Author Archives: Mulysa

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.

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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    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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Flowers for fall

My little friend Florence asked what flowers she can plant now to make fall flower arrangements for her cottage industry. Sounds way cooler than a lemonade stand, right? From seed, there are a few quick-growing annuals that germinate in warm … Continue reading

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My Meadow

The little meadowscape test plot I seeded in February is blooming! I used a seed mix of specifically Willamette Valley native flowers and planted a few species from pots including Roemer’s fescue, Western milkweed, Douglas aster and meadow strawberry. So … Continue reading

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Gathering Season

The June rain has made all the herbs lush and it is time to harvest. Today I picked hundreds of just-opening calendula blossoms to dry for use in herbal bath mixes. I’ve cut Moroccan mint, my favorite for tea, and … Continue reading

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Sustainable Overlook Garden Tour 2014

Saturday, June 28th 10 am to 3 pm Suggested donation $5 Proceeds benefit the Pesticide Free Neighborhood Project Details at This year I’m co-coordinating this inspiring event but taking a break from showing my own garden. I can recommend … Continue reading

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Meadowscaping tour

Here are images from last week’s tour of urban yards planted with Willamette Valley natives. Parking strip meadow A test plot seeded two years ago with ‘Tough and Tenacious’ mix, a low-growing mix of 15 Willamette Valley meadow species, plus … Continue reading

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