Getting Ready to Garden- Part 2: Preparing Beds

Q: What’s the most important ingredient in your garden? A: Your soil! The folks at Seattle Tilth, in my training and in the Maritime NW Garden Guide, have always emphasized…

Flower’s first post- Making a pattern, otherwise known as winging it!

Introducing… Flower! Yes, I have a very good friend named Flower, it’s no joke. Funny story: One time, at a bar, we were asked our names by a couple of…

My “Meringue” skirt- dance party tested, sewing nerd approved

For a long time, I have dreamed of making my own clothes, so this is kind of a milestone for me. Last weekend, I completed my first ever garment; the…

Starting Seeds Indoors and the Quest for Homemade Sauerkraut

I used to hate sauerkraut when I was a kid. I thought it smelled like boiling, smelly socks. Now I love it! When I started growing vegetables, I was so…

Getting the novelty prints out of my system…

I found these chicken and egg contrasting fabrics at Pacific Fabrics and since I have chickens, I had to get them! My first apron! The instructions came from the book, Sew…

Getting Ready to Garden- Part 1: Garden Planning

In the northwest, if you cover your soil with a cloche, or plastic, early enough in the season for the ground to dry and warm up a little, planting peas…

Overwintering Vegetables- what’s in my garden now

I have had so-so success with overwintering vegetables. I seem to do better ever year, so that is something, I guess. Last Fall, I planted beets and cabbage under my…

Garden Helpers

In 2010, I participated in a program called the “Garden Helpers” that was a collaboration between Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle and Seattle Tilth. It was basically the Comprehensive Organic Gardening course that…

Cute as a button sewing machine cover

When I took my Pattern Reading class at the West Seattle Fabric Company, I picked up a book called One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects. All the projects in it…

More gardening inspiration

Before I bought my house, when I lived in a loft in Pioneer Square, with no place to even think of growing anything, I started photo assisting for photographer Jim Henkens.…

Welcome to Rake and Make!

Five years ago, when I first bought my house and was trying to figure out what I was going to do with the intimidating grassy area in my front yard,…