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lavender cutting, books of note, wattle, and back panel of niece's easter sweater finished

So I know I promised to show a how-to on spur pruning grapevines-and I will-but I had things I wanted to blog about first, before I forgot. One is that yes indeedy, you CAN start lavender cuttings in water, but it must have a LOT of heel wood on it. The water must be changed often to prevent rotting lavender stems on your windowsill. After letting the roots progress for a few days I planted my cutting in dirt, and made sure it had nice damp soil to echo the conditions of the water jar. We'll see how it goes.



Also, I finished the back panel of my niece's Easter sweater yay! And to my satisfaction, too, which is no small thing.

 

I also have been reading a couple books of note. Two are the Jelly Roll Quilts-the photos inside of them show these really beautiful quilts which make me want to go fabric shopping immediately. :D

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Both are by Pam and Nicky Lintott. Yes, they are both really good. Yes I am going to start another quilt soom because of them. :p

Also, this book is awesome. It tells you how to make your own jerky, smoked turkey, marshmallows, jams and jellies, etc. etc.



I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but I know I'm going to. A lot. Did I mention they also tell you how to make fries, potato chips, and crackers? Mmmmm....

On another strand of thought, this is what I'm going to use for the gate of my garden. The technique is called wattle. I'd never heard of it before until I'd read a country life by Paul Heiney. 




Making wattle fences are like like weaving placemats...except out of wood, bigger, and you use it for gates and fences. It sounds awesome to me, personally, and it's been around forever.









  

  









So yeah, those are my thoughts today. That and holy crap what am I going to do with 55 cherry tomato seedlings?




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