Barbolian Fields http://barbolian.com In support of useful plants and things handmade.... Mon, 21 May 2018 03:11:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 http://barbolian.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/cropped-cropped-cropped-cropped-Sunflower-draw-web1-e1360434730187-32x32.jpg Barbolian Fields http://barbolian.com 32 32 April Garden Survey: To Do or NOT To Do… http://barbolian.com/april-garden-survey/ http://barbolian.com/april-garden-survey/#comments Fri, 06 Apr 2018 20:30:33 +0000 http://barbolian.com/?p=7596 It's another drippy day in the Pacific Northwest. What to do ... or not ...  that is the question.

April is National Gardening Month. The blogs are full of To-Do Lists on what you should be doing if you had your act together (which is making this overachiever feel like a real slacker). What is truly feasible? How to find balance? Taking an April Garden Survey is a good procrastination technique. In this post, I explain my strategy for this year's garden (and for minimizing my workload) and take a look around at what is up and blooming.

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On the Wings of March http://barbolian.com/wings-of-march/ Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:45:18 +0000 http://barbolian.com/?p=7567 Walk along a soaked garden path in early March and what do you see? Raindrops, birds, insects, and the world waking up. So amazing, it drove me to write poetry. Herein a poem for March, the wondrous transformations in a garden, and the miracles of spring. They're everywhere. If we build it, they will come.

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Solexx Greenhouse Kit Sale! http://barbolian.com/sale-on-solexx-greenhouse-kits/ Tue, 06 Mar 2018 19:45:43 +0000 http://barbolian.com/?p=7504 [caption id="attachment_7514" align="alignright" width="350"]Solexx Conservatory kit The Solexx Conservatory kit is made for serious gardeners! Solexx Greenhouse kits are on sale through 4/15/18![/caption]

Adaptive Plastics, maker of Solexx greenhouses, is having a “tax refund” sale through April 15, 2018. As a Solexx Distributor, I'd like to pass the savings on to you. If you've been thinking about getting a greenhouse, now might be the time. In this post, I talk about how much I love ours and the pros & cons of the kit vs. the DIY route.

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Goodbye, Winter http://barbolian.com/goodbye-winter/ http://barbolian.com/goodbye-winter/#respond Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:30:26 +0000 http://barbolian.com/?p=7471 A gallery of winter scenes from the garden. Farewell, Winter. Tomorrow is Spring!

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Winter Berries: the Autumn Olive, aka Autumn Berry http://barbolian.com/autumn-olive/ http://barbolian.com/autumn-olive/#respond Fri, 29 Dec 2017 03:41:32 +0000 http://barbolian.com/?p=7334 Fresh fruit in late December! What a treat! Autumn Olive, aka autumn berry, Elaeagnus umbellata, is an amazing shrub. It is a nitrogen fixer, great for pollinators, and provides fruit when little else is available. The berries are high in lycopene and antioxidants and can be made into jams, syrups, elixirs, wines, fruit leather, tossed into baked goods, sprinkled on salads, or eaten fresh by the handful. I love this shrub. And the red berries beneath fresh snow are strikingly beautiful.

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The Power of Tea: Herbs for Coping with Grief and Hard Times http://barbolian.com/herbal-tea-for-grief/ http://barbolian.com/herbal-tea-for-grief/#respond Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:26:54 +0000 http://barbolian.com/?p=7245 There are times in your life when you are blindsided by events that turn everything upside down and inside out. The path forward is not at all clear; the only thing you know is that things will never be the same. This post is about how a cup of herbal tea can help us cope with grief, get some rest when we need it most, boost our immune systems when we are most vulnerable, and get ourselves recentered. We dedicate this post to the memory of our good friend, Andy, who was hit by a drunk driver. Please don't drink and drive.

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