Episode 5 – Dandelions will make you wise

In this episode, I have an unpleasant spinning encounter with ramie. And I just can’t get that sucker to dye, even with my beloved dandelions.

In the vegan segment, what’s to eat if you don’t eat meat?

And, the time has come to talk about bugs, yes bugs, those tiny, much-hated creatures.

Show links:

Lotion bars – I used candelilla wax instead of beeswax.

Gathering and processing Scotch Broom to make into fibre, showing retting (in Italian).
Part one
Part two

The Dandelion Celebration: A Guide to Unexpected Cuisine by Peter Gail. This links to Amazon but they don’t carry it and the prices asked by outside sellers is ridiculous. See if your local library has it.

Quirks and Quarks: Oceans of Trouble on Vegan – Vegetarian Solutions for a Sustainable Environment podcast. Also available on iTunes. It’s the March 14, 2010 episode.

The Weight of the Nation on HBO

SPUD Sustainable Produce, Urban Delivery

The Voice of the Infinite in the Small: Re-Visioning the Insect-Human Connection by Joanne Elizabeth Lauck

Humane, Homemade Fruit Fly Trap

Handspun ramie singles

Dandelion dye – cold soaked the flowers overnight and simmered for an hour

Ramie after 24 hours in the dandelion dyepot

Ramie, 24 hours after communing with yellow dock. Much ado about nothing