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Natural Dye Kit - Fun for Homeschool - Easy instructions, great dyes, lots of fun for science class or homeschool! www.homesteadlady.com

Natural Dye Kit Fun for Homeschool

Natural Dye Kit - Fun for Homeschool - Easy instructions, great dyes, lots of fun for science class or homeschool!  www.homesteadlady.comI’m reading Chris McLaughlin’s book A Garden to Dye For and I’m on this natural, plant based dye kick!  For our homeschool science fair this year we did a project that explored natural dye – dyes made from plants.  I’m learning there are a lot of plant dyes I can make from things growing in my yard but we needed a high volume of dyes all at once for this and since I didn’t know what I was doing, I needed some mentoring.  Enter – Natural Dye Kit Fun For Homeschool! Continue reading “Natural Dye Kit Fun for Homeschool”

Happy Father's Day from all of us at Homestead Lady - www.homesteadlady.com

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father's Day from all of us at Homestead Lady - www.homesteadlady.comHappy Father’s Day to all the men out there – yes, whether you have children or not.  Hey, if Eve could be the mother of all living before she’d ever birthed a child, then surely Adam was the father of all living before he had one of his own.  So, here’s to all of the men, the real men with real hearts and minds.  Happy, happy father’s day! Continue reading “Happy Father’s Day”

Weeping Mulberry flop

In the interest of full disclosure we are introducing a new category to the Homestead Lady website – Homestead Flops.  Let’s face it, it’s in my nature to learn through mistakes; to borrow from Ms. Frizzle, we “take chances, make mistakes, get messy”!  Sometimes the stuff we try doesn’t work, or doesn’t work the way we think it will.  Sometimes we just don’t have time to complete all the projects we start.  Sometimes, life happens.  So, here it goes…

mulberry flopA few years ago we purchased a two year old Weeping Mulberry tree for the our children’s garden.  The thought was that we could create a fun, hidden entrance – something akin to The Secret Garden.  Usually, Weeping Mulberry works wonderfully for that.  As the tree grows taller, you simply keep staking the trunk straight up, letting the branches weep down at will or staking them out a bit to form a dome.  Over time, as it grows, it creates a lovely, leafy umbrella for your kids to play within and under which to have secret fairy meetings.  Plus, since ours is female it produces delicious, dark purple berries that are so yummy.

Well, the truth is, I simply lost track of what I was supposed to be doing with that tree and never did stake it until just this year.  The trunk has already begun to put on width and has started to bend over despite it’s only being three feet tall – too short to be weeping already!  Not to be daunted, I got a nice, strong T-post and a good, thick nylon cord and have been pulling that tree back up towards the sun.  Eventually the poor dear will straighten out and put on a little more height, at which point I will finally let it weep without interference from me.mulberry flop 2

It will be more work and take longer but at least this flop can be fixed.  Too many projects, so little time.  Ah, well.

For more information on Weeping Mulberries you can visit this link from gardenguides.com and this one from Raintree Nursery, where I purchased the Mulberry.