It’s well and truly spring, Our native orchids are in bloom.
So is E Torquata, the Coolgardie gum. The bees are happy about the whole thing.
I’ve been out demanding action on climate change, with people all over the world (and hundreds locally).
Fledging birds are getting in strife all over the metropolitan area (and many more are flying without difficulty, I hope)!
The nettle harvest is in, such as it is. I have gathered the largest nettles from our backyard, my parents’ garden and the local verges.
And the silkworms are growing. The small ones are still very small, and there is still only one mulberry tree with enough leaves to pick in the neighbourhood. I’m picking fruit as well as leaves.
The silkworms are stripy in some cases and creamy in others, just like last year… and I still have no idea why. We’ve done our 12km City to Bay run!! And work has been overwhelming. Hopefully, less so from this point forward–so there might be a bit more crafting and posting.
4 responses to “Week 4 Silkworm update”
Another fellow nettle gatherer! I feel very happy to not be alone in this interest.
I hope you’re having more success with extracting nettle fibre than I am, if that’s why you’re gathering. I have cooked with them (but don’t much enjoy the flavour), composted with them, but had very little success with fibre–so if you have tips, go right ahead and share!
Good idea. I’ll write a blog entry about what I do know and the experiments I have done with them so far. Haven’t had much access to any this year but have a small batch of dried fibres that I muck about with.
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