love felting and I love teaching others to felt!  It is very relaxing and fun!  I am offering several workshops as the holidays approach. Each participant will make a personally designed super soft merino and silk scarf or wrap.  I provide all the materials as part of the workshop … More Planned workshops have passed. If you are interested in a workshop, please communicate with me. There is a workshop questionnaire on the workshop page.