Cotton clothes are such a common part of our lives that we often take them for granted. However, if you are into local goods, local clothes are hard to find. You can fix that by growing your own cotton right in your garden! Of course, you will have to then learn so spin, weave, and sew, but those skills will come. Right now let’s talk about the growing.
For many years, gardeners have been incorporating peat moss into their beds. It fluffs up the soil, helps to retain moisture and adds organic matter. So what is the problem with it? The environmental impact — the peat that we use has been decimating the beds that it comes from. Yet, there is an alternative in coconut coir.
Before you go and grab a can of insecticide to kill those pesky yellow jackets have you considered the fact that they eat aphids, flies, caterpillars and grasshoppers? In many ways they are beneficial. Their omnivorous nature lends itself well to eating the soft bodied structure of the dreaded aphid for example. They also help to sanitize outdoor animal processing stations, eat rotting fruit and they help take care of carrion in general. Yellow jackets are amazing beneficial insects if you can stand them!
Have you ever thought of growing your own clothes? Now is your opportunity. Plant flax, the right kind of course, in your garden now and learn to harvest it and process it later in the season. Flax fiber becomes linen once it is spun. Once you have the linen thread/yarn you can knit with it or weave it into cloth. Learn the details of what variety of seeds to use and how to plant them.
Tips for choosing soil for raised garden beds; decreasing the amount of soil you need to buy or dig up; and keeping soil healthy.