Wendy Boardman

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since Jan 31, 2018
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Life long gardener of food stuffs & flowers. Crazy about raising chickens & ducks. Self taught fiber artist & handmade crafting. Student of natural healing. Retired from professional baking.
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Just a quick note everyone. I had found the most amazing 'treasure' a few days ago. My grandsons had just finished eating Pink Lady apples. They brought me the cores. So I cut them open and found this!
2 years ago
OH did someone say seeds!! There can never be too many seeds 😀 I have a huge apple tree & a few pear trees that needs a friend. There is plenty of places to plant most anything or a new kind of squash. I have numerous raised boxes, the front yard, back yard. Or just about any where on our big yard of close to 2 acres. I know I could find a place for them to grow.
Just had to share my apple growing with everyone. It's one of my favorite seeds to sprout. Whenever our grandsons finish one of their favorite apples they give me the seeds to plant. I had successfully transplanted a Red Delicious , a Granny Smith & a Pink Lady. A very hungry rabbit got to them all this past winter. Ate the Granny Smith to the ground!! The others were over 3 yrs old., and had never been bothered by any varmit! Great news, the Granny Smith has survived and has many new leaves!! Now have a newly sprouted Gala apple to replace the Red Delicious. Later this year I am starting lots of transparent apple seeds from my own tree that is well over 60+ years, or more!
2 years ago
I had some fresh pomegranate seeds & it's juice in frig & forgot about it for awhile. On a whim, just to see what would happen I planted 8 seeds. Well, 2 out of the 8 seeds sprouted last spring!! I m still excited about my 2 pomegranate plants. One is way over 4 ft. & the other about 2 ft. They do have a few side shoots as well. Since I am in zone 6, I plan growing them in large containers. I'm not sure when it would be ok to place them outside or let them grow inside . Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
2 years ago
Steve Thorn thank you for the tips on when to do too cuttings from my mulberry tree. I had not thought of air layering. Have read very little on the subject, but am willing to learn. If I do get any to root & plant, is it possible to keep them small like a shrub?
2 years ago
I have a very old ( red) mulberry tree, that was gifted to me. It has produced so many berries over the years. Some for the wildbirds, some for my chickens & lots for me 😄 ! A few years ago it was damaged by freak ice storm. But still produces berries. I want to get some starts or cuttings from the tree. But have no idea when I should do this?

3 years ago
What a wonderful talent you have. We have much in common, I am a self taught spinner of alpaca & any natural plant fiber I can find. 🤗. In the beginning, I couldn't find any local tools to use. So I made them myself. It was very interesting research , I have learned a lot. Your spindles are a work of art. Would like to learn how to use the kind with the 'wings' or criss cross pieces.
3 years ago
Just love finding natural fibers in my yard.  When I did gather some leaves, I dried some fresh leaves & soaked some in rain water.Also gathered some fallen dried leaves & soaked them as well, to see which ones could be spun into some kind of thread. But I didn't scrape off the outer layer. Next time I am scraping the leaves, that's a promise.
3 years ago
Welcome Dan Chiras, Author of The Chinese Greenhouse! Can't wait to learn what exactly a Chinese Greenhouse is. I haven't heard of this before.
3 years ago
My large yard areas & garden paths have lots of Queen Anne's lace, yarrow & newly planted Roman chamomle in the herb garden. There is an abundance of jewel weed , that honey bees & hummingbirds just love. I use many of the 'wild plants' for medicinal use & making fiber dyes for the alpaca fibers that were purchased locally.
3 years ago