Growing soap

I am procrastinating writing a solar dehydration class.

I just got Martin Crawford’s Creating a Forest Garden in the mail Thursday, and flipping through the pretty pictures has reminded me of a plant I want to incorporate into the garden next year – soapwort.

It’s pretty, low enough to blend into the other ornamental perennials already present, and extremely useful. The jar in the below picture (from a Junior Master Gardener show and tell session) shows some suds from just shaking purchased shredded dried root in a jar with cold water – imagine how much better you can do extracting with hot water!

Or, don’t imagine – check out these people. This is so going on my project list.

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