Category Archives: Plant of the Day

Resilience Design

Hello! I’ve moved my landscape design pages over to Resilience Design.com.┬áCome visit me there. I’ll continue to post here about art making, homesteading and botany adventures. ~Mulysa

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Acorn Woman

A sketch for a painting. Pencil on graph paper. 8.5 x 11″

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Storytelling and Permaculture in the Siskiyous

If you are in Southern Oregon or would like an adventure, here are upcoming offerings from the Siskiyou Permaculture Institute. If you can’t make the trip, you can hear some of Hazel’s stories on the Siskiyou Permaculture website. Every year … Continue reading

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A Native Living Roof

Visiting Permaculture teacher and consultant Tom Ward/Tomi Hazel’s ┬áhouse was a highlight of the Optical Surveying course. Here I’m checking out the living roof, planted with Siskiyou native succulents. These stonecrop (Sedum) species are those evolved alongside native pollinators and … Continue reading

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New Tools

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Optical Surveying

I spent last week in the Siskiyous with a small band of designers, builders and farmers learning how to read the landscape with analog tool, improved vision and ecological awareness. Here are a few images from the course.

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Go oaks!

My last few weeks have been focused on Oregon white oak, Quercus garryana. Did you know that much of the Willamette Valley, including Portland, and the Columbia River Gorge were once home to oak savannah and oak woodland? These incredibly … Continue reading

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Farming with Friends

A couple years ago I helped my friends Kjell and Kim get started gardening in their back yard in Northeast Portland. They were enthusiastic and had a great first year, but life intervened the next season and it got away … Continue reading

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Harvesting

    This time of year, a few times a week I do a big harvest of ripe veggies for canning, drying and freezing, and then the pick greens and herbs we need for meals daily. I realized the beautiful … Continue reading

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Pickled Beets

  It’s time to harvest beets and make sweet beet pickles! They are a pretty addition to an appetizer tray, are great in salads with blue cheese and walnuts or just for snacking. I use the 1967 Ball Blue Book … Continue reading

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