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Mountain Mama's Musings

Alpine Cottonwood Bud Harvest

  This is the first plant that I have wildcrafted since we made the move over to the other side of the state.  Cottonwood bud harvesting...

DIY: Chickweed Salve

  We just pressed more chickweed (Stellaria media) oil this week.  This is the time of year that chickweed would appear in our greenhous...

DIY Vanilla Infused Oil

The flower pod of a tropical orchid, also known as the ice cream orchid, the scent of vanilla is so pleasing and truly a gift from the tropics! We ...

Plant Speak: Yarrow

  I remember one of the first amazing experiences that I had with yarrow. I went out to Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City to celebrate the summer ...

Plant Speak: Cottonwood Bud (Populus trichocarpa)

   When I moved all the way to Seattle (ha) from the Portland area, and would journey home, the first glimpse of all the giant cottonwoo...

DIY: Calendula infused oil

We have had a few requests for this article on how to make your own calendula oil from one of our first newsletters. So here it is! The plant tha...

Lady Violet

My friend and neighbor, Karen Farmer stopped by to get some eggs and brought me a miniature bouquet of fresh-picked violets. What a gift! She sai...