10 Mar 2015

How To Plant Strawberries from Bare Root Stock: Garden DIY

How To Plant Strawberries from Bare Root Stock: Garden DIY

Nothing says spring like the sweet-tart taste of the first crisp, red, home-grown strawberry. Although the calendar says the start of spring is still a few weeks off, now is the time to prepare your patch. But do you know how to plant strawberries? Our favorite way to plant a strawberry patch is to use […]

16 Feb 2015

Get Your Garden Ready for Spring In 5 Simple Steps

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Get Your Garden Ready for Spring In 5 Simple Steps

Have you seen the Camellia trees laden with blooms? The crocus flowers opening up? The buds forming on bare tree branches? The “February Spring Fake-out” is in full force here in Portland, and we’re LOVING IT. But don’t get ahead of yourself and do anything rash, like set your tomato starts outside. We’re still well […]

20 Nov 2014

How To Force Bulbs for Indoor Blossoms

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How To Force Bulbs for Indoor Blossoms

Let’s face it; this time of year, no matter how many windows you may have, it’s hard to keep the home bright. Since the sun is setting before 4:30 PM on our gray Portland days, we figured this would be a good time to share one of our favorite tricks to add a little indoor […]

6 Nov 2014

Japanese Tie-Dye with Shibori Indigo Dye Kit

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Japanese Tie-Dye with Shibori Indigo Dye Kit

The Blue Gold. That’s how many referred to the plant-based dye, Indigo, for the hundreds of years in which it was one of the most valuable trade commodities moving from India to Europe. Indigo puts the “blue” in your blue jeans. But not true indigo — around the turn of the century, a synthetic version […]

15 Oct 2014

Make Your Own Kokedama String Gardens

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Make Your Own Kokedama String Gardens

We’re fascinated by Kokedama String Gardens, those mystical floating moss balls that somehow contain live, growing plants. Sitting on a coffee table, hanging in a sunny kitchen window, or cascading above a clawfoot tub, we love Kokedama for their simplicity and versatility: they’re ideal for small spaces, live for years, and never have to be […]

2 Oct 2014

Fall Houseplant Care: Indoor Garden Tips

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Fall Houseplant Care: Indoor Garden Tips

Fall is in the air. Here in Portland, that means it’s cool and damp, and we’re bringing out our coziest wool flannels and sweaters to keep warm. As the leaves are changing outside, your indoor garden is feeling the onset of fall as well. Just as you’re changing your wardrobe, so too do you have […]

17 Jul 2014

Make An Aerium: Projects for Interior Rewilding

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Make An Aerium: Projects for Interior Rewilding

We’re always striving for simplicity at Pistils. Our small shop walks the line between carefully curated and chaotic clutter. Perhaps that’s why, in recent years, we’ve gravitated towards aeriums both in our shop and in our homes: they’re elegant and eye-catching, yet contained. And fortunately, you can make an aerium with that same cherished simplicity. […]

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