Planning the Garden

Homegrown Broccoli and Strawberries

I don’t know about you, but I have a major case of spring fever! I’ve organized and reorganized my seed collection about a zillion times, have baby broccoli sprouting in my basement and a bunch of winter-sown herbs in milk jugs on my back porch. Soon, I can start sowing lettuce, spinach & carrots and put my spring onions and peas in the ground. Then it will be time to start the 20+ varieties of … Continue reading

My Favorite Cold & Flu Tincture

Favorite Cold & Flu Tincture

Everyone has their favorite way to prevent and treat colds and the flu; today, I’ll share mine with you! It’s a simple little cold and flu tincture that I grab whenever someone says they are feeling icky. I also dose it out when we’ve been around crowds or people that are coughing or showing other signs of illness. (So, basically most holiday gatherings.) If you take it quickly enough, more often than not, you’ll wipe … Continue reading

Sunflower Jelly

Sunflower Jelly

I first got the idea for making sunflower jelly whilst I was pondering the happy row of flowers in my garden and wondering what other uses I could extract from them besides the seed. I remembered reading that the petals were edible and could be sprinkled in salads. During further research, I read that Native Americans used a decoction from the head for respiratory ailments. Whether this is completely true or not, I have no … Continue reading

Five Uses for Lavender Vinegar

5 Ways to Use Lavender Vinegar

For the past few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with lavender vinegar and must say, I love it as much as rose petal vinegar! It’s made in pretty much the same way: gather lavender, rub the buds off into a jar, then cover with vinegar. Immediately cap to keep the vapors in. Store in a dark cabinet for a few weeks, shaking periodically. If you don’t have fresh lavender, just can buy dried from Mountain Rose … Continue reading

Five Uses for Hollyhocks

Five Uses for Hollyhocks

Many people don’t realize that the common garden flower, Hollyhock, is completely edible – root, leaves and blossoms – and useful for more than just its charming looks. It’s a direct relation to Marshmallow and can be used interchangeably for that herb; the primary exception being that Hollyhocks have woodier and tougher roots, and are less palatable for eating purposes than Marshmallow’s softer roots. One thing to remember about this plant is that high heat … Continue reading

Recycle a Milk Jug Into a Watering Can

milk jug watering can index

Just the other day, I was lamenting my lack of a watering can, but was unwilling to put the money into buying one. Then I found this solution somewhere online. I thought I bookmarked it, but can’t find the source to give due credit. It’s one of those simple yet ingenious ideas that leave you wondering, why didn’t I think of this already?! Simply take a nail and hammer/punch holes in the cap of a … Continue reading

In the Garden & My Lab… I Mean Kitchen.

Recycling old soda bottles.

It was a sunny, if cold day, and we got a lot accomplished in the garden. Although I already have 24 healthy little broccoli seedlings under a grow light, I couldn’t resist some lovely plants they had just put out at Lowe’s yesterday. We discovered a pretty good trick a few years back as far as growing broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage early. We cut the top and bottom off of two-liter soda bottles and put … Continue reading