It probably won’t surprise you to know that, in my kitchen, I have a pineapple plant grown from the top of a supermarket pineapple, a motley collection of house plants, and a red oak seedling pulled from my garden with roots in tact, and now growing in a bottle of water. In short, I’m often tempted to experiment with the bits of nature that come my way, either by way of the supermarket, the garden or the greater world outside.
So, when I first opened up Amy Renea’s book, Crafting with Nature, I was immediately smitten. Want to make a lavender wreath? Here’s how you do it. Want to find something to do with your bumper crop of lamb’s ears and sage? Try this! I was thrilled by the variety and volume of ideas and more than a little tempted to drop everything, and whip up a few all natural lotion bars and luscious healing whips.
When I flipped to the section on beets, I knew that would be the right place to start. Beets have long been one of my garden stand-bys, and I was happily surprised with some ideas I had never thought of. How had I never thought to slice off beet tops and keep them growing for baby beet greens?! Or, to boil the skins to make dye?
I still haven’t decided what to do with the beet dye (too many choices). Maybe I’ll stick it in the freezer and use it for a frozen cranberry wreath this winter. (Another enticing idea!), but in the mean time, I’ll be happily sprinking those beet greens in smoothies and salads.
In the interest of full disclosure, I did receive a free copy of this book to review, but I was beyond thrilled to take a look inside and give it a try. I will undoubtedly be trying out lots of the other ideas/ recipe/ crafts in it, and in fact, I’ve aready got another one in the works. But I’ll tell you about that one in another upcoming post.
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Sounds an interesting book. I have stained various things accidentally with beetroot so was a bit disappointed that when I tried dyeing with them the colour washed out. Maybe need to check out the book for how to do it properly.
So I did learn something about that – beet root doesn’t dye plant fibers very well (cotton, linen) but works well for aminal fibers (wool, silk.) If it did, I would have a stack of pink napkins by now. I have a piece of white silk somewhere nad I think I might dye it pink when I find it, just to give it a try 😉
That explains why my cotton wasn’t successful. I shall have to try with wool. Thanks for the info.
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Hi! Happy Summer! That is a great idea to put the tops of beets in water!
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Isn’t it though? I can’t believe I never thought of it before! Happy summer to you too!
Oh I LOVE this and will definitely be having a go. My blog is all about food waste reduction and I think this is a brilliant application and not too tenuous. Great post!