Kyle Emory

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since Jan 26, 2015
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Grew up in Oregon. Spent some years teaching abroad, but moved back to Portland and bought an old house with a big yard. Currently working on a few projects in the yard...
Portland, OR
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I've never used coloring for an earthen floor, but I've used this company's pigments for adding color to lime plaster. They have a range of different products from more raw, unprocessed ochres to oxides with "higher tinting strength and opacity."

I haven't used either of these products personally, but here were two black colors they carry:
https://www.earthpigments.com/vine-black-pigment/
https://www.earthpigments.com/black-iron-oxide-pigment/

Also, I second Robert's sentiment and would love to see the final result!
4 months ago
I use a "safety siphon" all the time for my rain barrels and such. They are super easy to use, just put the metal end in the tank and jiggle it - there is a little marble on a spring in there that lets water go only one way.

1 year ago
According to this post, Chilean Guava can be propagated easily without rooting hormone.
Hello, I was wondering if anyone could help me ID this plant.
2 years ago
Yes! Thank you, I do remember spreading seeds of that; I need to keep better records of all that stuff!
Thanks again, it was driving me crazy trying to remember that!
2 years ago
Hi there, I have a bunch of these coming up around my yard. Hopefully they are from seeds I scattered but forgot about and not some super vigorous weed that will take over my whole garden.
Thanks in advance!
2 years ago
Fermented cucumbers are always great, but another, more recent favorite of mine is pickled green tomatoes.
I was introduced to the idea by my wife who is from Romania where this is a popular type of pickle. It's a great use of fruit that doesn't ripen before the end of the season and very delicious -- especially when you throw a slice or two of fresh horseradish root into the brine.
2 years ago
This is a fun and short documentary called "Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers" about garlic and the culture and people connected to the plant: https://vimeo.com/111386326
3 years ago
When my father-in-law came to visit from Romania a couple years ago, he picked up a couple lovage plants at the nursery telling my wife and I that it was a necessary herb for the garden. Well, his two-month visit ended and while my wife can make a good Romanian ciorba-style soup with lovage, it's not something we eat all too often so we had to figure out some different things to do with all the leaves the plants are producing this year.

We have tried it in different things and have found that it can be very good as a parsley substitute in tabouli-style salads. Mixed half and half with mint, was what worked best for us. Lovage has also worked well as a pesto and in pico de gallo (although the lovage flavors can be quite strong for these two uses and could be used in conjunction with other herbs to suit your taste).
Making a lovage simple syrup is also a good way to quickly use up a lot of leaves and is really refreshing mixed with some cold mineral water.

I've actually added a couple more lovage plants to the garden this year since I've found it to be so useful and easy to grow.
3 years ago