Archive for May 2016

Season Veggies – Salt Your Garden

Epsom Salts for your Garden

Epsom Salt Bag

You use Epsom Salts for achy feet and joints in a good tub soak.  How can it be useful for your garden?

Epsom salts is loaded with magnesium and sulfate, giving your plants the nutrition they need to grow.

Instructions

  • Dissolve 3 cups of Epsom salt in water, adding water slowly.
  • Pour solution onto the base of your plants to fully soak the soil.

This solution may be used on fruits, vegetables and any landscape plants.  Check with your gardening store if you have hydrangea’s as this may change their color, depending on the variety.

I use this in my garden, but especially for my tomatoes and peppers.  This increases the sweetness of the tomatoes and the size of the peppers.

 

New to Gardening?

News for Novice and Experienced Gardeners

raised garden beds

As a new gardener it is easy to get out and begin planting everything as soon as you can.  This is a novice mistake.  Gardens take a bit of planning.

First you need to know:

  • what area of the country you are in and when the last frost will be.
  • You need to know where you will be planting, in direct sun, partial shade or total shade?
  • What will you be planting?  Vegetables, herbs, and/or flowers?

 

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The Easiest Ways to Like Doing Laundry

Natural Laundry Supplies

jars of Borax and washing soda

I have allergies, but also don’t like the many chemicals found in laundry detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets.  Some studies have shown these to contain carcinogens.   I just don’t want to take the chance.

Doing the laundry is never fun, but you can feel good about it with these simple recipes.  You save money, it only takes a few minutes to make, and your family may never have an adverse allergy to their clothes!

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Mosquito Repelling Plants

Protect Your Family and Pets

Beware Mosquito

Now is the time to start planning our gardens.  If you have the ability to start from seed, these are easy plants to grow outside.

I am fortunate to have a garden center that sells not only flowers, but organic plants and herbs, as well.  I have no room to grow seeds anywhere in my home (north facing windows, small basement, etc).  So I opt for getting these plants as seedlings and planting them in pots and gardens around my deck and patio.

 

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4 Ways to Save Money

DIY Alternatives to Expensive Commercial Brands

foot soak

Saving time and money is great, but wait to see how easy these 4 “fixes” will be.  I believe in eliminating chemicals in my home whenever I can.  Sometimes it is so easy, it makes me wonder why I have been paying those high prices in department stores.

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Best Ways to Fix Household Problems

Home Solutions

stuck zipper

Ever get irritated by a squeaky door, stuck zipper or scuff marks on your floor?  Want a natural way to do things and have time to relax?  Me too!  I have come up with a list of things you can fix, clean or improve without buying anything commercial.

I love to find ways to use natural items I have at home to fix or repair something.  I like things that are quick, easy and inexpensive, but most of all – natural!

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